History Heroes are a range of games that are both fun and educational. We all know learning through play is incredibly powerful. These games prove that as you use them with your children. I love history anyway and as a home educator was very keen to review them.
History Heroes has launched their first, brand new Science Museum licensed card games: SPACE and LONDON. I love that both SPACE and LONDON are games that are fun for all age groups. I hate games that only appeal to certain members of the family. These would work well for any age I think and encourage story-telling between the generations too.
Learning through play
Each pack of History Heroes cards has 40 of the greatest characters on each theme highlighted on a beautifully illustrated card with fascinating facts about each of them The aim of the games is to try and win the cards by guessing who the characters are from the facts read out from the cards. My children enjoyed guessing and I was delighted at their reasonable knowledge of history. It was also great to identify where the gaps were so that we can plug these on our home education journey one baby step at a time. My youngest child was not at all confident in his ability around history and these cards helped to show me that which means I can support him better moving forwards.
Grown-ups learn too
I like to think I know a lot of history. I did the subject at 0-Level and A-Level and just got better at it the more I studied. To be honest, I often wonder if I should have done History at university instead of Law. I still enjoy reading about history and watching documentaries about times past. It was good to know that I too had gaps in my knowledge that can now be fixed. These games act as diving-board into news interests and further research.
Link to the Science Museum
These two huge themes – LONDON and SPACE – appealed to both History Heroes and the Science Museum as a great way of launching this new series of History Heroes games, licensed by the Museum. It was fantastic for History Heroes to be able to tap into the vast reservoirs of the Science Museum’s knowledge and information about SPACE and SPACE exploration. The Science Museum’s commitment to inspiring everyone to enjoy and engage with STEM subjects helped shape the LONDON game too. As History Heroes’ Alexandra Ehrmann explains, “The topic of London is so huge that we could have gone in many different directions with the game. Creating this game as a Science Museum licensed game gave us an extra rigour to be relevant to their values too. Concentrating on the people who helped make and shape London has given the game a great focus, especially as that same narrative demands including characters, who have helped shape the city culturally too. As a born and bred Londoner, I can’t help but find the LONDON game deeply cool!”
The perfect stocking fillers
The games come as packs of cards. These make them ideal stocking fillers. History Heroes: LONDON and SPACE games are the latest release in a series that also features KINGS & QUEENS, WORLD WAR TWO, WOMEN, SCIENTISTS, EXPLORERS, SPORT, CHILDREN in history, INVENTORS and WORLD WAR ONE.