Learning About the Environment Through Play

Learning About the Environment Through Play

Séverine Baron
Apr 11, 2013

This season has been sort of drab up here, and it's been raining or just plain grey and cold lately. So I've been looking at different options for indoor entertainment, and since my son has been into board games, I figured I would find different games than the usual.

Here are a few games that make it fun to learn about recycling, gardening, the climate, and more.  


1. Endango: This can be played as a cooperative game, and teaches about conservation. 

2. Meltdown: The aim is to move a polar bear family to the mainland while the ice melts (literally). Looks like a lot of fun.

3. Bios Megafauna:You are a proto-mammal right after the apocalypse that wiped out 96% of the planet. You have to survive environmental changes. It can also be played alone, which is rare.

4. CO2: In this game you are a CEO of a power plant company faced with requests for green sustainable power. "The goal is to stop the increase of pollution, while meeting the rising demand for sustainable energy."

5. EcoFluxx: Mostly a card game, this one basically builds on sets of rules and goals for animals and environment. 


6. Harvest Time: The name speaks for itself. Harvesting a garden before the end of the season and as a community.

7. What's Rubbish: This one also speaks for itself and teaches about recycling.     

8. Bioviva: This game lets you travel throughout the world and discover the Earth.

9. Ethica: I put this one on the list for much older kids, age 15 and over. It seems like a very smart game exploring the world of finances and its impact on the environment and society. 

10. Earthopoly: Instead of streets you get great locations to care for and get carbon credits that can be exchanged for clean air. 

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