Knowledge Games

Knowledge games are defined here as games that focus on using acquired knowledge or learning new things.

Examples: Wits & Wagers, Catch Phrase, Bananagrams, Trivial Pursuit, Rush Hour, Scrabble, Words with Friends, Jeopardy, Scene It, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, Scattergories, Taboo, Balderdash, Cranium, Hedbanz, Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune

Library Applications: Trivia Party, Game Show, Scavenger Hunts, Geo-caching, Knowledge Bowls, Timed Jigsaw Puzzle Contests, Crossword Puzzles, Who Am I/20 Questions

This type of game is especially useful for a passive program wherein you set up the rules and goal (such as in a scavenger hunt) and your contestants play the game on their own and return to you when they’ve completed their goal(s).  A great example of this that I’ve read about recently can be found in YALS Volume 11, Number 2: “Teen Tech Week 2013: Get Your Tech On!”  In her article, Clair Segal describes an easy fix for TTW programming – the digital/online scavenger hunt.

Trivia games such as Jeopardy are also popular in libraries.  Not only can whole programs be created around them, but they can also be used within other programs (such as Summer Reading Finisher Parties, Teen Lock-ins, Harry Potter Costume Events). Here’s several ways to create a jeopardy game:

  • By Hand. Here’s an example of an easy way to make a reusable Jeopardy game.  I made a set of 20 Jeopardy pockets about five years ago and while I don’t use them all the time, they’re certainly handy for pulling out for the hands-on version of the game. I used file folders (taped on sides with bright duct tape).
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  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  •  Play online with custom games created by yourself or others.
  • Custom Flash Jeopardy Games  Use online tool to create a downloadable flash game with your questions/answers.

Please add your examples and applications below!


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