My family has a love of board games. Especially when they are educational and can be incorporated into our homeschool. When I first heard of Quest for Arete, I immediately knew I wanted to try playing it with my girls.
How to Introduce Your Kids to the Periodic Table of Elements in a Fun Way
The periodic table of elements can be very intimidating for many. It definitely was for me. I don’t remember much from my chemistry class in high school. I either slept or stared into space in utter confusion the entire class period.
Now that I’m an adult I understand it much better. Unfortunately, as a kid, it all looked and sounded like a jumble of nonsense.
I became a mom on a mission to introduce the girls to chemistry slowly. I was determined to begin at a young age and find a way to make it fun. I wanted to avoid a future full of glazed over eyes when the teenage years catch up to us.
While I found a couple resources here and there in my hunt for the perfect teaching tools, I knew I struck gold when I learned about Quest for Arete. It was official – chemistry was going to become fun one way or another!
*Disclaimer: I received my copy of Quest for Arete for free in exchange for an honest review. I was also compensated for my time. The thoughts and opinions I have expressed here today and always are 100% real. For more details please refer to my disclaimer page.
What is Quest for Arete?
“Quest for Arete” is a collectible, elemental card game recommended for ages 12 and up. It is set back in the medieval times complete with magicians and sorcerers.
Players are known as apprentices. Apprentices are trained on how to use magical elements within the cards to create potions and spells. The potions and spells are then used in duels against other sorcerers. The ultimate goal of the game is to reach the highest form of Arete (otherwise known as “greatness”).
How Do You Play Quest for Arete?
Each card represents an element on the periodic table of elements, and each element is worth a certain value of points. There is also a list of potions and spells on each card. Each spell will give the player a certain number of points and will help the players in a defensive or offensive way.
This game is extremely complex but is taught to be played in stages. The earliest stage teaches simple spell and potion making, and then gradually gets more involved as you become more experienced.
As you move along into more complex gameplay, players are able to incorporate characters that have certain strengths based on which house they were trained in.
To make learning how to play easier, there is an instructional video the players can watch on the website. This video teaches the rules of the game, one step at a time.
How We Use Quest for Arete in Our Homeschool
Before we even opened the box, I showed the girls what the periodic table of elements is. I didn’t want them to be completely lost before we even started to play. As we started to practice our spell making, we discussed some of the more familiar elements.
The game also introduced the girls to roman numerals. They were able to practice identifying what each numeral represented throughout the game as they accumulated points for creating spells.
Adding the points together was a perfect opportunity for KK to practice her addition facts too.
Originally when I opened the box and read through the instructions, I was extremely overwhelmed. It is definitely a very complex game.
Once I decided to go through the directions very slowly (including pausing and rewinding the instruction video multiple times), I finally seemed to catch on and understand the cards more. When I grew accustomed to the cards and the very basics of potion and spell making, the game became much easier to understand.
Even though the girls are only 8 and 9 years old, they seemed to catch on fairly easy. That being said, I would not let the ages 12 and up scare you away if your kids are slightly younger.
I do, however, recommend that you plan on spending some time with your kids in the beginning as they learn how to play.
“Quest for Arete” has made me a happy mom. It has helped my girls familiarize themselves more and more with the elements on the periodic table. I know this knowledge will greatly benefit them in the future.
I also love that it is an enjoyable game that they will never outgrow. It will grow with them by adding new levels of challenges and difficulty with each new level the game is played at.
How to Buy Quest for Arete
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