Capital Match Board Game

Capital match board game is all about matching the capital with its corresponding states and also matching the countries with its capital. The whole idea about this game is to make the kids more cognitive about the countries and the capitals all around the world. Lets see about how to play this game in this section.

I am having 6 year and 8 year old kids. I always keep them occupied with one or the other educational or the physical games rather than spending most of the time in watching TV. Likewise last year I was teaching those countries and capital and also the Indian states and their capital. After learning 4 to 6 countries they started getting bored and they were least interested. So to make them to learn more countries and capitals, I identified an innovative game so that they will get interest and start learning towards it. And at last in the time span of 15 days, this game became super doper hit and almost all the children from our apartment got inspired and started playing the game, rather to say that they started learning the countries and capital.

Things that are required to play the game

Game board with checkers marking 60 checks.
32 countries + 32 Capital = 64 International cards
28 states + 28 capitals = 56 National cards.
Score sheet.

What is this game all about?

This game will have different countries all over the world along with its capital cities as one list (international card) and states and capital of India (national card) as the other list. Based on the number of the people plays the game, we can decide to go with national cards or with the international cards. Suppose if the whole family is planning to play the game (say 6 members) then we can include both the national cards and international cards.

Minimum criteria: - Minimum 3 people are needed to make this game more interesting.

Who is the Winner?

By default only one person will be the winner of the game. Based on the scores the winner is decided. The person identifying the states and capital of India will be given the score as 5 and the person identifying the right countries and their capitals are given 10 points. Suppose if both the person scores the same point then the winner will be decided based on time, who matches first the entire card allocated to them.
The winner of the current game will be the starting (first) player of the next game.

How to play the game?

  • Based on the number of players (kids/parents), it will be decided whether to play international or national game.

  • Let's assume 3 people are playing the international game +national game.

  • So all the 120 cards are shuffled well in a basket.

  • And a referee for the game (mummy) or the player-1 (who is the winner of the last game) will divide the cards equally and give to the members of the team. In this case 40 cards are given to the 3 players.

  • The board consists of totally 60 checkers for matching both the countries and capitals in one box. But here if three persons are playing the game then 20 checkers will belong to one person. Suppose if 4 people are playing the game then 15 checkers will be given to one person.

  • After shuffling and distributing the cards, the players are given 5-10 minutes to assemble the cards with the countries and their corresponding capital.

  • All the players will start keeping the countries and their capital in the checks provided in the board as given below.

  • For each international country 10 points and national state/capital 5 points will be included in the score board.

  • After arranging the matched cards, now all the players will have either countries or the capitals unmapped.

  • So in the first round, first player and second player turn the card upside down and they will exchange the cards, without knowing each other about the card that they are going to get.

  • If both the players have the cards paired to the capital/country then they will fill the box and increase the scoreboard.

  • Likewise second and third player will exchange their unmatched cards by turning upside down and they will try to match the cards and will update the score board accordingly. If the cards that are taken by them are not matching then they will continue playing until they finish all the cards from their hand.

  • The game will be over when there are no cards with all the players or the last player does not know how to match the cards (capital + countries).

  • Board with checks
    Quickie capital match

    National Cards
    Quickie capital match1

    Children Swapping the card
    Quickie capital match2

    International cards
    Quickie capital match4

    Playing the game
    Quickie capital match3

    Lessons learnt by children after playing this game:

  • This game will create cognitive about countries and capital across the world.

  • When parents play the game with the kids this will enhance the healthy competition for the kids.

  • Practical thinking, decision making, accept both win and lose concepts equally, increases memory and creativity.

  • Theme of this game

  • Children of above 3+ years can play this game. And also there is no specific age limit for this game. Parents, grandparents can also play this game with their kids.

  • This game will make the students and the kids to know about the countries and the capital cities.

  • The more often the game is played by the kids then they will get very well acquainted to the geographic location.

  • Since this game can involve more than 2 people, father and mother can very well play the games along with the kids. So that this will bring unity between the parents and the children.

  • Final Note

    Nowadays both the parents are working and they hardly have time to spend with their kids. If the parents spare some 1-2 hours during this vacation by playing games with their kids, this memory will truly will last for a life time and at the same time this will increase the aptitude in children. Suppose if the kids are starting their teen age then this same game can be played with biological names with its nomenclatures instead of having countries and capital.


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