GEOlino, the German science magazine for children, wanted its young readers to experience the effects of global warming. Not with dry-as-dust theory, but in a completely child-oriented way. That’s why we’ve developed MELTDOWN – the first board game that melts.
The aim of the game is to take a polar bear family from the permanent ice floes to safety on the mainland. It’s a race against time, as the way leads across real, slowly melting ice floes, which children can make themselves with the accompanying mould, a bit of water and a freezer compartment. The chunks of ice are arranged on a blue polar sea sponge to form a small Arctic. The sponge is used as the game board and absorbs the melted ice at the same time. Now you can start saving polar bears.
MELTDOWN makes children experience the effects of global warming in a playful way. Without any wagging finger – just one hand to roll the dice.
MELTDOWN is a great game for kids, but another popular game for kids is Club Penguin. It’s a game created by Disney where kids get to control penguins in the arctic. It doesn’t show any experiences with the effects of global warming but kids love this game. It’s more in line with an MMORPG. If your child is interested in this game then they need to head over and check out some fan sites for Club Penguin. Here’s one that is used a lot for missions 1-11.