Today’s game is seriously cerebral.
We first created this “Christmas Timeline” for a party we hosted for old college friends, but we’ve since used it with homeschool classes and physician groups, as well. It is perfect for folks who appreciate a challenge and love to learn.
The object of the game is to place 21 events in chronological order in a fixed amount of time. You can allow guests to work individually, as couples, or in teams. Set the timer for 5-10 minutes and go to it.
Our original version was extremely challenging. It just included a list of events and a timeline on which to place them… no additional clues.
Whichever version you use, you’ll find that the fun (and educational) part of the game is the “grading.”
Instead of just reading out a list of answers, I like to lead a little discussion. I’ll say, “Okay, which of these events happened first?” and guests will call out their guesses. If somebody gets it right, I’ll throw them a peppermint or a candy kiss, then elaborate on the event by reading the details from the answer key.
Then we’ll move on to “What happened next?” and repeat the process.
We usually have at least one history buff who does very well. And we always award a prize to the person with the most correct answers, although this is admittedly a little tricky to judge: if a guest gets one event out of place, but everything is in the correct order thereafter, we only count it as missing one, even though his numbers (or letters) may be off for several events following. Does that make sense?
I hope you’ll give this Timeline Challenge a try, even if you just work through it yourself or with your family. Let me know how you do — especially if you get 100%. We’ve seen some folks get really close (90-95%), but I can’t remember anybody ever getting them all!