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Melting Ice Board Game Shows Kids Effects Of Global Warming

'Meltdown' features blocks made of ice and players must guide a polar bear family to safety across them as they slowly disappear.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on March 12, 2013.

To demonstrate the consequences of global warming, this board game literally melts. ‘Meltdown‘ was created by GEOlino, a German science magazine for children, to show its young readers the effects in a playful way.

The aim of the game is to save a polar bear family by guiding them from melting ice to the safety of the mainland. The game teaches children about global warming in an engaging, easy-to-understand way.

Melting Board Game Shows Kids The Effects Of Global Warming

The game board for Meltdown is made out of sponge and the game blocks are made of ice. Before playing, the accompanying mold needs to be filled with water and placed in the freezer.

When frozen, the blocks can be removed and arranged to form a small version of the Arctic. After the game begins, it is a race against time to guide the polar bears to safety across the slowly melting ice blocks.

The blue sponge board, which represents the sea, usefully absorbs the ice when it melts. You can check out Meltdown in action in the video below:

GEOlino Meltdown

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