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Industrial revolution games for kids

Updated July 20, 2017

The Industrial Revolution was the era when machines and factories became a major part of the economy. This had far-reaching effects on society, transforming the way people worked and the way they lived. The revolution began in Europe and moved to the United States by the early nineteenth century. Many online games allow students to learn about the Industrial Revolution in a fun and engaging way.

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Who Wants to Be a Cotton Millionaire?

"Who Wants to Be a Cotton Millionaire?" is a game of simple strategy set in Victorian England. The player is an entrepreneur in the cotton business, and the object is to try to make enough money from the business to pay off debts. The player must pick a location for the factory, choose a type of labour (men, women or children), and pick which factory improvements are absolutely necessary. The game has two outcomes: success or debtor's prison.

Industrial Revolution Jeopardy

This game by Quia is a question-and-answer game with a set-up similar to the "Jeopardy" game show. Some of the ten categories include: Economy, Society, Causes and Effects, and Vocabulary. The game is for one or two players or two teams. Answering the questions, some of which are quite challenging, requires previous lessons on the Industrial Revolution.

Industrial Revolution Jeopardy: Classroom Style

This is probably the most interactive Jeopardy game for the classroom specifically designed on the Industrial Revolution. It allows teachers to put students in teams of up to five, and teachers can select the number of points awarded for each answer. For example, if two teams answer correctly, the teacher can award both teams points. The game also has graphics and sounds to help keep students engaged, and it is a great way to review for tests.

Muck and Brass

"Muck and Brass" is an easier game on the Industrial Revolution for middle schoolchildren. The student plays an adviser to a town leader who must make decisions that affect the lives of the people in the town. The player must review living conditions, factory jobs and town decor while at the same time trying to make a profit. This game is not as challenging as the others, but it allows students to review real-life living conditions during the Industrial Revolution.

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About the Author

Based in Bryn Athyn, Penn., Sarah Bostock has been writing since 2006. Her articles on education have been featured in "The Virginia English Bulletin." Bostock holds a Master of Science in English with a concentration in British literature from Radford University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in photography from Virginia Intermont College.

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