Trivia can be a lot of fun, especially when it is presented as a series of random facts about a variety of subjects. Silver Dolphin Books clearly understands the value of presenting children with crisp factual information in a way that is easy to comprehend and engaging via their fact card boxes called “Everything You Need To Know.” At present, this series consists of three boxes: one for grades K-1 (purple box), one for grades 2-3 (yellow box), and one for grades 4-5 (green box). Each set retails for $19.95 and includes 275 high-quality cards with content-appropriate imagery on them.
These sets are well packaged in bright cheerful boxes that include information about the subjects covered as well as examples of some of the lovely photos printed on the cards. The topics are varied from animals to weather to U.S. presidents and much more! Upon opening the lid, users will discover that the cards are neatly separated via color-coded sections with bold text clearly indicating the placement of each subject.
The cards are printed on high-quality paper so they are not likely to get easily bent out of shape or ripped. That said, they are thick enough to be fairly paper-cut-proof. The explanations of the subjects–even the more complex ones in the 4-5 set–are explained simply and include photos of the subject at hand (the visuals in the “Outer Space” category are particularly captivating).
Overall, these sets are very well put together with truly interesting facts and lovely visuals that adults will enjoy as much as kids. Although meant to be teaching tools, these cards also make great tools for family game night as prime sources of material for trivia questions. Overall, I give the “Everything You Need to Know” series 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend them.
To learn more about the series in general, see here. For specific sets click one of the following links: K-1, 2-3, 4-5.