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Milton Bradley FREE Unit Study

This week in our 10 Weeks of Summer Reading series we have a FREE Unit Study about Milton Bradley. Mr. Bradley was an entrepreneur and designer of games and other related products.  You will learn about his interesting life and company and have a chance to help your children develop their entrepreneurial skills!

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The Book about Milton Bradley

The Milton Bradley unit study is based upon Who Was Milton Bradley?  This book shares Mr. Bradley’s early family history, the various business ventures he tried, a variety of games and other products he created and details about his adult life.  His entrepreneurial spirit will inspire your children!

Who Was Milton Bradley?
  • Anderson, Kirsten (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 08/02/2016 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

The Milton Bradley FREE Printable Unit Study

The printable unit study includes the following:

Notebooking pages about his life.

A timeline activity to chart his life and the games he created.

Notetaking sheets, timeline, Venn diagram

A Game Design Planner with templates to create your own game.

A ‘Patent Application‘ to practice your writing and drawing while completing an application for the game (or anything else) you create.

A math activity about the profitability of starting a business, including a chart for determining how much it will cost to make the game you design and what you should sell it for.

A compare and contrast activity to compare two existing games or compare your own game to another.

Game Design planning sheet, blank game board and dice, business plan, and patent application sheets.

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Play Some of Milton Bradley’s Games

After you read the book, play one of the games the Milton Bradley Company designed.  There are many games that were created over the years that are still sold today.  Below are just a few you might want to play!

The Game of Life

Mr. Bradley’s first game was the Checkered Game of Life.  The Milton Bradley Company released a new version on its 100th anniversary in 1963 and it is still popular today!

Hasbro Gaming The Game of Life Board Game, Family Games for Kids Ages 8+, Includes 31 Careers, Family Board Games for 2-4 Players, Family Gifts (Amazon Exclusive)
  • Choose an awesome vacation: take a ski trip, a safari, or go snorkeling in a coral Reef. Choose an awesome vacation from adventurous to relaxing
  • Choose an interesting career: players can choose from 31 Career cards featuring unusual or quirky careers such as ice cream flavor Maker or a secret Agent
  • Great family game: do you remember playing this classic Hasbro board game from your childhood. With instant setup and easy play, this exclusive edition is great fun to play when the family is together
  • Life is full of adventures: this edition of the game of life game includes 115 cards offering exciting choices As players move through the twists and turns of life
  • Play spin to win: who's bound for instant wealth and fortune. Play spin to win and find out. At the end, players pay debts, add up the wealth, and whoever has the most money at the end of the game wins

 Cootie (1927)

Hasbro Gaming Cootie
  • For Ages 3-6 yrs
  • Mix and match to create crazy critters
  • Perfect for younger children because there is no reading required
  • Two to Four players

Candy Land (1949)

Hasbro Gaming Candy Land Kingdom Of Sweet Adventures Board Game For Kids Ages 3 & Up (Amazon Exclusive)
  • CLASSIC BEGINNER GAME: Do you remember playing Candy Land when you were a kid? Introduce new generations to this sweet kids' board game
  • RACE TO THE CASTLE: Players encounter all kinds of "delicious" surprises as they move their cute gingerbread man pawn around the path in a race to the castle
  • NO READING REQUIRED TO PLAY: For kids ages 3 and up, Candy Land can be a great game for kids who haven't learned how to read yet
  • GREAT GAME FOR LITTLE ONES: The Candy Land board game features colored cards, sweet destinations, and fun illustrations that kids love

Twister (1966)

Classic Twister with Retro Design and Oversized Spinner by Winning Moves Games USA, Party Game for 2 or More Players, Indoor and Outdoor Fun for Kids Ages 6+
  • TYING PLAYERS UP IN KNOTS FOR GENERATIONS: Who doesn’t remember playing Twister as a kid? The Twister game is for adults and kids age 6 and up. Families can join in the fun together!
  • WHO’S GOT THE MOVES: Classic Twister gameplay challenges players to place their hands and feet on the correct spots without falling!
  • SPINNER, SPINNER, SPINNER!: Left foot blue, right foot yellow, keep it up if you can!
  • FUN PARTY GAME TO PLAY IN TEAMS: This group game includes instructions to play in teams, and in round robin tournament style!
  • INDOOR ACTIVITY FOR KIDS: Stuck inside? The Classic Twister game is an action-packed way for kids, tweens, and teens to "get their energy out."

Battleship (1967)

Hasbro Gaming Battleship With Planes Strategy Board Game for Ages 7 and Up (Amazon Exclusive)
  • A twist on the classic battleship game: This battleship game features airplanes in addition to Ships for awesome strategic gameplay and epic battles
  • Sink Ships and crash Planes: with this edition, fans of the battleship game can crash enemy Planes in addition to sinking Ships to win
  • Portable Game: the battleship game includes 2 portable battle cases so players can take it with them, and Dive into an instant game on the go
  • A childhood favorite: remember playing the battleship game as a kid. Kids and adults can enjoy playing this entertaining game together. It's also a great strategy game. Play it in the classroom
  • Convenient storage: The game has convenient ship, plane, and peg storage on the side of the ocean grid

Connect Four (1974)

Hasbro Gaming Connect 4 Strategy Board Game for Ages 6 and Up (Amazon Exclusive)
  • Add a blue disc to block opponents and lift discs higher
  • Features blue Blocker Disc: This game includes blue Blocker Disc that open doors to new strategies
  • Features blue Blocker Dics: this game includes blue Blocker Dics that open doors to new strategies

In 1984, the Milton Bradley Company was purchased by Hasbro.

Solve Rebus Puzzles

One of the games Milton Bradley created were Rebus puzzles that taught people about current events or history.  Try to solve some Rebus puzzles yourself:



Make Your Own Zoetrope

Making your own zoetrope like the one Milton Bradley created is a fun, hands on project!  We made one with Tinker Crate, but I also found this video that shows you how to make one after purchasing the templates from an Etsy shop.  Or maybe you will feel inspired to make your own from scratch after watching this video!

Related Books:

Milton Bradley started his business near the beginning of the Civil War and was involved in the Civil War by designing guns and making games for the troops.  If you want to learn more about the Civil War, here are some good books to get you started.

What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?
  • O'Connor, Jim (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 02/07/2013 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)
What Was the Underground Railroad?
  • McDonough, Yona Zeldis (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 12/26/2013 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)
Who Was Abraham Lincoln?
  • Pascal, Janet B. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 11/20/2008 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)


Related Resources:

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Let us know how you enjoyed this unit study and if came up with any of your own activities to go with it!