Duration: 60-120 min
Number of players: 3-4 player/s
Materials/ Tools needed: Set of the game
Publisher: KOSMOS
Language: All

A strategic board game where players compete to settle an island, gather resources, and build settlements and cities to become the dominant force on the island.

Short description/ Goal of the game:

In CATAN (formerly The Settlers of Catan), players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. On each turn dice are rolled to determine what resources the island produces. Players build by spending resources (sheep, wheat, wood, brick and ore) that are depicted by these resource cards; each land type, with the exception of the unproductive desert, produces a specific resource: hills produce brick, forests produce wood, mountains produce ore, fields produce wheat, and pastures produce sheep.

Educational value/ Learning Objectives:

  • improve mathematical skills, logical thinking
  • raise awareness upon resource management, leading a household/community

Recommendations for use: 

  • educate about middle ages, about trading
  • up to 10 years old

Tips and Tricks for Facilitators 

How to adapt game for different groups, topics, occasions/needs

  • lover the level of point needs to be achieved for  young children

Feedback questions

  • What have you learned about trading culture?
  • What have you learned about yourself?
  • What were the key elements in the game in order to succeed?
  • What skills can you improve while playing this game?

Further discussion topics
What different kinds of market systems do you know?