Danube Game: Implementation by the Croatian group

We played Danube game with the children aged 7 to 10 attending Art workshop at POUZ. Since we played with children we chose only those cards we thought might be interesting and/or suitable for their age e.g. beaver, bird, Märzchen, Sachertorta etc. Game was played around the table just like any other memory game. Players opened cards clockwise and return them to their original place until they find a pair. After a pair was found children were asked to try and find on the Internet the picture they found e.g. Märzchen and tell rest of the group what is represented on the picture and where it can be found. Some pictures children guessed without any problems such as Plitvice lakes but other we had to explain such as Korbáčik. Children were mostly interested in finding animals.

After playing Danube game with children we played it also with our students.

Since we played with older adults we decided not to play a classic memory game since for this age it’s not entertaining any more. We placed a map with the course of Danube and several cards face down. Students then opened cards and tried to guess what is on the card and from which country it originates. If they didn’t know what’s on the card than the rest of the group tried to guess what it is. After we found the motive we placed it on the course of the Danube. Students were very disappointed to see that there was no Croatia on the map, and didn’t know where to place Plitvice Lake as well as grapes. We understand that you only placed the capital cities through which Danube flows but since Ulm was also on the map, we would have been happy if you put had Vukovar or Ilok for example. Our students said that it would be interesting to add also Vučedol (near Vukovar) as a very important archaeological site (http://vucedol.hr/en/), or Ilok vineyards (http://www.ilocki-podrumi.hr/en/about-ilocki-podrumi/about-us/).

Another thing that we think is important for playing the Danube game is to write on each picture a number or letter or something that would correspond to picture/motives translation because when we got a picture of some stones we had no idea what is it or where is it from. It’s hard to search on the Internet something you know nothing about. When the game is played in multicultural surrounding and there is someone from for example Romania he/she can say “This is…”, but when played at someone’s home in Croatia or Serbia, than you have no idea what’s on the card nor how to find it. So a number or letter on card corresponding to picture/motives translation would be very helpful.

Danube Game Croatian version