I'm a big fan of the Totally Rad Show. When I saw they had done a review (http://revision3.com/trs/smash-up) of the new board game, Smash Up, I gathered the boys to watch it with me. They fell in love with the game immediately and proceeded to beg me and their mother to order it. Well it certainly didn't take much to convince me and my wife didn't stand a chance against all three of us
Not surprisingly, the game was a Smash hit. Teaming up dinosaurs with aliens or ninjas and zombies is like a dream come true. The rules are simple, but there's enough tactical choices in the game to make it more deep than it appears at first.
Before the game even arrived my boys were creating some of their own cards. They even got to try some of them out after we received the game, but quickly found out their factions had way too many "destroy minion" cards in them to be functional. They are currently revising them.
Smash Up has a lot for a homeschooler to find useful. The cards typically have a good amount of text one needs to read. Also, math is needed continually as one is required to keep track of the total power of the minions at each location. I found that the text was difficult enough to challenge the reading of my oldest(8), but the totaling of minion powers was quite easy for him. However, the adding was at the perfect level (adding up single and sometimes double digit numbers) for my youngest(5). He's just begun to read, so I had to help him with that at first. Eventually he go to know what the cards did by look and learned to recognize a few of the more frequently used words.
All in all, Smash Up was another successful homeschooling/board gaming mash up for us.