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Excellent game for a toddler/preschooler. I am a pediatric OT and love this game. I love that they incorporate "tongs" in the play of the game. I usually buy this for a child who is 2 1/2-3. It's usually one of their first games. The best part about this game is it holds up over time. You can easily have a 8-10 year old play and still be entertained. It is along the lines of a "Hi-Ho-Cheerio" but is better since it helps develop muscles of the hand needed for coloring, writing, and feeding.
This game is excellent for teaching kids colors and (to a much lesser degree) numbers. There is also a little bit of strategy in deciding who to steal an acorn from when the spinner lands on the robber.
The game consists of a log with colored rings that match colored acorns. The goal of the game is to fill your log with one of each color acorn in order to win. A spinning wheel dictates what color acorn you may choose by either directly landing on a color, landing on a wild spot that lets you choose your color, a wild spot that lets you choose 2 acorns, a robber which lets you steal an acorn from another player, or a storm that blows all of your acorns away.
While we really like this game, there are a couple of things to be aware of:
First, the game comes with a set of squirrel-shaped "tweezers" to pick up the acorns with. There is only one set so, if you are using them, you will need a lot of patients as the kids struggle to pick up acorns and place them before passing the squirrel to the next player.
Next, this is a competitive game. If you are playing with kids that are competitive by nature, you may find the game getting heated as acorns get blown away or stolen. In my opinion, this makes for a great teaching opportunity...
Finally, the acorns are small and rubber. This presents a choking hazard for smaller kids who tend to put things in their mouths. Our 2-year-old understands how to play and loves this game. At first, though, we really had to watch him to make sure he wasn't chewing on the acorns.
This is our 3.8-year-old's first board game, and it's perfect for his age. He's old enough to understand and follow the rules immediately upon explanation, and young enough to find the game very intriguing. The box is bigger than I imagined and of good quality, as is everything else. I especially appreciate that the acorns are made of grabby material which helps little hands to use the squirrel to pick them up. Some reviews said that their spinning wheel came folded/not working, and I imagine that would be a big problem. Fortunately ours came intact. Overly I'm very impressed by both the design and quality of this little game.
4 children and 20+ years of being a parent, cutest game I've ever seen. Not only high quality pieces, great for hand eye coordination, counting, colors, taking turns, sportsmanship. (Being happy for other players who win or have a great turn.) I honestly can not imagine why anyone would or even could give this game a bad review. Not to mention the price point it phenomenonal! $10- $15 !?! I've paid double that for a family game that consisted of just cards. FANTASTIC GAME!!! I'm headed over to buy all of the other games in the set!
Beautiful game and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the squirrel! It is thick plastic and looks like it wont crack or get broken easily by rough children. I am using this for ESL preschool and elementary school students. So far I have used this with five to seven-year old students. They all loved the design and got really excited to play. Immediately they started touching everything and made me nervous that they were going to peel off the sticker covering the tree stump. Some students also poked the tree stumps holes and tried to jam the acorns in deeper instead of just setting the acorns in place so I had to tell them to stop or they would've made giant holes or ripped them since they are just made out of card board. Kids are so curious, I guess! So I kind of wish the tree stumps were made of plastic as well, although they look nice made out of card board. I told my students they couldn't use their other hand to place the acorn in the hole and to only use the squirrel--it was actually quite challenging! I could see some children getting frustrated with the squirrel pincher. It is bulky and hard to pick up only the tip of the acorn with, but I like that it is challenging. Since it was hard for even first graders, I cannot imagine how three-year olds would play this and if they would be gently with it, but every child is different so this is just my experience so far! I guess you could allow younger children to use both hands, but then they wouldn't be developing their fine motor skills.
We love love love this game! It is one of our favorites for family game night and it is one of my top birthday presents we buy for our kids’ friends. I love the bottom of the box is part of the game so clean up is a breeze! The squirrel squeezer is so cute and I love how my kids (ages 2.5 and 4) are working on their fine motor skills. The game also teaches them how to match, their colors, and how to take turns. It is such a fun game and the game pieces itself are high quality and durable that I know this game will last for years to come. I think there are so many different ways to play this game even with older kids to keep them engaged. Highly recommend!
I bought this game for my almost 3 year old grandson for Christmas. It is the first board game he understands. He loves it! It teaches color matching, one-to-one correspondence, fine motor control using the "squirrel", taking turns, losing, winning, how to use a spinner, losing a turn, losing all the acorns, simple strategy (which person to take acorns from), and more. The best part is all the adults want to play it with him (only child) because they enjoy it, too. The game moves fast enough for their attention spans. I'm going to get another one for my relatives.
All three of my kids love this game. I bought it for my 4 year-old because the older two are always playing board games together and she can't always keep up with them. It definitely lives up to the hype! The game is not only completely adorable but it's actually fun and quick to play! I usually can't stand most board games and get very bored with toddler/Pre-K games, but this one is more enjoyable than any others I've tried. A must-have for any family with little ones who want to play board games!