Each Christmas when I was young, my Mom always gave a new board game to me & each of my sisters. On Christmas Eve, we opened up our new pajamas & our board game. I’ve been loved buying, giving & playing board games and have passed that love onto my kids. My youngest son is 5 and absolutely loves board and card games. Most of his favorite games come from Peaceable Kingdom. Peaceable Kingdom has books, stickers, games and more with their cooperative games being our favorite (Learn more about what a cooperative game is here).
We’ve been told that our son isn’t on the Autism Spectrum but there is definitely enough signs that still have me questioning that diagnosis. For right now, he is in a classroom at school that helps him with the extra social stuff he needs and one thing he has a VERY hard time with is waiting his turn with games and losing games. This is definitely something we are working on but in the meantime, we really like playing board games & want to continue to show him how important it is to work together. For this very reason, Peaceable Kingdom cooperative games has been great!
In the past, I have shared reviews for The Great Cheese Race, Snug as a Big in a Rug & Race to the Treasure. I’ve also bought him Count Your Chickens, which we really love as well. This time, Peaceable Kingdom sent us Feed the Woozle & Lost Puppies.
Feed the Woozle (retail value $19.99) is meant for 2-5 players, ages 3-6. Playing together, you roll the dice to see how many snacks you will have to place on your spoon. Then you head on over & feed it to the Woozle. In Level 1 (ages 3-4), walk over and feed the Woozle his snacks! In Level 2 (ages 4-5), spin the spinner and then move toward the Woozle doing the movement the spinner directs. In Level 3 (ages 5-6), do the directed move blindfolded and listen carefully to where your team tells you to go. If everyone feeds the Woozle 12 snacks before the snacks are all gone, you ALL win! If you don’t get the Woozle all 12 snacks? No worries, just start all over again!
Lost Puppies (retail value $15.99) is meant for 2-6 players, ages 5+. The object is to bring all the puppies home (again, as a team) before it becomes nighttime. This game does have more rules then the other games we have played by Peaceable Kingdom but it’s also meant for kids 5+. Kids (and adults) will need to work together and use strategy to find the puppy cards on the board, keep them heading home without running into road blocks & using the help cards together to get that puppy home. Players must decide together when to use the help cards, too! There are instructions for 3 different levels of play, depending on the age of kids that are playing
We have loved playing both games as a family and my son even likes playing them by himself. When we played Lost Puppies and didn’t get all the puppies home, he simply said “Oh well! Let’s try again”. Usually, when he “loses”, there is a major meltdown and the fun is over. Cooperative games are great for all kids but I especially love how it teaches him to work together with other people.
With the games priced so well, Peaceable Kingdom games will make a great gift this Holiday season. You can find out more about their games & other fun items on their website, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.
What cooperative game would you most like to try with your family?