Around here, we take our board games seriously. There’s a pile of them in the pantry. There’s a stack from Santa, and there’s hours of family fun time ready to be had as the kids learn to wait their turn, and the art of strategizing against their parents. It was the stack of board games that made me want to share with you some of my favorites, and so #FamGame was created, sharing one of our favorites, every week.
No. 1: The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
As soon as the kiddos are able to identify matching colors, they can start to play this game. In fact, the sooner the better because that all-important hand-eye coordination is developed with movements made using the giant squirrel tweezers to pick up acorns and place them on your log game board.
Ages: 2.5+, Violet was able to play along with us, easily.
How to Play: Every player gets a board, and takes their turn to spin. The object of the game is to fill the entire board with the colored acorns, and the first player to succeed is the winner. It’s fun, and the kids loved the twists in the game like the ‘sad squirrel’ who misses a turn, the ‘sneaky squirrel’ who can steal an acorn, and the gust of wind that causes you to lose all of your acorns. One round of this game went on for ages, because everyone kept getting the gust of wind – but after twenty minutes Olivia finally won.
Favorite parts: The game is easy to play for little kids, and once they learn the rules (which they will quickly) they can even play it themselves. The game box is durable, that the giant squirrel tweezers are fun, and that it’s an easy way to teach and reinforce those colors and the numbers 1 and 2, without using flash cards. Inadvertent learning disguised through play? That’s a successful preschool game if ever there were one.
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game is meant for 2-4 players, but young toddlers can always team up with a parent, increasing the number of players that can take part in the game. The game is available through Chapters Indigo (under $20) or through local toy stores.