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Tales to Play

Tales to Play

Fall 2011 Games
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: PlayMonster
Price: $24.00

The boys opened this game and started playing before I had a chance to sit down with them, and I must say it was the sweetest, most entertaining game I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. I couldn't help but giggle when I heard my kids say things like "You watch too much TV (or were not nice to the new bear in school, brag about how fast you can jump rope, won't eat your vegetables/share your toys, etc), go back to Purpleā€¦ Hey, you DO watch too much TV, Jake!" To balance out the "Get in Trouble Cards", there are the "Do Something Nice Cards," which are equally giggle-worthy and full of life lessons. Each one prompted its own conversation. "You donate toys to the Young Cubs Hospital" really had my little five to eight year olds in a deep discussion about kids who are sick, and how their favorite toys would probably make those kids so happy (okay, so that one was more of a tear-jerker than it was giggle-worthy.) We have a few Berenstain Bears books out from the library, and I clearly remember reading them when I was younger. This game does not stray from the wholesome message of the books one bit. The cards are clear-cut, straight-forward messages, and I can tell this simple, fun game really impacted my children and got them to think about things they do and choices they make. This is not just a brainless board game where the players roll the dice and move a few squares forward or backward. This is a game that brings the family together and actually teaches everyone in the process!

Not only is this game wholesome, but it is very well made and cute. The game pieces are actual figurines that could be mistaken for collectibles, and there are no arguments about cheating while rolling the dice, because you drop it through Brother and Sister Bear's treehouse. To top it off, all of the game pieces fit nicely in a plastic insert for the box, so clean-up and storage is a breeze. The thought that went into the design of this game is refreshing. The quote on the box says "Love the book, now live the game!", and I certainly hope all of us will learn to live the simple life lessons portrayed in this excellently designed game.

Melissa Strunc   ©2011 Parents' Choice

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