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Feed the Woozle

Feed the Woozle

Spring 2012 Games
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Manufacturer: Peaceable Kingdom
Price: $19.99

Fried socks and booger chili-what's not to love? The silliness of this game is perfect for its target age group.

The directions of Feed the Woozle are easy to follow, and the object of the game is really cute. The game's box and its pieces (food cards, spoons, a die, a spinner, and a Woozle) are well-constructed, high quality, and sturdy. It will hold up for years. Children as young as 3 can play on 'Level 1' and older, more coordinated children can play on levels 2 or 3. This game not only helps children with counting, it also exercises and builds gross and fine motor skills as well as dexterity.

The gist of the challenge is that kids must carry one to three food cards on a big blue spoon to the Woozle, a hungry cardboard critter placed at least five feet away from players. As players grow older, they can add the additional challenge of hopping, marching, or walking backward as they deliver the Woozle's meal of sand pizza or bathwater chili. At its most difficult level, the food deliverer is blindfolded. The rest of the players pipe up to guide him or her toward the Woozle.

It's harder than it sounds, and little ones may drop the snacks quite often on their way to the Woozle. They'll be having so much fun, though, that they won't get frustrated about it. Anyone who has ever watched a four-year-old quit a game in frustration will appreciate the balance between challenge and fun.

Parents loved that this is a cooperative game as well. Everyone wins together when the Woozle eats his twelfth snack. At this young age, it's hard to teach sportsmanship sometimes. This game helps. We have played this game multiple times as a family and it keeps us giggling and engaged. It will definitely bring us years of fun, and it would make a great gift.

Cassandra Bishop   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Cassandra Bishop holds a BA in Psychology and has her Master's degree in Social Work well within her grasp. The mother of two young and very energetic boys is passionate about the environment, healthy living, and education.

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