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Dinosaur Escape

Dinosaur Escape

Spring 2015 Games
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: Peaceable Kingdom
Price: $17.99

In this cooperative board game, players must work together to ensure that all three dinosaurs are safely on the island before the volcano erupts.

No reading is required to play, so those as young as four can collaborate and cooperate to help each other remember which fern tokens hide which images. The team must observe and think carefully; if the volcano picture on the die is rolled by any player a total of 6 times and the volcano puzzle is completed before the dinosaurs are saved - the mission will be unsuccessful.

Yes, there is an element of luck. During gameplay our family had many opportunities to discuss what luck really means and talk about how playing as a team makes it easier to "beat" the volcano. When we work together, we are able to accomplish the goal more easily. A bonus lesson for all.

Maria Clinger   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Maria, a mother of three, has a BS in Biology and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Virginia. After teaching Biology for 10 years, one of those years in Quito, Ecuador, Maria is now a part-time Spanish teacher to sixth and seventh graders. The other half of her time is spent with her bilingual family, reading, cooking and enjoying sports.

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