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Farm Alarm

Farm Alarm

Fall 2017 Games
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Fat Brain Toys
Price: $12.95

Old MacDonald's farm was never this fun. Here, players ages five and up are challenged to repeat the animal sounds in the order the cards are drawn: a cat, donkey, cow, sheep, dog and chicken. And that's hard enough! When a player turns over a seal wild card, that player must clap her hands three times before reciting the sounds. If the wild card is a puffer fish, the payer must puff out his cheeks before sounding out the sequence, and if the parrot wild card is drawn, the player must repeat the previous sound before calling up the chorus. Uh oh. Someone brayed instead of barked. Quick, squeeze the pig and squeal. A "correct" answer wins a card. The first player to earn five cards wins the game.

We found that more than two players doubled the fun. This seemingly simple game called upon and sharpened memory and recall, sequencing, turn taking, and language skills. Well packaged, well priced, and very well played.

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