Alleigh and Kaelyn have both reached ages where they love to play board games. Well, I guess I should say they like to win board games because if they lose… let’s just say you don’t want them to lose. And so I tend to avoid playing board games with them and opt for other activities instead. But thanks to Peaceable Kingdom we can enjoy playing games again!
And that’s because these aren’t your traditional games. Instead they are cooperative games – never heard of a cooperative game? No worries – I hadn’t either until I discovered Peaceable Kingdom.
What is a Cooperative Game? It’s a game where everyone plays together, no one is left out, and everyone has fun! Unlike a traditional game where there is one winner and one (or many) losers, in a cooperative game the players work as a team against a common obstacle, not against each other. Cooperative games emphasize play, not competition. Kids learn to work and play together in respectful and compassionate ways. They learn to share, make decisions together, and trust one another. Cooperative games encourage inclusion and build confidence. The kids play because it’s fun!
At Peaceable Kingdom they have an awesome selection of Cooperative Games of which my girls received Willy’s Wiggly Web to try out.
When I met with Alleigh’s pre-kindergarten teacher for her first parent-teacher conference I was thrilled to find out how well she was doing. The only area that her teacher was concerned with was using scissors and I admit that is one thing we hadn’t worked on at home because after Miss Alleigh decided to play hair stylist with her own hair I hid all the scissors. That is why I was so excited to try out Willy’s Wiggly Web – because cutting with scissors is one of the skills this game teaches!
Willy’s Wiggly Web is recommended for ages three to six years old – though my mom and I had a blast playing with the girls too. Each game includes 1 pair of child-safe scissors, 6 web posts and platform, 1 Willy spider, 10 bugs, 30 cards, Instructions for 3 game levels, and 50 paper webs. Something I really loved is that there is no need to worry about running out of paper webs because you can simply contact Peaceable Kingdom for more FREE webs!
The game is easy to set up – simply insert the web posts in the platform, stretch one spider web over the posts, once you place Willy and the bugs on top of the web you’re ready to play. There are three different ways to play, but the goal is the same – cut all the bugs free except Willy the spider.
1.) Each player takes turns cutting the web three times and then passing the scissors clock wise.
2.) Using the level 2 playing cards one person starts by choosing a card then following the directions which include how many cuts to make and which direction to pass the scissors.
3.) Add in the level 3 playing cards. Play is exactly as described in #2, but with the addition of cards that read everyone should move one chair to the left or one chair to the right to spice things up a bit.
While the kiddos are having fun setting the bugs free they are also building skills without even realizing it! Willy’s Wiggly Web teaches cutting with scissors, recognizing left & right, hand-eye coordination, counting, taking turns, and working cooperatively. You can just see the concentration in Kaelyn – the tongue sticking out is definitely her sign of concentrating as hard as possible, hehe. Both of my girls loved playing this game and I loved that there was no fighting or nastiness over winners and losers.
So if you are looking for a Christmas gift under $20 for a little one in your life then I definitely suggest checking out Peaceable Kingdom’s great selection of Cooperative Games. In fact I think there will be a few under the tree for Alleigh and Kaelyn this year!