We’ve been working lately with our boys about being kind to others at all times, even in those times when you don’t feel like it. We’ve also been looking for activities to help us teach these concepts at an age appropriate level. So we were really excited when we were introduced to a company called Peaceable Kingdom and their line of cooperative games.
My husband and I have always been competitive (we STILL have issues from when we were on opposing teams at church camp 10 years ago… he may have won, but he was a cheater!), but we are really trying to show our boys that while competition may be exciting, so is working together. Peaceable Kingdom makes this concept fun with their cooperative games, geared toward toddlers through elementary ages. The cooperative game that we chose for our boys was Feed the Woozle.
Feed the Woozle was very different from any other games that we have played with the boys before. First, the game could be played three different ways, depending on the age and maturity level of the players. Each cooperative game comes this way- with everything included to make the game fun for each level. By age, Aiden (age 3) fit the Level 1 category. However, we quickly realized he had more fun trying Level 2. Instead of just rolling a die and attempting to feed the Woozle with a spoon, Level 2 had him spin the additional spinner and do some fun activities while walking to the Woozle. It made it a bit more challenging and fun for him. At the same time, Reese (age 2) was able to play at Level 1 and still participate.
The second way that our cooperative game was different was that no one person was the winner or the loser of the game- everyone worked together to accomplish a common goal. This was a really neat way to play together as a family while encouraging our boys to use kindness, take turns, and cheer someone else on. The goal of Feed the Woozle was to literally feed him, one player at a time. If the entire family was able to get the correct amount of food in the Woozle’s mouth, we won. If not, we lost, and we tried again. So instead of competing with each other, our boys had fun encouraging each other. We found that kindness came easier when it was coupled with encouragement. We also found that no one got their feelings hurt when they weren’t singled out as a loser of the game.
Peaceable Kingdom is full of games like this that encourage the values we really want our boys to have. They have card games, board games, books, and even some fun smaller items that we are going to use for some great stocking stuffers for Christmas. For Reese, I chose some super shiny robot stickers, since he loves stickering his clothes right now. He also likes robots so these should be perfect. For Aiden, we chose a glow-in-the-dark Light Switch Covers Kit. Each cover adheres to a light switch and then you can arrange silly monster faces on them. Once the lights go out, you can see your glowing light switch creation. I’ll admit that I’m excited to get to play with these too! Come on Christmas!!!
So this Christmas, encourage your kiddos to look at competition from a different light, and try out some of Peaceable Kingdom’s cooperative games and super fun stocking stuffers. Lucky for us, Peaceable Kingdom is also going to be giving away a Feed the Woozle cooperative game to one of our readers. Fill out the form below to enter and Feed the Woozle with your family too!