Encourage Cooperation Instead of Competition on Family Game Night with Peaceable Kingdom {Review & Giveaway}

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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!

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22 Responses to Encourage Cooperation Instead of Competition on Family Game Night with Peaceable Kingdom {Review & Giveaway}

  1. Tiffany S. says:

    I’d love it for my munchkins… they look like fun and teach positive social skills.

  2. Rachel says:

    This looks great! I bet the kids I work with would love it because of the movement involved! Seems like a great company!

  3. Jennifer A. says:

    I want to win “Feed the Woozie”, because I think it is more important to foster cooperation, than competition. I love the idea of doing that on game nights with the family! 😀

  4. Trisha W. says:

    I have kids at different age levels. It would be good to see them working together as a team instead of trying to have everything be a competition for one winner.

  5. Christy Howell says:

    Everything is a competition in the eyes of my 4 year old. Unfortunately my 3 year old gets the brunt of this competition. Peaceable Kingdom is a genius for coming up with a game that requires cooperation to play. My boys love games and I would love one that doesn’t cause more arguments than needed!

  6. Jennifer says:

    My kids need all the help they can get working together!

  7. ken ohl says:

    feed the woozie sounds amazing hope I’m lucky

  8. Tamara Szogedi says:

    We have a cooperative game from Haba and my kids love it! I think it is a great idea and this game is so cute, too!

  9. Anne Perry says:

    I think this would be a great game for my boys to play together.

  10. Joy N says:

    Our family loves to play games together! Would love to add another to our collection for christmas

  11. joanne major says:

    I want to win and give to the grandkids it looks like a great game for them to do together. they hate to share with each other right now

  12. Mayla M says:

    This would be a great frame for my three boys. I think it would help the communicate and work together.

  13. JLin says:

    my daughter would love it

  14. Paula Lee says:

    They look like they have some great family games! My grandson would love this one 🙂

  15. Amy T says:

    I have played games like this as an adult and love them. This would be great for my daughter and fun for the whole family, as well as a good game to have when friends come over.

  16. Kristen says:

    They look like fun! We collect toys and games for the kids at our local Ronald McDonald House.

  17. stephanie mcfarland says:

    i love fun games! we play with the kids in our pta group

  18. Leann L says:

    I want to win it because my son would love it. We have a few of their games & love them. I like that they teach co-operation.

  19. KT says:

    Why do you want to win Feed the Woozle? for my daughter
    What are your thoughts on the cooperative games from Peaceable Kingdom? they are great learning tools

  20. Beth R says:

    I want to win because it is a great excuse to spend more time together as a family. I think these are great games to foster cooperation and working as a team

  21. Jen H says:

    I really like that there is no winner. working together is a skill that most kids dont have anymore. i’d love this for my son!

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