Ella is absolutely obsessed with squirrels. And when I say obsessed, I mean like in the fall she walks around the neighborhood with her little push cart from IKEA and collects acorns to leave out on the front lawn.
Truly obsessed. She thinks they’re cute and funny and furry and all sorts of sweet.
So when I saw the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game, I knew I had to buy it for her. Dan thought she might be a little young for a board game, but it turns out that it’s one of her favorite things to do.
And (shockinglyÃ¢â‚¬â€not!) she’s already trying to pull a fast one on her momma when we play.
Here’s how it works: there’s a spinner with five colors and five different icons, four “nests”, a squirrel, and a bunch of acorns with colored tops. You spin, you use the squirrel to pick up the right colored acorn, you fill your nest first, you win.
Now, that isn’t to say there aren’t hurdles along the way. The sad squirrel who loses a turn, the windstorm that blows all the acorns out of your nest, and the sneaky squirrel who might just swipe one of your precious acorns are all little challenges in the game. But even at three, Ella takes them all in stride.
Overall, I’d rate this as a fantastic game for preschoolers and toddlers. It helps with matching, color recognition, sharing, turn taking, and most importantly it gives you the opportunity to sit down and play a board game with your kiddo!
It’s now widely available from mass retailers such as Amazon and Target; regardless of where you score it, you’ll pay about the same price: $16, give or take some change.
Photo credit: Amazon