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 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.
Most importantly, the kids play because it's fun!
Peaceable Kingdom has produced just such a game called Hoot Owl
Hoot! which our kids love! It's designed for ages 4 and up, but
even our 2-year-old enjoyed it with a little help from Mama. The
object of this clever game is to get up to six baby owls back to
their nest before daybreak. Players may move any of the owl game
pieces on the board when it's their turn. If they select a card
with the sun on it, they must move the sun token across the night
sky. When the sun has made its way across the board and day breaks,
all the baby owls need to be back in their nest or all the players
lose the game. If, on the other hand, the players are successful
at getting those baby owls back to the nest before the sun rises,
then all the players win!
The game only takes about 15 minutes to play, and it is so simple
that a beginning reader can understand the rules and read most
of them to siblings. However, playing the game does not require
any reading skills after the rules have been explained. The game
uses color matching to move these cute baby owls homeward. Our
kids enjoyed playing several rounds of the game at one sitting!
The box, game pieces, and even the game board are all made of thick
durable recycled cardboard! The artwork on the game board and playing
pieces is rich and enchanting, and it's printed with soy-based
Peaceable Kingdom sells a variety of equally wonderful cooperative
games, cards, stickers, and colorful wipe-off books that are great
for traveling! Go to www.peaceablekingdom.com to
request a catalog or to search for products online.
If you have competitive preschoolers and early elementary aged
kids like I do, I highly recommend Peaceable Kingdom's cooperative