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Diggity Dog
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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2008
As a speech pathologist at Play on Words, I am always looking for good games to encourage language. Kids three years and up want a little challenge in their games--not everything left to chance! Diggity Dog is their first pick for fun. Choose your puppy and press the doghouse to listen for the number of barks. Count them out as you land on a space, dig a hole and the little bone sticks to your dog's magnetic nose. See if the color on the underside of the bone matches your dog and collect all three before heading home to win. There's just enough action to keep little hands busy and skill required to keep minds churning. Playing Diggity Dog involves auditory memory (remembering the number of barks), visual memory (remembering where your colored bones are), counting, and conversation negotiating turn-taking and discussing strategy. These are all skills that contribute to language development.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2008
My youngest kids (age 3 & 5) really enjoy this game. The barking dog instead of dice is a fun gimmic (along the lines of the popping dice from the old Trouble game.) One thing to note, though, is that the dog takes three watch batteries. After having the game 4-5 months, we had to pay more than $[...] to replace the three batteries to keep the dog going. If he runs out again, we will just use dice.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2008
My 3 year old daughter loves this game. It does have small pieces that would be a choking hazard for smaller children, so we play when her younger brother is napping. Just for BIG kids, she loves it. She can set up the game by herself, which means opening up the board and placing one magnetic bone on each little dirt pile. You push the dog house in the middle of the board and listen for 1, 2, or 3 barks, and then move your dog the right number of spaces. Then you use your dog's nose to pick up the magnetic bone on that spot (if there is one) and put in a dog's house according to the color on the underside of the bone. It helps with counting some, but mostly with taking turns and learning how to win and lose. I think kids get a big kick out of how the dogs can pick up the bones (thanks to magnets)! Enjoy!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2007
Diggity Dog was a hit with our three children 5, 4 and 2. All three were able to play as there wasn't any reading involved. The baby didn't last as long as the older two but everyone enjoyed the game. The only drawback is that the little bones are small and can be lost. Regardless I would buy this toy again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2010
My 3 and 5 year old LOVE this game. They especially love the barking feature for how many moves they get. I like that feature as well because it really teaches them to listen in order to know what they do next. They enjoy the different color dogs and the magnetic noses to find the correct color bone. The only piece they are still trying to figure out is choosing which direction to move around the board. Most games have one direction, but this game allows you to move in either direction. Another fun twist! They have been playing this every day since they got it, so I'm sure they will have it down in no time. Lots of fun and I highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2011
This game is really cute and my 3 & 5 year old love it but the batteries that operate the barking dog die very quickly and I haven't easily found replacements.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2010
This is a wonderful game, that can be used in so many ways. I am a Speech Therapist and work with preschoolers. This game can be used to work on colors, counting, yes/no questions, taking turns, or paired with all kinds of educational language activities. Or, it can simply be a fun game to play! My kids love this game. I highly recommend this game!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2010
All of my early childhood students are in love with Diggity Dog! Great for learning skills such as: social skills, matching, memory, listening, counting, and colors. The kids love the magnet action with the bones sticking on the noses. Easy to expand the activity and play any way you like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 10, 2009
My daughter picked this game in a specialty toy store and when we brought it home, we weren't disappointed. It's great fun and it's one that my pre-schooler can play properly as well. My daughter loves it so much, she gifted one to her kindergarten classroom last year for Christmas. Apparently it was quite popular.

We have played this game dozens of times (no exaggeration) and we're still on the battery that came with the game. The kids love pushing the doghouse (my daughter calls that dog "the teacher") to know if they're moving one, two or three barks. If you don't want to replace the battery, you could always play with a die or spinner from another game.

There is a slight amount of set-up required, which may frustrate younger children. What helped us was getting the kids involved in setting up. Even if they peek to see what color bone is where, they can't cheat, since the doghouse instructs them where to go.

There's no strategy, just chance, and so this is an excellent beginners game for learning how to lose and how to win.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My 3 year old daughter simply loves this game and play it as a family. Even my older child loves to play this game. They love the dog barking sounds when they pick up the hones. My daughter can set up the game by herself, which is an important independent tool. All she needs to do it to open up the board and placing one magnetic bone on each little dirt pile and that's it. Each player pushes the dog house in the middle of the board and listen for 1, 2, or 3 barks, and then move your dog the right number of spaces. The dog's nose is magnetic and it pick's up the magnetic bone on that spot and then you put in a dog's house according to the color on the underside of the bone. The game helps with counting some, but mostly with taking turns and learning winning and losing.
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