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Ravensburger Snail's Pace Race - Children's Game

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  • 2-6 players
  • Playing time: 15 minutes
  • Parent's Choice Gold Award
  • Contents: 6 wooden snails, 2 colored dice, 1 playing board and instructions
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Snail's Pace Race is an early learning game for children ages 3 and up. It is part of Ravensburger's Imagine - Play - Discover collection of games designed to build basic learning skills in preschoolers. This no-reading, quick-play game features six brightly-colored wooden garden snails that players move across a colorful game board according to the roll of the dice.

Parent's Choice Gold Award and Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence.

Winner of Parent's Choice Gold Award and Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence 2011.
High-quality preschool game with real wooden pieces.

Beautifully illustrated game board and 6 wooden snails.
A Snail's Pace Wins the Race
Snail's Pace Race is a cooperative, non-competitive game that is part of Ravensburger's Imagine-Play-Discover line of early learning games for children ages 3 and up. Players move six colorful snail game pieces along the path of the game board, each starting from their matching colored leaf. All snails race even if there aren't an equal number of players. Players roll the dice to move the snails forward along their color path until they reach the last spot in their color.

Players Cooperate with One Another to Race the Snails
Ravensburger's Snail's Pace Race is an early learning game designed to introduce preschoolers to the basics of board game play without the pressure of direct competition. In this game, the snails race each other, faciliated by the roll of the dice thrown by the children. The game encourages cooperative play as participants work together to race the snails. Snail's Pace Race introduces children to basic board game rules such as turn-taking, patience, dice-rolling and piece movement. Players also get to practice their counting, color-matching, memory, and social skills.

Bright Artwork and Bold Designs Engage Children
Like the other games in Ravensburger's Imagine - Play - Discover collection, Snail's Pace Race features bright artwork and bold callouts to engage young players and hold their attention. The carved wooden snail-shaped playing pieces provide a tactile appeal and help deepen players' connection to the game.

What's In The Box?
6 wooden snails, 2 colored wooden dice, 1 playing board, 1 set of instructions

A snail's pace will win the race.

Players race six brightly-colored wooden snails to see which one comes in first.

From the Manufacturer

A snail's pace will win the race. Six colorful garden snails are ready to race. Which snail will come in first and which will finish last? Who can guess the outcome? To find out, roll the two colored dice and start the race. A cooperative game with real wooden playing pieces.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.2 x 13.2 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B004KZ8P2Q
  • Item model number: 22052
  • Our recommended age: 36 months - 5 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,432 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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This game indicates that it is for ages 3+. I'm not so sure about that "+" part. My younger daughter, who is three (and, to be honest, a rather odd bird), loves the game. Her older sister, who is a very typical worldly-wise five-year-old, didn't see the point.

The game is very simple. There are six wooden snails in six different bright colors, a game board with six different color-coded tracks for the snails to "race" on and two "dice" with six different colored dots rather than numbers or pips. The snails line up at the starting line (the instructions indicate that the leaves are the starting point, but my daughter insisted that the leaves should be the finish line - the reward that the snails are racing for, so we started at the snail end). All six snails line up regardless of how many people are playing. Players take turns rolling the dice and moving the appropriate snail forward each time its color comes up (a snail gets to move ahead two spaces if both dice come up with its color). The players make predictions about which snail will win and which will come in last. The winning player is the one who correctly guesses the winning and losing snail.

There are some pluses and minuses to this game, which is why I say it's a good game for the right child at the right age. It's perfect for my younger daughter because she's not very competitive and she's never been into traditional board games. This game allows her to play not to win or lose, but just to see what happens. If anything, she feels sorry for the "slow" snails and she will "cheat" to help them win. She really doesn't use it as a game, but more of an interactive toy to play with Mommy or perhaps a bridge to board games.
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There isn't much to this game. For an adult or child much older than 3 or 4 it gets boring very, very fast. That being said, I still highly recommend this game for very young children. My daughter knew her colors at around 15 months old. I pulled this game out when she was around 18 months thinking it would be easy for her to pick up because she knew her colors and because she was a Go Away Monster pro. WRONG. There are so many basic game skills to pick up here:

How to roll a die.
Understanding that what you roll on the die dictates how you move a piece.
How to move pieces one (or two) space(s) at a time (one-to-one correspondence).
How to keep the right snail on the right path.
The game asks you to guess which snail will win after all snails are underway - doing this gets the child to understand about a bit about randomness. Just because the pink snail is ahead now or just because the blue snail is your favorite doesn't mean those snails will win when it is left up to a dice throw.

My daughter learned so much about roll-and-move mechanics from this game between 18-24 months. Then she thoroughly enjoyed just playing the game from 2-3 years. She's 3.5 years old now and this doesn't get played much anymore; we have lots of games that are more fun and challenging for a child that has mastered the above basics (try 'Max' for starters). She did bring it out last night and we played. Afterward she commented that there wasn't much to do in the snail game, so I think she's outgrown it. She does still enjoy using the nice wooden snails in her pretend play - they all have names and talk to each other.
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This is a solid choice if you are looking for an activity that will teach turn taking, colors and basic counting. The only game is in guessing which snails will be first and last, something the players have no control over. It's an enjoyable activity mostly for kids between 2 and 4. The snails are a nice fit for toddler/pre-schooler hands. The box mentions "cooperative play", which is not true at all. While the rules suggest that it's the snails that either "win" or "lose" rather than the players, there is no cooperative element to the game. In fact, a winner is declared if someone guesses the winner and loser correctly.

Once your kids are ready, here is a suggestion for how to make it more of a game and allow them to build further skills: At the beginning of the race, have each player choose one snail they hope will win and one they hope will be in last place. On their turn, they roll both dice, but must choose only one of the snails to move. In this way, they can try to advance the snail they want to win and try to not move the one they want in last place. As snails finish, if they roll two colors that have already crossed the finish line, they can choose which snail to move. You can also play that if you roll doubles you can choose which snail to move.

If you prefer to not add that level of competition, you can actually turn it into a cooperative game. Play as I indicated, but have everyone playing agree on the first and last snail (or even the order for all of them). They can then work together in deciding which snail to move when they roll in order to accomplish their objective.
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I bought this game for my children and now I'm buying it for my grandchildren. Love it! They learn to take turns. They learn colors. They learn to count spaces as they move the snails. AND it's not a child that wins or loses, it's the snails. Like every Ravensburger game the box is extra sturdy.
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