17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Very cute and fun!,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Peaceable Kingdom / Hoot Owl Hoot! Cooperative Board Game (Toy)I really like the idea of a "Cooperative Game," especially at young ages. I am not big into competition and while some is healthy, it is also healthy to learn to work together. A Cooperative Game allows families (and kids) to share in decision-making, learn to share, build confidence and work as a team. It is also nice if you have a sensitive child who doesn't cope well with loosing.
In "Hoot Owl Hoot!" I could help notice how bright and colorful the game is. The board game is also smaller (think half a Monopoly board size) so it is not too overwhelming for kids. The game can also be played in less than 20 minutes, which is a great for young kids who have short attention spans!
I tried to play this game with my 2 and 4 year old and they are just good at board games. While this game is for ages 4 and up, I think a 5 year old would be better at it and understand it more, and I think it would be fun for kids up to 12! The game does have a few things you need to watch and pieces to use, which is why I felt it was a little hard to play with my 4 year old, not to mention my 2 year old kept jumping in.
Hoot Owl Hoot! reminds me of Candyland as you have cards with colors on them and that's how you know where to move, but there are also owl tokens and a sun token to use in gameplay. We played this basically by drawing cards and moving together to the right colored spot to start off and will slowly work our way up to playing with the extra cards and sun token. It is great though because once you start playing and get the hang of it you can make it more challenging by using the extra owl tokens and spaces. There is also a time in the game where it encourages everyone to hoot like an owl, which is fun and cute! There is no reading required, no spinner or money, just some cards and a board game. Oh and there is a nice paper envelope included to store all the gameplay pieces in so they are not just thrown in to the box. Can't find the instructions? That's because they are actually printed on the inside of the box so you can't loose them and can easily reference them!
Overall, I think Hoot Owl Hoot! is a great game for younger kids to work on their colors and playing together, it is a nice change of pace from trying to beat one another!