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  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is a fun preschool game that helps teach social skills
  • The pigeon wants to drive your bus and it's up to you to stop him, as you move around the game board
  • If the pigeon lands on the same space as your bus, you must go back to ''Start'' and try again
  • For 2 - 4 players ages 3 and up
  • University Games offers you and your family creative games that are easy to learn and fun to play
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Game is based on the best-selling seires of Pigeon books by Mo Willems. Uh-oh! The Pigeon wants to drive YOUR bus and it's up to you to stop him. Use simple strategy to keep the Pigeon from driving your bus, but drive carefully. If the Pigeon lands on the same space as your bus, you have to go back to the beginning and try again. The game helps children develop concentration, fine motor and strategy skills. And there's plenty of action to keep preschoolers engaged. For 2 - 4 players age 3 and up. University Games offers you and your family original ways to have fun. Creative gameplay and quality components are our standard. We know that people want to play right away, so our games are easy to learn. Our games keep all players involved, even when it’s not their turn. The games combine luck and skill and present a new challenge each time you play. And all University Games products make learning fun. Spend time with us and you can have a great time with your family, get to know the neighbors, entertain your friends, and even learn to read.

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Uh-oh! The Pigeon wants to drive YOUR bus and it's up to you to stop him. The first game out of the depot from the New York Times bestselling series of Pigeon books by Mo Willems. Players use simple strategy to keep the Pigeon from driving their bus but drive carefully. If the Pigeon lands on the same space as your bus, you have to go back to start and try again. Develops concentration, fine motor and strategy skills. Lots of action to keep preschoolers engaged.

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Product Dimensions 10.5 x 10.5 x 2.5 inches
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B003G9QEGG
Item model number 1342
Manufacturer recommended age 3 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #26,300 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#1,023 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
#12,220 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys
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Well after reading the kindergarten review, you may not think this game is fun or age appropriate but the teacher did not read the directions fully so she was frustrated.

In the directions you do not have to land directly on the store to retrieve the item, you just have to pass by to get the token. Nowhere in the directions does it say you lose your tokens when you go back to start.

I agree though, for a three year old the bus ticket concept is too much so I am saving that aspect of the game until she is more game savvy. But a well-versed 5-7 year old could understand that part of the game.

Anyway the first time my daughter wanted the pigeon to drive her bus so she ended up losing. Thereafter, she understood to stay away from the pigeon. We usually send the pigeon away from everyone, but she also gets the concept of sending him to the other players.

In conclusion, the game is fun, much more fun than chutes and ladders and candyland and she loves to play it. We play almost everyday.
I also HIGHLY recommend the richard scarry busy town game, which we play almost everyday as well.
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Based on some reviews, we almost did not buy this game, but my 4-year-old really likes it. He loves driving the bus around and trying to stay ahead of the pigeon. He laughs whenever the pigeon catches someone, including himself. But, we did make a new spinner. I found an online timeplate with 12 sections, and gave the pigeon 4 sections so the player (with 8 sections) has more of a chance of going. It works great and shortens the playing time. It's a fun game, but I highly recommend revising the spinner.
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It says 3+ on the game, but I don't know anyone under 10 that could possibly play this without adapted rules.
When I attempted to play the game with my kindergarten class. The game went on for an hour without a winner!!!!
The kids all got upset throughout the game, some walked away and traded players.
All in all, it was a kindergarten catastrophe!!

The object of the game:
Move your bus around the board collecting all the game pieces (4 tokens- a hot dog, bunny, drivers license, and key) and then get back to start.

Spin the spinner, if it lands on the bus half of the spinner, the bus gets to move
If the spinner lands on the pigeon side, the pigeon gets to go.

So half the time you spin the pigeon is chasing you around the board trying to "drive the bus" back to its start.

I don't know about you, but going back to start again and again and again is not the best way to finish a game before the kids get bored or begin hating the game, eachother, and the pigeon.
If you are between the ages of 3 and 10 the game requires constant adult supervision to mediate this never ending pitfall.

In addition to this, there are places on the board with bus tickets, if you land on a bus ticket you have the option to change your spot to any other place where that same colored bus ticket is pictured- confusing!

But the fun doesnt stop there!

There are other places on the board where you can change places with any other bus on the board- to avoid the pigeon of course.
Pitting children against one another is not age appropriate for 3+!!!!

Since then I have re-written the rules.

Play the spinner like a regular spinner, don't play the half pigeon half bus option.
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This is a good game for the younger children and can be played with their older brothers and sisters or family. It is a fun way to begin instilling social skills they will need in their lives and does it in a fun way. The best part is that the 6 yr old in my life listed the game as one she wanted. How perfect was that!
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It's a really fun game that captures AND HOLDS everyone's attention! It's a fairly easy concept to follow as well. My 4 year old loves to play this with her 9 year old brother. Dad and I get right in on it too! It's a really cute game!
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My kids and I are big fans of the pigeon books, we had to have this game when we saw it. It was purchased for the cute factor and we didn't even bother reading reviews first. We LOVE this game! My 6 year old and 8 year old have a lot of fun with this. I'm surprised that I do too! I love that when the pigeon catches you and you go home it's not necessarily a bad thing from a strategic point of view. You can still win because it doesn't slow you down. My kids play with me or with each other nicely. Great addition to the game collection. We play a lot of games. This one won't be collecting dust. On a side note, my son enjoys playing with the buses on the game board , good for imaginative play after the game is over. I don't see a need to switch out the spinner and if you follow the directions and play it the way it instructs ,you should have good results with a game that lasts a decent amount of time. Not too long, not too short. A Good buy!
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I really wanted to like this game. Mo Willems is my favorite children's author, and I even bought all of the books in his Pigeon series so far. When I heard that there was a board game based on said books, I exploded with glee, as I too, was an avid board gamer. So I bought this, and took it for a spin with the children at my library.

How does it fare?

Well, in the box, you receive a nicely illustrated board, drawn in the style of the books themselves, with a spinner and some adorable bus tokens. Each player takes a colour, and they spin the spinner to move their bus, OR move the pigeon, who will take a player's bus and send it back to start if he catches it. Your objective is to grab a hot dog, a key, a stuffed rabbit and a driver's license (with the pigeon's face on it, oddly enough) and go back to the Bus Depot to win the game.

Unfortunately, this game, while it has an interesting premise, is flawed. Because of the precise placements of each of the corner stores, it will take you FOREVER to get the piece you need. If you are right next to the store that has, say, a hot dog, you have a 1 in 8 chance each turn to actually get it. More often than not, you will wind up overshooting where you need to be, putting you further away from your goal. Worse yet, if the Pigeon gets you, it will send you right back at the start, which can be a lot more aggravating than fun.

I'm sorry, I cannot recommend this game. The artwork and components are charming, I will give it that, but this is a bad game. This is probably the only instance where I'd recommend something like Candyland or Sorry over this, because in the case of the former, it's friendly and does not have a snag in the gameplay, and the latter, dare I say, actually has progressive movement, despite having its own moments of gameplay screeching to a halt.

Mo, much respect to you, but the game really doesn't do your books justice.
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