Educational Insights The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Toddler & Preschool Board Game
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- BEST-SELLING PRESCHOOL GAME 5 YEARS RUNNING! Reinforce color learning, help develop matching skills, strategic thinking, turn-taking, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills with this board game for kids
- A COLOR-MATCHING, FINE MOTOR SKILLS, STRATEGY GAME: Your forest pals are hungry and need your help. Help them find their acorns in this fun and addictive toddler board game designed to teach young children about colors. Easy to understand and play—no reading required. Easy setup and clean up - box doubles as storage
- HOW TO PLAY: Spin the spinner and pick up the matching acorn with your Squirrel Squeezer, placing it in your log. The first to collect 5 acorns wins
- INCLUDES: A colorful tree-shaped game board, Squirrel Squeezer, 20 colored acorns, 1 game spinner, 4 logs, and instruction guide
- AT HOME LEARNING ACTIVITY: Makes a great activity for kids to stay engaged, entertained, and learning outside of the classroom. We are dedicated in providing resources that keep your kids learning and having fun while at home
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Who is Educational Insights?
Based in Southern California, Educational Insights has been creating toys and games that ignite the spark in every child since 1962. We believe learning happens through play, and we aim to inspire imagination and creativity for ages 2 to 102!
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We are glad to help if you have a broken spinner or anything that puts a damper on your play time. We will do our best to ensure you have what you need to continue playing with our products.
Your forest friends are hungry and they need your help. Spin the spinner, squeeze the matching colored acorn with your squirrel squeezer, and place it into your log. Be the first to fill your log with delicious acorns and you win. You could also spin “pick an acorn,” “steal an acorn,” or “lose an acorn,” so be strategic, little squirrel. For grades Pre-K+/Ages 3+. 2 to 4 player game. Includes one squirrel squeezer, 20 colored acorns, four logs, one game spinner and game board (doubles as packaging.). Develops matching, sorting, strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and pre-handwriting skills.
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Your forest friends are hungry and they need your help. Spin the spinner, squeeze the matching colored acorn with your Squirrel Squeezers and place it into your log. Be the first to fill your log with delicious acorns and you win. You could also spin “pick an acorn,” “steal an acorn,” or “lose an acorn,” so be strategic, little squirrel. Small Parts: Not for < 3 yrs. Grades Pre-K+/Ages 3+. 2 to 4 player game. Includes one set of Squirrel Squeezers, 20 colored acorns, four logs, one game spinner and game board (doubles as packaging.). Develops matching, sorting, strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and pre-handwriting skills.
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|Are batteries required?||No||No||No||No||No|
|Item Dimensions||14.20 x 11.00 x 2.10 inches||2.00 x 11.15 x 12.55 inches||1.89 x 10.51 x 10.51 inches||15.81 x 2.69 x 10.56 inches||13.00 x 9.00 x 2.00 inches|
|Item Weight||1.41 lbs||1.48 lbs||6.40 ounces||3.02 lbs||1.15 lbs|
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It was not my intention to get this game purely to upset my son, but watching my three year old torture his older brother by 'stealing' his acorns has been one of the best experiences of my entire life. The joy in his little eyes as he watches his brother lose his sht as Sneaky Squirrel takes his acorns. It's genius. Even if he already has the color, the younger brother would rather steal his sibling's acorn than take a color he actually needs from another player. It's honestly the funniest thing in the world. I love this game.
I was never so happy to hear my daughter announce that it was bedtime in my life! As soon as granddaughter was out of the room, I told my husband to hide the game where she couldn't find it. At the end of their 5-day visit, I made sure the game got put in their car to go home with them. I'm sure my son-in-love will have a great time playing the game. (Slaps knee with laughter).
Seriously, I had fun playing the game the first 4 or 5 times. Set up was easy each time, so granddaughter didn't get bored waiting. I thought the pincers might be hard for her, but she had no problems using them to grasp the acorns after she watched me a few times.
It would definitely be better if there had been other kids to play the game with her, but her 8-year-old brother had commandeered my phone to play Minecraft, so it was just me. I enjoyed playing the game with my funny and smart granddaughter, even if she did cheat! That's the advantage of being Grammy. I will probably never have to play the game again, so I could tolerate an hour and a half of being bored to play the game with her this one time.
My son used this game in his ABA therapy this morning and it was such a hit! This game was not only PERFECT for him but my 5 and 3 year old daughters also had a great time participating in this! The tongs are great for little hands and still quite a task for adults too.. you'll be surprised!! Seriously, even the therapist had fun lol!
The box the game comes in is unique and the artwork on the box is colorful and fun! The presentation and the feel of the game is quality.. not cheap plastic pieces made in China. It is in such a fun little package you want to open it and play it right away! I would have thought this game was worth twice of what I paid for it!! It exceeded my expectations for sure! I will definitely be purchasing more games from educational insights in the future.. for not only my kids but also for gifts!!!
If you're on the fence, GET this game for your kiddos, you won't be sorry!! It's perfect for teaching turn taking, understanding matching colors and they won't realize they are really working on perfecting those fine motor skills!! Worth EVERY penny!!!
The game play of The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game! follows the same principle of play as Hi-Ho-Cherry-O, but adds some additional educational components, which makes it a great choice for young children.
The object of the game is simple: collect different-colored acorns from the tree to fill up your tree stump. Once you have collected all five colors, you win. A spinner dictates which color acorn you get to collect. But watch out -- if you get the storm cloud all your acorns get blown back onto the tree. And if you get the sad squirrel, you lose a turn. Also beware of the thieving squirrel that allows other players to steal one of your acorns from your tree stump. If you get lucky, your spinner will land on a color, a "1", or a "2", which are the fields needed to pick acorns. The recommended age range is 3 years and up, but I played this with language-delayed third-graders and they still liked it.
Not only does this game work on counting and color-matching skills, but there are other educational aspects. The thing that really differentiates this game from Hi-Ho Cherry-O is the fine motor component: on their turn, players use the plastic squirrel tongs to pick up the acorns. This really allows them to work on their hand strength and fine motor control while playing!
I find that the pieces in this game don't get lost as easily as the cherries in Hi-Ho Cherry-O as they are a little bigger and can be easily counted during clean-up (there should be four of each color) to make sure they're all still there. The game components are also higher quality and the acorns have a rubber-y texture to them.
This would make a great game for preschool SLPs as well as Occupational Therapists! Or of course for any household with young children. I uploaded a couple of customer pictures, please take a look!
Top international reviews
This game is fun, colourful and creative but also excellent for young children to develop game skills of taking turns, spinning the wheel and strategy alongside counting, colours and fine motor skills in using the squirrel shaped tongs to select the coloured acorns.
My daughter is small for her age and has struggled with the tongs but this is also good for encouraging resilience alongside hand strength and by continuing to try she is more confident and we have had to expand her game selection!
For grown ups this game is excellent for reducing chaos of lost bits in that it is self contained and self storing, the box is the game 'board' and everything goes back in it without having to align bits of plastic with inner packaging everytime, just scoop and shut the lid, job done.
Overall, I'm a fan of Learning Resources products despite their higher price you get quality pieces, this was worth the investment for us and is an excellent choice for the preschooler/reception aged child but wil still get value for older primary aged children as its competitive with the forfeit spins and fun overall.
The cardboard logs are sturdy enough though for the price tag and the Learning Resources brand I would have expected plastic ones to longevity. The disappointment for me, and the lost star, is the spinner - it is cardboard so easily bent with little ones enthusiasm, and ours actually came with a curve in the card and spinning arrow itself. Let alone the arrow lands on the same icon each time, if I use both hands to flatten it out on each turn we get more or a spin but it will always stop within the same half of the circle which ruins the game somewhat. I may contact LR to see if we can be sent a new one as the game is unplayable without me sneakily moving the pointer manually, something I don't want to encourage as okay practise whilst playing games!
UPDATE - I did contact Learning Resources UK and they were happy to send out a replacement spinner, happy customer here!
We also bought the card game Raccoon Rumpus at the same time and they have equally enjoyed playing it together.
Great game for teaching children the mechanics of a board game, taking turns and losing to chance! All in all, a great family game and one we will be enjoying for a good while yet. Highly recommended.