Peaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot Award Winning Cooperative Matching Game for Kids
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- Hoot Owl Hoot is the award winning color-coded cooperative matching game with two play levels so it will grow with your child
- Players work together to help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up; if they are successful everyone wins
- Children learn simple strategy and social development skills with no reading required
- Winner of seven awards including Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and Dr. Toy Best Green Product Award
- For 2 to 4 players ages 4 years and older; Peaceable Kingdom packaging is all designed to be frustration-free
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Hoot Owl Hoot! - The Color-Coded Cooperative Matching Game! Hurry Owls! It's time to go home! In this game, which has won multiple awards including Dr. Toy Best Green Product Award, players help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up. Play a color card and fly to that space. Draw a sun card and you're one step closer to daylight. Help all the owls get home and everyone wins! Two levels of play allow this game to grow with your child. Game includes 1 game board, 6 owl tokens, 1 sun token, 14 sun cards, 36 color cards and instructions for two versions of game play.
Children will learn:
- Simple Strategy
- Problem Solving
- Following Directions
- Taking Turns
- Social Development
What's a cooperative game? It's a game where everyone plays together, no one is left out, and everybody has fun!
Cooperative games emphasize play, not competition. Kids work together, help each other and, most importantly, they play for FUN!
Cooperative Games foster:
- Non-stressful play situations
- Emotional development
- Shared decision making
- Creative problem solving
- A sense of community
- Positive self esteem
This Peaceable Kingdom game is 100% green: it's printed with soy-based inks on FSC paper and includes only with recycled plastics. Games that are good for our planet and good for our kids!
Since 1983 play has been the heart and soul of Peaceable Kingdom. Silly play, special play, wholehearted play! We create experiences to help kids play well together, so they can play well in the world. Our games and gifts connect kids and families, encourage learning and self-expression and let imaginations soar. And if a piece of your Peaceable Kingdom game or gift gets lost in all that fun, we will gladly send you a replacement piece - just contact us directly with your need!
When play comes from the heart and feeds the soul, that’s Peaceable Kingdom!
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In the game players work together to move from 4 to 6 owls (depending on the desired difficulty) down the colored track to their nest before the sun comes up. Owl tokens are placed on the start places of the track. Players then draw hands of three cards. Every turn they play a card and draw another one. Most of the cards have colors on them. Whatever color is on the card played is the color any of the owls can move to. Owls must always move to the next instance of a given color on the board, unless another owl is already on that space. If the space is occupied, the owl may skip along the board to the next instance of the color. In this way players can get their owls to move quickly down the board if they work together to choose the same color in a row on their turns. Some of the cards have a sun token on them. If one of the sun cards is drawn a little sun marker is moved along a sun path at the top of the board. All the owls must make it to the nest before the sun gets to the end of the sun path. Then everyone wins.
This game can be thought of as a much improved version of Candy Land. While Candy Land might be okay for two year olds and younger three year olds, this game works much better for later three year olds up through about six or seven. I wouldn't buy it for an eight year old, but older children will enjoy playing this with their younger siblings, as is the case with us. In this game there are small strategic decisions that the children can make to affect the outcome of the game. The strategy is definitely not deep, but it is at a nice level for young ones. It is definitely enough strategy to get the children thinking and practicing working together. This ups the players' higher order thought usage well beyond Candy Land, where there is no strategy involved in gameplay at all. Even with the best use of strategy in the game, there is enough luck that you will still sometimes lose (as you can see us do in our video). This is particularly the case if you play the hardest level of the game with all the owls. Of course there are other times when the luck aspect works in your favor and you still manage to win while using less than optimal strategy. All told, the game strikes a good balance between luck and strategy.
The components are colorful and the illustrations are cute. All the pieces are made of biodegradable recycled cardboard. Unfortunately the cardboard for the cards is quite thin and flimsy. For that reason I knocked it down a star because if this game were to be used in a classroom I would recommend laminating the cards. Of course then those cards are no longer biodegradable, which sort of defeats one of the advertising points of the company...
So to sum up, I would definitely recommend this game to both parents and teachers, of children in preschool through first grade, looking for a fun game involving color recognition and light strategy. For another great game utilizing color recognition and light strategy in a competitive, rather than cooperative, format check out Monza.
I was skeptical about how much fun my competitive little girl would have with a cooperative game play dynamic, but she really had a blast. We discussed strategy and the best way to get the owls home. It was simple enough for her to understand it easily, but I'm also sure that my 8yo will have a blast with it. I'll take this ahead of Candyland any day of the week.
Since my daughter's favorite Avenger is the Hulk for a reason, some of the big things I look for in games are 1) How easily destroyed are the pieces and 2) How easy will it be for me to try to make my own replacements when she does inevitably destroy things. Not only are the board, the card and the tokens made of sturdy stock, there's a note on the inside of the box about contacting the company for free replacement parts if anything gets lost or broken.
I bought this for my grandsons (ages 3 and a half & 7 years old, along with 'Race to the Treasure') to give them a game that they could (hopefully) play together without the older one winning 'all the time.' Hoot Owl Hoot definitely fulfilled that wish!
Big brother sets it up and they play without acrimony because it is 'them against the Sun' (not against each other!)
I only gave it 4 stars because:
All the pieces come inside one envelope and have to be sorted out - the sun piece is tiny and has to be found among the larger cards, the cards have to be turned the same way and stacked up.
The 'cards' are square (and only a little bit bigger than an inch across) and make a stack that is hard to 'draw' from.
We love it anyway because:
It's easy for the non-reader to play
The opponent is the 'sun' not each other
Trying to choose which color to play to move an owl the furthest encourages them to talk to each other and plan ahead.
'Hoot Owl Hoot' is a great game for little kids. Worth the buy!
I don't know if Peaceable Kingdom has other games on the market beside 'Hoot Owl Hoot' and 'Race to the Treasure', but if they do, I plan to be the owner of a few of them!