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Ravensburger Snails Pace Race - Children's Game

3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • Players line up the colorful smooth wooden snails on their starting arrows and then predict which will come in first and last
  • Improves color recognition, number conceptualizing, task completion, turn taking, and social skills playing
  • Taking turns
  • For 2 to 6 players
  • For ages 4 to 8
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Little ones will learn their colors while playing a fun game. Choose a color snail that you think will come in first and one that will come in last. Roll the wooden die and move the snails that match the colors rolled on the dice. If two of the same colors are rolled, then your snail would move two spaces. Onceall of the snails have reached their color circle at the end of the board, the game is over. Just remember to keep track of which snails were first and which finished last. The players who chose the right snails win.

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So many children's games require an adult to help out or set things up. Not this one. The Snail's Pace Race is a simple game that proceeds at a child's pace. Everything is based on colors, including the dice, without a printed word in sight. Players roll the dice to see which two of the colorful wooden snails they'll move forward one space on the board. No matter how many children play, all six snails enter the race. The goal is to guess which snail will be the first--or the last--to cross the finish line. --Lynne Sampson

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.5 x 9.2 x 13.2 inches
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B00000J0RY
Item model number MN041-167
Manufacturer recommended age 3 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #141,554 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#3,917 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
#56,589 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys
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3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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We bought this game for our son when he was barely 3 years old. He is now almost 6 and still loves it. The game is simple enough for him to play with his friends without adult help, since everything is based on colors and no reading is required. The beauty of this game, though, is that children can have fun without competing against each other. Since all children move all of the snails, it is the snails who race and who win or lose. Since no child loses, there are no hurt feelings. Plus, it's fun to try to guess which snail will win!
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I love this game!! My son has been playing it for 2 years now. He's 4.5 yrs old right now. It's so easy to learn and great fun for up to 6 people!! We make it a little more challenging by taking two colored snails each and trying to remember which are ours when the colors are rolled. For our family of 3, that makes it lots of fun! I advise everyone to buy this game if there are young children in your house. You will NOT be disappointed.
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By A Customer on June 30, 2000
I bought this game because my youngest (3 yrs old) was feeling left out of the games her older siblings were playing. Well, she love it and my 5 and 8 year old loved it too. Since, the outcome is dice dependent, sometime the youngest can win over her older siblings and she likes that. Also, though a little junvenile for the older kids, they like playing a game that everyone can play.Very simple, but it is engaging. I recommend making a 'big deal' out of racing snails, it adds to the drama.
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The game board is poorly designed. Considering that it's intended for 3 year olds, there are one or two confusing aspects to the board that should not have been. See last paragraph below to save a few bucks.

First of all, each colored snail should have its "track" marked in its own color, so that a 3 year-old can clearly see and understand that the piece stays in the same lane. On the first few plays, my 3 year-old would move a snail forward and over to an adjacent track in front of another snail. Sounds silly, but it confused the next turn's play ... and you just try explaining to a stubborn 3-year-old the error!

Secondly, the snails are actually LONGER than the squares they occupy. They overlap the square's front & back edges. So when my 3-year-old advances a snail, he naturally jumps the snail to the next "visually available" square, i.e. he advances the snail two paces, rather than one. It's too trivial for me to correct his play, but very odd for a company like Ravensburger to flub this up so badly.

These sound trivial, but for such a simple, simple game as this, it is amazing that they got it so wrong. It's as though they threw the game together without testing or thinking about it, like a trivial whip-it-out-and-sell-it-fast game.

In the end, I took a piece of cardboard, bought six little tubes of paint and a magic marker, and drew my own board for the game correcting those flaws.

That said, I note that when it comes to introducing a 3-year-old to the idea of board games, I suppose I don't know of any other games that are quite this simple. "Max" is a great game but slightly more complex, as is "Orchard", so this is the only one I know of.
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I've been playing this with kids for about 9 years - my 4 year old enjoys it just as much as my 14 year old did years ago. It's interesting, tho, that kids will still pull for their favorite colored snail! Really fun without complexity of some games for preschoolers
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My, just turned 4, son likes this game. I don't like board games so much, but i don't mind playing this one.

One review expressed disappointment that it did not have a "winner". (i am puzzled that it received 1 star for that) Having a competitive son, we found a simple way to fix that issue...just change the rules:) We play 3 different ways, none of which is the "right" way. Who cares, the kid is happy. One way is, regardless of color, whom ever is the person that brings the first snail over the finish line is the winner. Second, instead of declaring a player the winner, we declare the snail the winner, ie "red won!" Lastly, my son just enjoys rolling and moving the pieces, so we keep playing until all the snails get across the finish line, which still doesn't make the game too long for me.

I do agree the design would be better if the snails were smaller, spaces were larger or spread apart more and the path it travels was color coded, but certainly doesn't make me unhappy when i play nor keep me from purchasing it for a gift (maybe if my son were 3 yrs old it would bother me?)

Ravensburger doesn't disappoint with quality, just like their puzzles.
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my son does not yet understand the "choosing a color" and sticking to that same color throughout the game thing. this is a great game that teaches him to take turns without getting frustrated that he can't be the same color as momma. We love it! It is a great introduction to more sophisticated board games.
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This is a very well made game, however it did not hold my kids attention for long. We prefer Hi-Ho Cherry-O, Uno, or Hungry Hippos for my three year old. My kids only seem interested in it at all when they are one and two years old. After that...it's time to move on.
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