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The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Game
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- The World of Eric Carle
- A preschool game of counting, colors and contrasts
- No Reading Required
- 2 to 4 Players
- Ages 3 & Up
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Top Customer Reviews
1. The game pieces are flimsy: four tiny cardboard boxes that fold together. Even before we played the first game, one of them was coming apart. There is no way that these pieces will last more than a couple weeks.
2. The instructions aren't clear. Are players supposed to stop at the "food" spaces no matter what, or only if they land on them? We played both ways.
3. Both ways were dull. It is just not very exciting or imaginitive.
The only good thing is that the game should fall apart quickly, so I'll have an excuse to get rid of it.
The game teaches a number of valuable and useful lessons: counting, taking turns, sharing, fine motor skills (putting the food pieces into the caterpillar boxes), gross motor skills (moving the pieces on the board), nutrition (which picnic food should you eat more of?), number recognition (from the spinning wheel), patience, and conversation skills (whose turn is it? where do you think you'll end next?), as well as colors.
It really is a great game and she loves playing it with anyone who she can rope into it - grandparents, parents, or friends over for play-dates, as well as babysitters (who also enjoy it). I feel that the game has been given unfair poor reviews and want to recommend this game very highly as a first game for a child. This is not the most sophisticated or difficult game to play and you do need to figure out for yourself how you want to best play at certain points; but this invites thinking for oneself, which is a value my family prefers to promote.
I'm sad to see something with Eric Carle's name on it so unimaginative. Shame on University Games for dropping the ball with such a clever book as an inspiration. I also found the instructions confusing and the game play monotonous. I'm not sure what the learning emphasis is here - some counting involved, taking turns. But no real decision making or strategies. I'll return it if the store will take it back opened.
My biggest beef with it is that on almost every turn, if the spinner lands on the "moon" space, you lose your turn. BUT, if your caterpillar is on the moon spot on the board, you have to spin the moon space on the spinner to move on. My son's pretty good with playing games, but this sudden change of rules confuses him every time.
The game pieces are rather flimsy, and are starting to fall apart after just a few times playing. The game really isn't that exciting or fun, and I'm not even sure there's that much education value to it. It's cute, but there are much better games for this age group.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We just visited my sister and I was surprised when she gave us this game with a pile of hand-me-downs from her daughter, as her son is only 11 months older than my child. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nessie
Terrible just awful -Initially thought this would be a good follow-up to the book. Game board is colorful With book illustrations. We haven't even played the game yet . Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Lisa Rodriguez
Educational game to go with the story book The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar! Fun for kids to play and fun to learn! Good for their memories and fun counting, and sequencing!Published on May 29, 2014 by Story time Reader
As others have said this: High expectations given Eric Carle's name but the game is just really boring. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Guy Bloomfield
My four year old daughter was very excited to receive The Very Hungry Caterpillar game. Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived due to flimsy paper pieces and vague... Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Denise C