Zobmondo Entertainment The Ladybug Game
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- Adorable graphics, easy play and no reading required make this award winner a perfect first board game.
- Interactive play stimulates learning and fun, with four ladybugs embarking on a different adventure every time.
- The winner is the first ladybug to find her or his way home.
- Recommended for ages 3 and older
- Invented by a kid for kids.
- Introduction to math concepts.
- Two to four players
- A game created by a 6 year old while in 1st grade
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Top Customer Reviews
They've learned about ladybugs, aphids, ants, and praying mantises and they've gotten a lot of practice counting through the process of reading the cards and counting forwards and backwards on the board. Then there's the counting of aphids to give them even more practice with numbers.
But after playing this game five or six tims with my sons I found myself wishing they could just play against each other and leave me out of it. This is an open ended game which can go on for a long time. The cards basically contain numbers which move you forward and backward, forward and backward. Then there are instructions on some of the "squares" along the journey that have you moving backwards too. Furthermore, there is one place along your journey where you can get into a seemingly infinite loop going around and around trying to collect enough aphids to get past those bully ants.
As a parent who is obligated to play this game when the kids want to, I can say that it has gotten quite tedious, and when the kids want to play it I just wince. Still, it's not nearly as bad as Chutes and Ladders.
So, I recommend this as one of several games to cycle through over the course of days and weeks. If I had to play it every night, I'd just rather be eaten by the praying mantis.
I will grant that it is a kids' game, and therefore not super exciting for repeated adult play. But all kids' games are kind of boring for adults, and this one is much better than most. And, as a teaching game, I think it's quite good.
The game uses cards instead of a spinner, which offers more variety. Sometimes you move forward, sometimes backwards. Sometimes you get aphids. There are several visual cues on both the cards and the board to help young kids figure out what to do. The cards that send you backward are written in red, for example. And along the bottom of the card is a small picture showing the direction and number of spaces you need to move. The aphid cards will show both the number 4, for example, and pictures of 4 aphids.
We can complete the game in about 20 minutes, which is perfect for us. It's long enough that we only play it once per day, and we don't have to get into negotiations over how many times we'll play. And it's short enough that we can squeeze it in between dinner and bedtime.
The back-and-forth aspect of the game (move forward/backward and win/lose aphids) is appealing to me. It increases the opportunities for counting, and it reinforces ideas of addition and subtraction early on--focusing on the concepts of numbers as well as on the simple memorization of counting 1-10. I also like the small ways the game introduces the idea of loss/sacrifice. It's gentle in the ways it makes kids lose aphids.Read more ›
He can interpret the cards and board directions, using a few tricks. We noticed that the Move Forward cards are written in green letters, and Move Back cards in red. The movement cards use numbers, but also a corresponding number of little pictures of "spaces." Many cards say Play Again at the bottom, and those cards always have a little ladybug next to those words--he sees that the card has a ladybug and knows to take another turn. The Get and Lose Aphid cards and board spots have similar color coding and pictures.
My son seems to think this is all a great deal of fun! I think a big part of that is the feeling of accomplishment. My seven-year-old, a good game player, enjoys the game also. For an adult, of course, it can get a bit tedious, but MUCH better than Candyland!
For an interested young child, this game does an excellent job of improving skills in counting, interpreting symbols, following directions, understanding typical game board pathways, taking turns, and having fun!
My "how much fun" rating is based on my child's reaction. Durability is about typical or a bit better--typical folding board, good quality large cards, thick cardboard aphids, thick cardboard ladybug markers with plastic stands.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a sweet little game. We first saw this game several years ago. Some family friends had this game and our son, when he was little, really liked playing it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa Renee
Fun game for my 4 year old! He always wants to play his older sister's games and it is nice for him to have his own.Published 4 months ago by M. Chaddock
I got this game for my girls who are in kindergarten and first year preschool. I brought it home and my older daughter told me they play this in her kindergarten class. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jan6177
My 3-year-old's favorite game; perfect for after-dinner screen-free family entertainment. Easy enough for pre-readers to play without help. And very pleasantly gender-neutral! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Deb H.
Bought this for my niece for Christmas, my sister tells me she is still playing it everyday and is now very proficient in her numbersPublished 5 months ago by tobiasjr2000