My cousin reviewed the Peaceable Kingdom Cooperative Games with her daughter, Ashlynn, and here are her thoughts:
I received two items from Peacable Kingdom. The first was the glowing fairies sticker activity poster book. The second was one of their cooperative games, a game called Stack Up.
We received the sticker activity poster book first. My daughter is really into fairies right now, and she loves stickers and anything which glows in the dark, so this product was perfect for her! When the product arrived, it looked like a book, but when taken apart, there was a poster which unfolded to 16 ⅜” x 22”. There are two 8 ½” x 11” sticker sheets included.
The product sells for $7.99 on the Peacable Kingdom website peacablekingdom.com. In the past, I have purchased other sticker books for my daughter which have a certain format of where the stickers are meant to be placed. I liked this activity because it allowed for much more creativity. The poster is essentially blank; there is a woodland scene in the background which is the setting for the ‘story’ your child can create. The poster depicts trees, a starry sky, and a small pond, and my daughter was able to decorate it with unicorn and fairy stickers to create a one-of-a-kind poster to hang on the wall in her bedroom. Her imagination came alive as she developed a plot to accompany the characters from the sticker book. She took her time to place the stickers on the poster, thoughtfully adding them one by one until she was satisfied with their placement and had completed the scene.
She pretended that the fairies were preparing for a woodland party, and she told me about everything that they were doing to get ready for this celebration. Her attention to detail struck me because sometimes it can be difficult to find something that is so engaging at her her age (4.5) which she can complete independently, which is a huge plus for me when I am constantly distracted with baby brother. My daughter loves unicorns and anything which has to do with magic, so she was delighted to add the magic wands for the fairies to carry. She had so much fun adding flowers and mushrooms to the grass and stars and butterflies to the sky. She was ecstatic when it was finished and we finally got to turn off the lights and see her creation glow! The best part about this activity was the look of pride when she had completed her poster. Every time she looks at it on her bedroom wall she will remember that sense of accomplishment.
Next we received a game called Stack Up. This is my daughter’s second cooperative game from Peacable Kingdom. I am a huge fan of this line of games because they do not have a winner and loser. These games are about teamwork. Players work together and win the game together. This is huge at my daughter’s age because we all have experienced the trauma that can come with hurt feelings associated with traditional competitive games. The best part about Stack Up is that it has four variations discussed in the directions, geared toward ages 2-5. The first level is very basic, for two year olds. I appreciate this because my son is 1, and he gets frustrated when he is unable to participate in his older sister’s activities. The game board itself is reversible, so for this level, the back side is used. The game board is divided into four color groups, which correspond with the four colors of the blocks that come with the game. There are twelve blocks in total, 3 of each color, and your two year old can simply practice sorting them by color category, an important skill for this age, and allowing them to feel like they are ‘playing’ the game.
For ages 3-5, there are 3 levels of play, which are all variations on the same game. The ‘easy’ level, designed for age 3, has each player spin the wheel, and as they move across the game board they continue to add blocks to their tower. Essentially, players are all on the same team, playing against the ‘Stack Smasher’, a cardboard stand-up figure in the shape of a hand. If the smasher makes it across the game board first, he gets to smash the tower. If the tower accidentally topples at any point, the Smasher wins the game as well. If a player drops one block, the Stack Smasher advances one space. My daughter thought it was hilarious when the Stack Smasher got to knock over our tower!
The most advanced level is designed for five year olds and is pretty much the same as the previous level. The difference is that players have to use the other end of the wooden sticks to lift and place their blocks, which is more difficult because the other end has white foam pieces that look like marshmallows that make it a little trickier to carry the blocks without dropping them. My daughter thought that the Challenge activities were cute and funny. Some cards said something silly such as “quack like a duck” or “make a funny face.” She loves goofing around. Her favorite was “roar like a dinosaur.”
The cooperative games from Peacable Kingdom are so wonderful because they encourage cooperation and teamwork. I love that Stack Up has so many variations. My daughter can play an easier version with her little brother or a more advanced version with friends her own age. I appreciate that my kids are able to have fun with this game without getting competitive. Stack Up helps build important development skills and self esteem. I will definitely be purchasing other teamwork type games from Peacable Kingdom for my kids in the future.
Buy It: You can purchase the Stack Up! Game for $24.99 and Glowing Fairies Sticker Activity Poster Book for $7.99.
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