This is a really cool stacking game and it can be used in a variety of ways. First, it is designed to be stacking game, ala Jenga, where you remove pieces form a tall tower one at the time until the tower falls. For younger children, it can simply be a stacking game. Both of these options are fantastic for practicing fine motor skills. Another great thing about this game is that the stacking pieces are bright colorful vegetables – corn, carrots, green onions, eggplants, peppers and cucumbers. Even if your child isn’t a fan of eating veggies, it can be fun to play with them, identify them and discuss them. I also like the idea of using the veggies for a sorting game, if the stacking gets old or feels too challenging.
The Veggie Stacking Game comes with 54 wooden veggies for stacking and unstacking. All are brightly colored with non-toxic paint and are FSC certified, which means they are sustainably sourced. The game also includes a colored die, in case players want to make things harder by rolling it and matching the color to the piece they stack or remove. Hape designates the game as appropriate for ages 3 to 8.
Pros of the Veggie Stacking Game:
*The veggie pieces are really appealing -bright and colorful. Using them in a variety of ways is a wonderful opportunity to practice fine motor skills. Stacking them, removing them, or simply sorting them all encourage fine motor development.
*The fact that the pieces are vegetables is really fun. It is a great way to spark discussion about healthy eating, cooking and gardening.
*Because the game can be used in a few different ways, it will appeal to children ages 3 and up. While the removal of the pieces for the tower may be difficult for some 3 and 4 year olds, stacking and sorting the pieces should be doable.
Cons of the Veggie Stacking Game:
*Fine motor skills can be tricky for younger kids so this could be frustrating if not modified to make it a bit easier.
*Some of the veggie pieces are slightly curved, making them harder to fit together in the stack. (on a positive note, this may encourage motor planning).
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