One thing I love about blogging and writing product reviews is learning about new companies that I may not have heard of if it weren't for the "blogosphere". I especially like it when I find a company that makes products specifically for children that are not only fun, but educational too. One such company I recently learned about is Peaceable Kingdom. Since 1983, Peaceable Kingdom has created "fresh, fun, award-winning products for kids that educate, inspire and tickle funny bones!" They started out with one product, and nearly 30 years later, Peaceable Kingdom is a leader in juvenile stickers, greeting cards, and cooperative games.
We were recently given the chance to review a couple of the great products from Peaceable Kingdom, which I knew my kids would love. Rylie and Bryce are just getting into board games and have a great time playing them, and Rylie absolutely loves stickers, so I was excited to receive the Glowing Fairies Sticker Activity Poster Book and The Great Cheese Chase Board Game.
As I mentioned, Rylie and Bryce love to play board games. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner when we play games, and the non-winner doesn't always handle that so well. While I think it is important to teach your children how to lose, sometimes it is fun to play just for the sake of playing, in a non-competitive way. Peaceable Kingdom's Cooperative Games do just that - they emphasize play, not competition.
The Great Cheese Chase is a cooperative game for 2-6 players, ages 5 and up. It takes around 15 minutes to play and there is no reading required.
The Great Chase is On! Players work together to move the three mice up the path and into the attic for a cheese party! But beware of the cat! If he pounces on a mouse on the path, the mouse goes back to the start and the long climb up begins again. Get all three mice to the attic before the cat gets there and everyone wins!
The instructions for the game were very clear, and very easy to understand. Once I knew all of the rules, I sat down with Rylie and Bryce to play a game. We had to plan our moves so that Tiger the Cat wouldn't land on a space with one of the mice and send it back to start, and the kids seemed to get the hang of that easily. Rylie liked landing on the "Catnip" spaces so that she could use the little tokens to send Tiger back while the mice kept scurrying towards the attic. Daddy spun the wheel at the other end of the table, and Rylie and Bryce took turns moving the mice and Tiger the Cat.
We all worked together and got all three mice in the attic without Tiger getting near them. Once they were all in...we all won!
Everyone enjoyed the game! Even though the recommended age for the game is 5+, three year old Bryce was able to play too, with just a little bit of explanation. He liked it so much, in fact, that when Rylie decided it was time to move on to the sticker book, he sat down on the floor and played with Daddy.
Not only is The Great Cheese Chase a fun game for the whole family, it is also 100% green, like many of Peaceable Kingdom's cooperative games. The games are printed with soy inks on FSC paper and include parts made with corn-based plastic and FSC wood. I don't think I have played a board game that is 100% green before, and I think it is a wonderful idea!
Here's a little advice if you are going to play this game with your family - don't pick just one person to move the cat. I told Bryce that he could move the cat during the first game, and pretty soon he thought he was the cat, and playing against Rylie. That defeats the purpose of the "cooperative game". Make sure that the kids take turns moving the cat, so no one gets that idea. I took over moving the cat, and explained to Bryce that we were all on "team mice".
After the game, Rylie was beyond excited to check out her Glowing Fairies Sticker Activity Poster Book. She loves stickers, and was thrilled with the idea of getting to make a big poster for her room! The book came with a 16 3/8" x 32" poster and 70 glow stickers.
She got right to work and began placing the stickers on the poster. They were very easy for her to remove from the paper. She started with the unicorns and then placed the fairies around the enchanted forest. She was very serious while making her creation, and thought about the placement of each sticker thoroughly.
Rylie had so much fun acting out the scenes she created - like the fairy making the flower grow, a fairy coming out of the tree to pet the butterfly, and even a magical mushroom in the sky that the fairies could climb up the ladder to. The detail in the stickers is exquisite and the scene really came to life!
Rylie used several of the stickers and got everything just where she wanted them. She added in a couple small bugs and used the moon sticker to make it brighter, and her poster was complete.
Once she was finished creating her poster, we took it in a dark bathroom to see it glow. Rylie (and Bryce too!) thought it was super cool! All of the stickers had a very bright glow, and you could make out the detail in the fairies, even in complete darkness.
The really cool thing about this poster set (for me, at least) is that the stickers come off pretty easily when peeled. This way, if Rylie wants to change her poster, she should be able to.
We really had a great time with the game and the stickers, and I am so glad that I found out about Peaceable Kingdom. Their products are fun, well made, and affordable too. The Great Cheese Chase is available on Amazon for $15.99, and the Glowing Fairies Sticker Activity Poster Book for $7.99. Make sure you visit Peaceable Kingdom online to check out all of the other games and sticker sets available! You can also visit my friend Xenia over at Thanks, Mail Carrier, to see what her little cuties thought about the game and stickers they reviewed.
Which product from Peaceable Kingdom caught your eye?
~*~Sticker Book or Game from Peaceable Kingdom~*~
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the game and sticker book at no cost, in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received.