You’ll know from previous review blogs for Learning Resources that we’re pretty big fans of their education based toys. They’re great fun, well made and have always been a big hit in our house. So when we were asked to review their new Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game I was eager to test another product out with Miss Roo.
The box is brilliant, designed in the shape of a tree (this must be a pretty pricey part of the design process) with a beautiful acorn tree printed onto it and a very cute squirrel. This got Miss Roo’s attention straight away. What’s inside the box though is equally lovely and well put together, as there are lots of coloured rubber acorns, tree stumps for each player and a Sneaky Snacky Squirrel to gather the nuts. The game is a very simple idea. The concept of the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game is brilliant; your forest friends are hungry and they need your help! Spin the spinner, squeeze the matching colored acorn with your Squirrel Squeezers, and place it into your log. Be the first to your log with delicious acorns and you win! You could also spin pick an acorn,steal an acorn, or lose an acorn, so be strategic, little squirrel!
However, to spice things up a bit there are pictures on the spinner; land on a sad squirrel you miss a turn, land on an acorn with a number and you can choose any colour acorn up to that number, if you are unlucky and land on the storm cloud then the wind blows all your acorns away and the burglar squirrel allows you to take an acorn from your opponents log (great when you’re trying to get a particular colour).
This leads to a nice mix of strategy and luck which gives players a pretty equal chance of winning. Between two and four players can play together, but Roo did play with herself one time to see how long it would take her to get all the colours needed to complete her log.
What do I love about the game?
- It’s great for practising colour recognition skills and simple counting with pre-schoolers
- Thanks to the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel picker it’s brilliant for working on those fine motor skills
- The product is a really good quality product, nicely designed and premium materials
- It’s a game children can play with and without adult supervision
We’ve played the game with all of us, with the grandparents and with friends and everyone has loved it. If you fancy winning a copy there is currently a competition on Learning Resources’ facebook page where you can win 5 copies of the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game so head on over there to try your luck before the 30th April.
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game is available from Learning Resources and has a RRP of £23.94.
It’s a lovely game that kids of all ages can enjoy – the suggested age range is 3+ due to the small parts but younger players could have a go, if you keep an eye on them and help with the fiddly business of picking up the acorns. Each game only takes about 10 minutes so it’s ideal for a quick play when you’re short on time but the kids want some quality time with you !
The Mummy Blogger Star Rating: 5 out of 5