Here are four game reviews; done by Little Red Hen employees (many who are moms
of young children). All of these games can be purchased at Little Red Hen stores in Chi
co. All games were played and tested on kids. We purchased these games to focus on skills important for all kids, but especially kids with autism.
Stone Soup-by Peaceable Kingdom (Ages 5 & up):
We love this game because of its cooperative play. All players work for
one outcome and play together for one common goal. Everybody wins
together, or loses together. It is easy to set up/clean up and has easy game
rules. The game lasts about 15 minutes, which is perfect for short
attention spans. It has a cute little story that goes along with it
(which helped our kids feel connected to the game), and all the game pieces are
made from recycled material.
Crazy Mates-by Peaceable Kingdom (Ages 5 & up): Definitely for 5 and up.
Kids love the pirate theme (boys and girls). It is great because the better kids get at
the game, there are options in the rules to add variations, and it works on kids’ numbers and memory. It is only for 2 players.
Chomp-by Gamewright (Ages 6 & up):
This is an award winning game! It is a fast-paced game that our kids love (especially because it’s about sea creatures). Kids learn about the food chain, work on hand-eye coordination/reflexes, sequencing and quick thinking skills. It is great for the competitive child. The game lasts about 20 minutes and you can play with up to 6 people.
BBQ Blitz!-by Educational Insights (ages 4 & up):
This game is fun for the younger kids. It was the winner of the Parents Choice Award and
Goodhousekeeping.com’s 12 great games for 2012. It is a great game for matching and fine-motor skills. It is fast-paced, and does not last too long which is great for short attention spans. Easy set up and clean up, and has easy rules to follow. It is great for teaching turn-taking.