The classic Mennonite, Lancaster County and Pennsylvania Dutch card game. Easy to learn and fun for everyone to play—age 8 to adult.
The Game of Full Barn
"Strangely enough, the game of Full Barn came to me in a dream!" said Josiah Hurst, age 15. There are 12 different cards, four of each kind, for a total of 56 cards in a deck. The aim of the game is to get one of each kind of card for a "full barn"—but watch out for the Ol' Rat! A barn full of fun for the whole family! Comes in a draw string feed sack.
A Beautiful Place
An ecology game for children! Planet Earth can be a beautiful place, shared by all. Sadly, it has been harmed and made ugly in lots of ways. Players work together to restore the beauty. Can they do it before the dark pollution clouds encircle the beautiful place? They have a much better chance if they work together.
Top-rated by Canadian Toy Testing Council. A Manitoba teacher writes: "This has become a real favourite in my classroom."
Ages: 5 and up Price: $8.00
The Adventures of Harley
Our farm dog, Harley, runs so fast that cars have to chase him. He also has a great sense of humor and likes to hide, then later bring back, our favorite things.
While rocketing around the fields and woods, Harley often meets other creatures who give him thrilling times!
In this game, we all help Harley find and bring back home as many of the favorite things as we can, looking out for other prowlers such as Bear, Raccoon, Skunk, Porcupine & some nasty briar patches. We may have to call in the Vet!
Top-rated by Canadian Toy Testing Council. "Exciting. ... Stimulates thinking and discussion... Different adventures each time" (Seattle, Washington).
Aunty Ruth's Apples
Aunty Ruth sends us into her Orchards to gather Apples, fill the boxes and bring them to her little Store by the Highway, where lots of people stop by.
There are 4 different Apples to pick. Aunty Ruth wants some to sell for Eating, some for making Cider & Juice, some for Baking and some for Sauces. Each player spins to see from which Orchard to pick apples. But watch out for the wormy ones or those chewed up by deer!
When everyone has had a turn at the spinner, we help to fill as many of the different boxes as we can with the apples we picked, and count up how many different boxed collections we managed to finish. Then Aunty Ruth pays our Crew for the work done. Thus, our math skills of adding and dividing get some practice. Apple picking is indeed hard work, but really worthwhile.
Berries, Bugs and Bullfrogs
Four different cooperative tile games. Players form as many good Berry Patches as they can, with the help of the friendly Bullfrogs. The basic mathematical skills of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing all get a workout.
Six tiles have only Berries on them. Six have only Bugs. Eight have both Berries and Bugs. The Bug shown is a Slug, one of the few insects that damage Strawberries. Each of the 12 Bullfrogs can eat one bug.
In THE GOOD BERRY PATCH GAME, players form as many Good Berry Patches as they can that have more Berries than Bugs. In THE BUG-FREE BERRY PATCH GAME, each Bug will eat a Berry and only saved Berries count... with a Bonus for each totally Bug-Free Patch formed. There are also two MIND-READER BERRY PATCH GAMES, in which each tile is played silently with players trying to guess what tile the others are going to play.
Awarded "Best Game" rating by Dr. Toy. Lots of fun.
Players try to make sure that everyone has a merry Christmas. They help each other get all the pieces to make their own Merry Christmas Puzzle picture. This involves sharing and giving. In the center of the board is the traditional Christmas manger scene. Don't let Christmas get clouded over by people being mean to one another or you might all lose the game!
First, gardens are planted. Then everyone helps with harvesting. The job is to harvest the gardens before winter comes. A simple but challenging game for beginners;rules for harder "spring planting" game.
Parents' choice and Canadian Toy Testing Council awards.
Let's Make Pizza
We are prep cooks in a pizza shop and have to work together to help Chef fill the pizza orders coming in—while keeping an eye on how hot the oven is getting. We don't want to burn any pizzas.
The red dot game is for beginners and young players. Add the green dot cards for a tougher game. Add the yellow dot cards for the most challenging version. Enjoyable for adults, too!
We must help get the little creatures safely home before Max, the tomcat, catches them. In an exciting way, children learn logic, consultation and decision making. Max also raises an important issue for discussion: we don't like cats catching the little creatures, but we recognize that they are natural hunters. How do we resolve this in our minds and hearts?
A parent in Tennessee says, "Our kids play Max over and over again!"
We are working hard to grow beautiful, fresh, organic vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, but sometimes garden pests eat those good things before we do. Can we keep the garden safe by catching all six pests and taking them to the forest where they belong?
The manufacturers write, "The skunk and other pests in this game are real, from our garden. It was quite a puzzle figuring out how to let the skunk loose when we caught it without getting sprayed. Other skunks may enjoy their perfume, but we sure don’t."
Walk in the Woods
Take a walk in the woods. Observe beautiful wild flowers and butterflies; help each other to gather apples, berries, herbs and nuts; and keep an eye out for poison ivy, stinging nettle and biting bugs. Share remedies, solve problems and plan together.
"Our kids play it over and over. I like the way it nurtures careful observation, clear thinking, memory skills and sharing" (Montreal, Ontario).