Thursday, January 19, 2023

Mermaid Island, By Peaceable Kingdom - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Cooperative game for young kids  

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  5 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Young kids that enjoy teamwork + mermaid theme 

Peaceable Kingdom has a range of cooperative games that bring smile to kids - easy to learn, eye-catching, and with no fast-paced competitive pressure. One of our favourite is “Mermaid Island” (kindly gifted by Leisure Learning ) that I would LOVE to share with you today. 

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Cooperative Game + Teamwork - Who can resist the enchanting world of dazzling Mermaids, power of magical wands, potential invasion of Sea Witch, and sparkly Mermaid Island? We love the relatable and familiar fairy-tale theme that captivates the kids immensely! They love the clear objective of avoiding evil villain and racing to their destination before the “bad guy” outpaces them. They love that this is a “cooperative game”, ie everyone wins and loses together as a team. I love watching the two little kids having intense discussion, laughing and getting nervous together, making sure “no friend is being left behind”, and making “strategies” to outsmart the bad witch! 

(2) Easy to Learn - I love the easy rules with fun twists for added excitement. On each turn, player spins the spinner, and depending on where the pointer lands, either a Mermaid or the Sea Witch moves forward to get nearer to the mysterious Mermaid Island. If a Mermaid lands on the same space as the monstrous Sea Witch, the unlucky Mermaid would have to restart her journey from the beginning (although together, the players can counter this “evil” effect if the team possesses a magic wand). The game lasts around 10 to 15 minutes, and requires consistent teamwork and meaningful cooperation to win. Both my six and three-year-old love this game, but my guess is the elder kid will quickly outgrow the game in a year or so. 

(3) Green Game - According to the information sheet, this is a “Peaceable Kingdom green game” - all the paper and boards are made with FSC papers and printed with soy-based inks; all of the plastic parts (such as the “pointer” on the spinner) are made using a corn-based plastic (which is phthalate- and BPA-free and will biodegrade over time). The components are colourful, adorable, and all the game parts can be recycled. I love that this game is sustainable and friendly to the planet! 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: (Australia) 

Enjoy the video! 

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