Board Game Review: Pegs in the Park

A year or two ago I got the idea that I wanted to start sharing board game reviews here on the blog. The thought process was that we have so many fun games that we love playing in our house, and I see so many moms always asking for recommendations, so I thought sharing what we love would be helpful!

Like most good ideas, this sat on the back burner for a while, but then Jay got this game for a belated birthday gift from his aunt a few weeks ago and I thought the game was so fun, so perfect, and so great, that it would be a shame not to share. 

One of my biggest needs for a great board game is the time factor. I lose interest in a game if it drags out for longer than 15 minutes, and if we can play 2-3 rounds of a game in a 15 minute timeframe, even better.

This game definitely fits the that number one goal. When we were at Derek's parent's house for Christmas, Jay fell in love with Sequence Jr, and then he saw an ad for this game, Pegs in the Park, which is from the same makers. Aunt Tosh took note, and when this game showed up a few weeks ago he was so excited.

The premiss is that there is an ice cream truck in the middle of a park and you have to use you peg pieces to get to the ice cream truck before the other players. To move your peg, you flip a card and you either get a positive or a negative number. If you get a positive, you move forward that amount, and negative you move backwards. It's a perfect game for kids who are starting to learn math skills and are working on addition and subtraction. The box specifically says good for kids ages 3-6, and I agree, that's the perfect group for this game. 

Another bonus to this game is that the rules are simple enough that when Jay has friends come over, they can play this together without too many squabbles. There are only about three rules to the entire game, so if Jay is trying to teach it, a new rule doesn't pop up half way through that causes a fight and ends a kindergarten friendship... which is basically the best thing when you're not having to walk other people's kids off the board game cliff when they come over to play. (I'm obviously speaking from way too much experience with Enchanted Forest.) 

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