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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.) 

A New Toy For Christmas: Moose Toys Oonies

Thank you Moose Toys for sponsoring this post. Get crafty with your kiddo and make “ooniements” with Oonies by Moose Toys this holiday season!

I try and be really intentional about the toys that I bring into our home. Things I think about are: Is it something Jay and Em will both enjoy? Is it something that is going to break and create clutter? Is it something that will cause fights? Is it something that will ignite creativity? What therapeutic benefits will this provide for Em? 

Needless to say, when purchasing toys for our home, it can sometimes be quite the deliberation process. A new toy we recently came across was Oonies by Moose Toys. (Obviously anyone who knows about my moose obsession can guess that the brand was a deciding factor as well...) Oonies are essentially small rubber balloons that go inside a plastic pump. The pump fills the Oonies with air, and they get to be about two inches big. Your kids can then create towers, trains, or whatever they can imagine, by sticking the Oonies together once they're blown up. They even come with fun things like rubber feet, wings, eyes, etc... so that you can make animals and other creatures. Oonies are the coolest way to create, without making a mess!

Em has really loved playing with these for a fun sensory play activity. She has been able to play and identify the pieces as "stretchy", and likes to name the colors, and count the amount of inflated Oonies that she has.

For family home evening this week we made little "Ooniements" for the Christmas tree, and the kids thought that it was the greatest thing ever. Em made a little bird that she was super enamored with. She pretended to make it fly for a solid 10 minutes and kept calling it a, "baby bird!" Jay made a snowman, and had a blast filling up the Oonies with the pump. He's at the perfect age (5), where he was able to watch me fill a couple, and then he was able to take over from there. 

Oonies really are such a fun toy. I love that my kids are close enough in age that they can find joy in playing with the same toys together. Anything that gets my kids using their brains and creating things in a fun and unique way is always a win in my book, and Oonies checks off each of those requirements for our family.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.