Mermaid Island Cooperative Learning Game

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Mermaid Island, a new game that has just been launched by Peaceable Kingdom Press, is a brightly colored game geared for ages 5+ years old. The great thing about this game? There is NO reading required so any age can play! The other great thing is- it’s a cooperative learning game!


What exactly is a cooperative learning game?

A cooperative game is a game where ALL players play TOGETHER to meet a common goal, or in this case- win the game! Instead of the traditional games where you play indiviually to win, everyone has to play together to win- you either ALL win or you ALL lose!


The object of the game is to get all 3 of the mermaids to Mermaid Island before the Sea Witch gets there! And as all the other cooperative games, no single player ‘owns’ a mermaid. Since everyone is working together as a team anyone may move any mermaid. As you can see on the dial above there is a picture of the sea witch, a 1 and a 2. If the player lands on a 1 or a 2 he/she may move a mermaid that many spaces ahead. But if they land on the sea witch they must move the sea witch forward once place.
If a mermaid lands on a wand token the child can use it to move the sea witch back one place. If the sea witch lands on a mermaid, however, that mermaid must go back to the beginning and start all over again. The group must work as a team together to bring all 3 mermaids home.



As with all of the cooperative learning games that I received from Peaceable Kingdom Press, this game was placed in an elementary classroom (3rd grade) at my husband’s school. Below are a few thoughts from the teacher who received this game.


“At first the students were fighting over who was going to go first and who would get to move which pieces. They didn’t understand the point at all. Then I heard my higher level students explain to my lower level students ‘Wait guys! You don’t get it at all! We have to work together as a TEAM to get all of the mermaids home. It doesn’t matter who goes first!’ Ever since that the students started cooperating and working together to win the game.”
As an added plus- this game, as well as Peaceable Kingdom Press’s other Cooperative Learning Games are all printed with FSC papers and soy-based inks. It’s 100% green!
I think it’s incredible how something so simple as the right type of game can make such a difference in students working together and cooperating. You can read my other cooperative learning game reviews here: Count Your Chickens, Hoot Owl Hoot, Stone Soup.
You can learn more about Mermaid Island at Peaceable Kingdom Press or order your own on Amazon .
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are mine & the teachers involved. I received a game in order to form my own opinions for this review.

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