The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game Review

 

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game by Educational Insights is our family’s newest obsession! Not only did we fall in love with it because it is absolutely adorable and a fun game, but I loved that using it is helping my son’s fine motor skills as well! It is geared for ages 3 and up and is for 2-4 players. It comes in a tree-shaped box with four “wooden” tree stumps, a spinner, a bag of acorns, instructions, and a squirrel tweezer!

 

 

The concept is simple- whoever can fill their tree stump with acorns first wins! But you have to follow the directions on your spinner! If you land on a 1 or a 2 you can choose 1 or 2 acorns to add to your log! Make sure you pick the right colors! My son loved the “Sneaky Squirrel” feature. If you spin and land on the sneaky squirrel, you can choose an acorn from any other player’s log to steal! A Sad Squirrel means you lose your turn, and OH NO! A Squirrel Storm means that ALL of your acorns are blown away in a storm, and you lose everything!!

 

My son has asked for this game almost every single day since we received it. He even makes his friends and his babysitter play with him! Even the 5th grader that played with us loved it! This game is really a lot of fun for both kids and adults! It helps children to work with different instructions, taking turns, color matching, strategy, and fine motor skills.
As soon as we had played this game, my husband (an elementary teacher) immediately said that he wished we could buy this game for my son’s social instructor, as well as other kindergarten teachers that we know. This would be a super fun and educational game to add to any classroom or game closet. The creator of this game, Riley Wilkinson, had an obsession with squirrels, which I think has helped create this fantastic children’s game!
Ever since my son started watching Curious George he also has been obsessed with “jumpy squirrels” so I knew he would love it! When I first saw the game online I immediately fell in love with it. It was just so colorful and a cute concept. I am thrilled with the need to squeeze the squirrel like tweezers in order to pick up acorns. My son has a fine motor developmental delay, and when we first started using the squirrel my son had a very difficult time being able to use it. BUT his love for the game and interest in making the squirrel pick up acorns kept him trying and now he can use it pretty well!

 

A few things to mention about the pieces. The tree stumps are actually cardboard- but are very sturdy. They will not be easy to ruin. The holes that the acorns sit in, however, make the acorns fit very snug. My son keeps trying to push his acorns through the holes and it doesn’t work! Another thing that I love in addition to the sturdiness of the logs is that the acorns are made of rubber. These acorns will be near impossible to destroy and will certainly be around for a very long time (as long as we don’t lose them!!). But my son is very particular about making sure all of the acorns get back in the tree so I’m not concerned about losing them!
Our whole family loves this game! I am so happy to have this in our household, and highly recommend it to anyone who has younger children or students. This has got to be one of my favorite games for young children and is certainly worth purchasing! There is no reading involved, so children of all levels can participate in this game.

 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I received a game to play in order to form my own opinions. All opinions are 100% mine. 

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  1. Hi! This game looks soooo cute. My family lives in a log cabin in the woods so this type of game is right up our alley. Right now, my little girl is only 6 months old so I would have to put the game away for her but I know when she's big enough, she would love it!

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  2. If I won this game I would use it with my preschool students, but I am also sure that my own kids would want to try it out as well. (They are 6 and 9 and always want to try out my preschool things for me.)

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  3. Super cute!! If I won this game, I would play it my niece and my grandchildren.

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  7. I currently have two Kindergarten classrooms-in two different schools-that I have spent almost all year (and what seems like my entire salary!) trying to furnish with games/centers/activities that have a distinct academic purpose while incorporating other pieces of the curriculum (and LIFE!) in a fun, meaningful way. This game seems to do just that… it squashes the importance of fine motor skills (and something that sets children apart at a young age) with not only the academic piece, but the EVER IMPORTANT (ever burden-ous, yes I just made that word up!) concept of taking turns. I know many children who really could have benefit from a game like this throughout this school year! Even if I won one game to use in the classroom, I would probably still buy a 2nd copy so that both sets of students could benefit from it! Not to mention, there's a teacher at my school that is deathly afraid of squirrels! I can only imagine her HORROR-stricken face when she saw this game!!!

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  12. I would play this with the kids I babysit. We sit in my yard all the time and watch the squirrels. I love when they run around and around the tree trunks. This game is cute and educational.
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  13. I think this would be a fun game to play with my 4yr old grandson.
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  14. This game sounds like loads of fun. My granddaughter would love it. Her brother loves to play board & card games with me and some of them are too difficult for her, so this would add to the few we have that she can play. I like the idea too of the squirrel tweezers for fine motor development. Thanks for the opportunity to win the game.

  15. I visited EI and I love their BLURT game. I plan to order it for my grandson for Christmas this year. I've been wanting it for awhile now. Again, thanks for the opportunity to win.
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  16. I think the game looks like fun that my little ones can join in on. My younger children would be playing this with me. That would be my youngest daughter when she turns 3 and also my 4 year old son and my just turned 7 year old son.
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  17. My summer preschool class would love to play this game especially on a rainy day.

  18. It looks and sounds like a lot of fun. I especially like that all of my little ones can play it because not all of them can read.
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  20. Like the fine motor and color matching.
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  24. I would play this with my 4 year old and her cousins (age 4 and 6) Can't wait!

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  26. I visited EI's site and I had never heard of them. I'm kind of wishing that I would have heard of them BEFORE I did all my classroom ordering! 🙁 (Good to know for next year though!) What I really like best is that all the learning is done in game form. Whenever we can "trick" them into doing work…it's a good thing!

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  38. I love to play games with my children and really love the educational aspect of this one! I would play with my four kids, ages 1 -12 and with my special needs preschool students. Thanks for sharing!

  39. I would get this game for my kids ..I like that my son could work on his fine motor skills and turn taking 🙂
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  43. If I won this I'd play it with my 5 year old. She loves to play games and most of them make me want to scratch my eyes out… this one actually looks fun. 🙂

  44. It looks like a lot of fun.. my kids would love it.
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