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.