Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Finding Balance With Asperger's: Cooperative Learning Games by Peaceable Kingdom


Recently, I did a review of Feed the Woozle by Peaceable Kingdom Games which offers cooperative games that have kids working together to achieve a common goal instead of against one another. We liked Feed the Woozle so much that we agreed to try out two more Peaceable Kingdom Games when they kindly offered again.

As I had said in my previous review, cooperative learning games are amazing games for kids on the spectrum because they really eliminate the feeling of “losing”, which often makes ASD kids have a meltdown. Quinn is just such a kid who hates to lose. I mean really hates it. As much as I try to teach him that playing games is supposed to be fun and it’s not about winning, there is something inside him that just disagrees vehemently with me. He’s really enjoyed Feed the Woozle and hasn’t had any meltdowns with that one, and both the new games, Willy’s Wiggly Web and Snug As a Bug In a Rug, haven’t caused one either.


Willy’s Wiggly Web is a game where you set up a stretchy paper spider web across the “treetops” and then place Willy the spider and some other friendlier bugs in the web. Players take turns using safety scissors to try to cut the bugs free without letting Willy fall out too. We have never seen a game like this before, and it is really fun! Quinn loved strategically cutting the web to free the bugs, but was always very careful to leave Willy securely in the web. This game is unique, entertaining, and quick because game play usually only lasts about 15 minutes. The game comes with 50 paper webs, but the company will happily send out more for free when you run out.

Snug As a Bug In a Rug is a clever, fast, and simple game that even little kids can understand. To play, you spin the spinner and remove a bug from the top of the board based on either number, color, or shape and slide it underneath. If you can’t find any bugs that fit your assigned attributes, you have to put on a “stink bug”. If all 3 stink bugs find their way onto the board before the last bug is under the rug, then the stink bugs win the game. Quinn likes this game the best out of all of them because of how simple yet fun it is. He frequently gets this one out and plays by himself or with his brother.


Each of these Peaceable Kingdom Games retails for $19.99 on their website, www.peaceablekingdom.com.


Thank you to Peaceable Kingdom for providing complimentary product samples for us to base this review upon.