One of the main challenges of playing board games with preschoolers is their massive amount of energy. Combining all that energy with a sit still board game can be a challenge. To counter this, we play a lot active board games with preschoolers to get them up and moving. This is especially important for toddlers and preschoolers in our experience. Feed the Woozle is one of our favorite such games. Keep reading to learn why!
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Feed the Woozle Review
In the Feed the Woozle, players work cooperatively to, you guessed it, feed the woozle (a friendly, monsteresque thing). Per Peaceable Kingdom, feeding the woozle is active and fun while allowing kids to be aware of their own bodies. We found Feed the Woozle to have a great combination of silly/learning to keep preschoolers coming back for more.
- Manufacturer: Peaceable Kingdom
- Manufacturer Age Recommendation: 3-6
- Number of Players: 2-5
- Game Length: 15 mins
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How to Play
Players take turn rolling a die with the numbers one through three. They then load that number of food tiles on the spoon and try to successfully deliver the food into the woozle’s mouth. If the food falls off the spoon prior to getting fed to the woozle it is removed from the game. If players can successfully feed 12 food items to the woozle they win together!
There are two aspects of Feed the Woozle’s gameplay that we really enjoy. The first is the game duration. Feed the Woozle takes 10-15 minutes to play which is ideal for a preschool board game in our experience. It’s long enough for kids to get into game mode, but not so long that they lose interest before the end of the game.
The other neat thing about the gameplay is the built in ways to progressively increase the difficulty. For new players, the basic game is perfect to work on coordination and learn the game mechanics. The second level of gameplay adds a spinner which requires players to do things like march or hop while delivering food to the woozle. This adds a challenge to players coordination and keeps the game interesting as kids get older. The final level adds a blindfold and requires players to communicate and guide each other. This is another fun way to increase the difficulty and improve replayability.
For a game that I originally expected to be just ‘silly’ fun, there is quite a bit of learning opportunities packed into Feed the Woozle. As players balance the food on a spoon and deliver it to the woozle, kids will practice coordination, fine motor skills, and balance. Kids will also learn counting one to twelve and number recognition of one through three. The most complicated level of play (adding a blindfold) is a great way for kids to work on communication skills and learning how to get their message across.
I would deem construction quality as average/above average. The spoon and die very high quality, hard plastic that will last a very long time, the other pieces are made from decently sturdy cardboard (not the really cheap flimsy stuff). Our copy has held up to quite a bit of play and is still in decent shape.
What We’d Change
There isn’t a whole lot I’d want to change about Feed the Woozle, it’s a straight forward game, without many layers or strategy, but that’s ok. Feed the Woozle is designed to be light and fun for preschool gamers, and it fits that bill perfectly. One thing that would have been a neat addition is more variety to the spinner. This could have improved replayability and added more opportunities to challenge kids’ coordination and muscle control. That’s more of an improvement idea then a complaint about the game as it is currently designed.
Feed the Woozle is a fun game for Preschoolers and perfect for kids who prefer to be bouncing around rather than sitting still for a turn based game. The multiple different levels of play are great for replayability and to keep the game interesting. This isn’t a game your kids will want to play when their older, but for the ages of three through sixish they will have a great time and get a lot enjoyment feeding the woozle!
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