We are a board game family. I literally purchased my coffee table based on it’s ability to comfortably fit a board game with at least five players on it. Family game night is not just a weekly thing here – board games are really the perfect activity with a houseful of kids – everyone is getting equal amount of attention, there’s very little opportunity for anyone to make a mess, we all get to have fun doing something we enjoy and it doesn’t involve anyone getting hurt (usually). Picking out a game is where it gets a little dicey, because the boys are 3, 5 and 8 – so that’s a big age gap to cover. We need to play something easy enough that my three year old can grasp the basic concept of, but it also needs to be entertaining to an eight year old and not mind numbing for us either. We’ve been fortunate to gather a nice collection of games that work for us, but I am always on the hunt, so when I was flipping through the latest eeBoo catalog I couldn’t believe that I had never seen their selection of games before! The eeBoo Green Market Spinner Game review has been so high on my list for the holidays because it’s been so much fun for our family. I chose this particular game because we personally love farmer’s markets and I felt we could all make a connection to it. It also creates a great teaching opportunity for food groups, healthy eating, balanced meals and food sourcing.
So, on to the review! The object of the Green Market Spinner Game is to collect all of the necessary items in your truck for the farmers market. The game comes with four game boards and one spinner. Each game board has seven spaces for items – a farmer, a vegetable, dairy, egg, baked good, flowers and fruit. In order to fill up your truck you need a farmer, so the first objective is to land the spinner on the farmer space. In the beginning players just keep going around until they land on a farmer, then they choose the farmer of their choice and place it into their game board.
Once you’ve got a farmer you can begin loading up your truck. As your spinner lands on different categories you can choose an item from that group to add to your board. If you spin an item you already have you wait until your next turn. The winner is the person who completely fills their truck with one item from each category first.
Things that we love about it:
- The object of the game is very simple to explain to even very young children.
- The game is still fun for older kids because it’s exciting to watch as everyone fills their trucks and wonder who will be the first to finish.
- The illustrations (by Monika Forsberg) are lovely – simple and colorful, they remind me of some of our favorite children’s books.
- The game board and pieces are sturdy and store away quickly – of course, there are no tiny pieces or dice to lose, and that’s great also.
- The game doesn’t take long from start to finish, which means it can be played quickly on weeknights when the boys have to be in bed earlier, or we can fit multiple games into a single night – the boys love that because it gives them each multiple chances to win a game!
- The game is made of 90% recycled gray board with vegetable based ink and eeBoo is a company I have come to trust when it comes to purchasing products that are safely and sustainably made.
As we play the boys are learning to identify food groups and often “race” to choose their favorite fruit or vegetable (each category has four different choices). We talk about the importance of farmers, and about how our food is grown and my younger boys learn to sort items by groups. The Green Market Spinner Game has become a regular in our board game rotation and because it can be played with as few as two players I also use it a lot during the day when only my youngest is home with me. This would be a great game for a child just starting out with board games as well, because the game reinforces turn taking with simple to follow and understand rules.
If you’re just starting out with family board games here’s a few of our favorite tips:
- Choose an area that’s comfortable, where everyone can reach the board. If you’re playing with kids a coffee table or even the floor may work best.
- Bringing snacks to the table will sometimes make the wait in between turns easier for younger kids. We like things that don’t make too many crumbs, like popcorn or bite sized pretzels.
- Bend the rules – if the game is frustrating for younger kids, change some rules to make it more fun. As they learn the games and get used to waiting their turns slowly add the rules back in.
Overall the eeBoo Green Market Spinner game was a hit and now has it’s place in our regular board game rotation. If you love the illustrations in this game be sure to check out our eeBoo story card and crafts review as well!
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