Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Our Recent Peaceable Kingdom Game Night Was a Hit With Everyone, Young and Old! (Review) #cooperativegames #tryazon

Disclosure: I was set samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

As part of our homeschooling, I incorporate a lot of board games into our schooling.  Both of my girls are hands on learning and I love being able to break up the school with games, that are not only fun but educational, too.  This past weekend, I had the opportunity to host a dozen of their homeschool friends and parents for our weekly family game night.  Because we were expecting a large group, I was able to secure a room at a nearby library for everyone to meet up and enjoy and snacks.  

After everyone arrived for our Peaceable Kingdom game night, I started by introducing families to the Peacable Kindgom game line.  I was surprised that a handful of families had never heard of this amazing brand, and that another few really didn't play board games together as a family.  But, it was nice to see that they were giving it a chance, and those who are not usually board game players were hooked by the end of the night. :-)

Are you familiar with Peaceable Kingdom games?  I have shared reviews in the past on their board games and even shared social posts about their fun smelly stickers and STEM Toys in the past.  But, if you are not familiar with Peaceable Kingdom, here is some background on this amazing brand, brought to you by Mindware...

"Kindness is essential to success in life. Cooperative games blend playful fun with a chance to learn compassion and practice kindness toward others.

Common goals teach kids to work together. Cooperative games enable players to win or lose as a team, which builds resilience and strengthens friendships.

Nothing is more important than meaningful connections. Cooperative games are an engaging way to turn off the screens and join together for face-to-face play.

When play comes from the heart and feeds the soul, that’s Peaceable Kingdom.

Here at Peaceable Kingdom, we believe in a few important things:

  • We believe in slowing down and putting our screens aside so we can play with our kids, in spending time with friends and in connecting with family.
  • We believe that doing this for even a little bit every day nourishes our spirit. 
  • We believe that kids shine when kindness, courage, and connection are part of their DNA, when they reach out to someone who is sad, or can get up after a tumble, or give you an unexpected hug. 
  • We believe that honesty really is the best policy, no matter what. 
  • We believe in cooperation in all its forms, with each other as employees, with the inventors, artists, manufacturers, and retailers who make up our larger family, and with our planet. 
  • We believe that when play comes from the heart and feeds the soul, a more peaceable kingdom really is possible."


As part of my Peaceable Kingdom Tryazon Party, I was sent the following cooperative games for review and featuring:

  • Available exclusively at Target
  • Read the book - Follow along with Max the hedgehog as he experiences the sunny and stormy parts of his day.
  • Play the Game - Scenes from Max’s day make up a colorful matching game that’s simple to play. Using your memory skills, find sunny and stormy matches from the book before the moon comes up and Max’s day is over.
  • Start a Family Tradition - Three tokens — a sun, cloud, and rainbow — are the only tools you need to begin talking about the sunny and stormy parts of your day as a family. Sunny and Stormy Day! was created as a way for families to build a daily habit of sharing from the heart. You can do it at bedtime or anytime that works for your family, such as dinnertime or when you’re on your way home from school. Find your special time of day when you each can share something that happened to you and how that made you feel. 

Hoot Owl Hoot Cooperative Game

  • Learning Skills: Color matching, Simple strategy, Following directions, Social development Cooperation
  • Description: Players help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up. Play a color card and fly to that space. Draw a sun card, and you’re one step closer to the daylight. Help all the owls get home before the sun rises and everyone wins! 

  • The basic game is easy enough for first time game players and the game can be made infinitely more challenging simply by adding more owl tokens into the game. This allows the game to age with the child or for older kids (or adults!) to play with younger kids. 

Race To The Treasure Cooperative Game

  • Learning Skills: Strategy Math grid concepts, Shared decision making, 
  • Cooperation
  • Description: Players try to beat the ogre to the treasure by creating a path from START to END. Along the way they need to collect three keys to open the treasure. 

  • Players strategize, cooperate, and build the path together. If they do it before the ogre gets there, they all win! Kids love working together to defeat the ogre. Building onto a path encourages kids to think two steps ahead and to look at all possibilities. Game play changes each game depending on where the keys are placed.
  • Watch video HERE

These are just a few of the many cooperative games available from Peaceable Kingdom. Head on over to the the Peaceable kingdom website and see all the amazing award winning games available today.

I have been a fan of Peaceable Kingdom cooperative games for some time, as my oldest daughter, Savannah struggles with games that crown someone a winner at the end.  She hates when she is losing and usually wants to throw in the towel and walk away.  Game nights are supposed to be fun and a great way for family to bond and enjoy time together, without any electronic devices or distractions.  But, when you have a child or children who get discouraged when they are losing in a game, it is never fun.  Because of this, I searched high and low for games like the ones that Peaceable Kingdom offers, that would only be fun for the whole family to play, but that would encourage teamwork.  

Savannah was so excited when she saw the three Peaceable Kingdom games we sent to play at our game night with her friends from co-op as she had planned to ask Santa for them for Christmas.  She said she saw them online and thought they looked like a lot of fun. And, she was right...they were a hit with everyone!

Not only do these game have players working together against the game instead of each other, they also help kids build confidence, teach kids to share and encourage inclusion.  Like I said in the beginning, there were a few families who weren't into playing games together, so their kids wanted to just observe at first.  But, when they saw the kids really getting it the games and having fun, they couldn't resist joining in the fun.  

I loved seeing all the kids and parents having a fun time at our Peaceable Kingdom game night, and everyone left smiling and happy they came out to spend a couple hours playing games.  I can't wait to host another game night for our co-op families. And, I know many kids will be getting some of these and other Peaceable Kingdom cooperative games as their parents have already reached out to me since the party to ask for suggestions as they know we have many Peaceable Kingdom games, and plan to add some games to their holiday shopping lists, so that they can start doing family game nights at home. 

So, with the holidays fast approaching and kids starting to get their wish lists together and parents and grandparents working on holiday shopping lists, why not make a point to check out the different Peaceable Kingdom games available.  Yes, toy are fun, but games will be played with time and again, and really come in handy for rainy days or snow days, to help keeps kids entertained and having fun.  Head on over to Peaceable Kingdom today to learn all about their fun, educational games, kits and more.

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Want to add Peaceable Games to your family's board game collection?  Then head on over to to check out all the awesome Peaceable Kingdom game line.  And, if you are interested in the Sunny & Stormy Day game, you can find this at Target.    Happy gaming! :-)

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