Wonderworld Eco Town Game – teaching turn taking and colour recognition

A review by www.over40andamumtoone.com

Wonderworld is a Thai company that has a history of using rubberwood in their production, they also have a policy of replanting a tree for every tree they use.  At least 70% of their packaging is made from recycled paper – so this game really puts their beliefs into practice.

Eco Town Game, Wonderworld, The Toadstool

http://www.over40andamumtoone.com Eco Town Game

The Eco Town game is a board game suitable for children aged 3 years and over, so perfect for Monkey who will be 4 in a few months time.  The game consists of 4 19x19cm thick cardboard game boards ….

….. which can be played with separately, or joined together in a number of ways.  I loved this idea – it makes each game different.  We’ve played with 2 players having one board each, 2 players have 2 boards each and joined in a square like I’ve shown above, and when Daddy P and Monkey played today they had 4 boards in a row and the road could still run through the each board.

Each board has 6 different coloured circles as shown below ….

Eco Town Game, Wonderworld, The Toadstool

The object of the game is to be the first player to complete their Eco Town by rolling a coloured dice and placing the correct coloured Eco play piece on the correct circle.

Eco Town Game, Wonderworld, The Toadstool

The official rules state that if you roll the dice and it lands on a colour that you’ve already claimed, then you must give the play piece from your board to your opponent, and if they have that piece already, then your piece is surrendered.  We haven’t played the game in this way yet, if we roll a colour we already have then we’ve just missed a go.  So again, different ways to play the game.

Monkey understood how to play this game quickly and has really enjoyed building his Eco Town, sometimes we’ve just worked together to build all of the Eco Town’s – so real teamwork rather than competitive play.  Lots of different play options which I think is great.

Eco Town game, Wonderworld, The Toadstool

There are also lots of discussion opportunities with this game – what does each play piece represent?  What do they each mean for the environment?  How can we help to look after the environment?  Monkey has already come across most of the items in the game with his Wonderworld Eco House.  He loves Wind Turbines as there a large wind farms near to Granny’s house in Spain, and a few houses in our road have Solar Panels on their roofs.

I can see Monkey using this game as part of his imaginary play – linking it up with his Eco House, his train set and playmat.  We’ve all been really impressed with the games play potential and you can see how much Monkey enjoyed it in our Vlog here.

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