My kindergartener has enjoyed this game since the Spring!
It's a cooperative game, where all players try together to race the clock (well, the sunset) and get back with their "huckleberry baskets" to Grandma's house in time.
The "wildcraft" element comes from the players using various plant cards they draw throughout the game to "heal" themselves and fellow players of ailments (that they also draw throughout the game). This is what she likes best about it!
It's my favorite aspect, too, because I can say, as we drive through town together, "Oh look at those cattails in the ditch--remember that helps "hungriness" in our game!" Or, "How is our Elder plant doing in its pot right now? Can you think of the things we used Elder for in the Wildcraft game?"
"Homesteading is the daily practice through which we can celebrate the everyday miracles of the natural world and learn to overcome challenges and develop resilience." --Teri Page
My kids love it, too! My husband has dubbed it "Planty Land" . We usually only play to the top of the mountain, and don't use the moon pieces--it makes it a bit simpler and faster.
It's a good game for younger kids, too. My daughter has been playing it since she was 3, I think. I really wish that the Wildcraft books weren't so expensive. I don't really want all their magazines and coloring pages (because you have to print them out at home, and I don't have a color printer)--I just want the books. But, sadly the books are only sold in a set with all the other stuff .
This game has been in my wishlist for a while now and I was eyeing the books at Christmas time but, wow they are expensive. I don't like to buy expensive kids books unless I've read them first and know my kids will read them to death.
I've been trying with making my own game with printing out photos of all the wild plants in our neighborhood. I tried to talk my teenager into taking the photos (she's into photography) but she didn't bite.
Jenny Wright wrote:This game has been in my wishlist for a while now and I was eyeing the books at Christmas time but, wow they are expensive. I don't like to buy expensive kids books unless I've read them first and know my kids will read them to death.
I think the Herb Fairies book used to (and might still) give out a free ebook copy of the first book to those that sign up for their email list? I don't care for ebooks, and the art kind of drove me nuts (not that I could do better, but I sure do appreciate beautiful illustrations, and theirs just don't float my artistic boat). My kids liked the story, but not at that price. It looks like Amazon has the individual stories for sale, but they're $10 a book. That's a bit steep for me!
I do think the value of the board game is totally worth it. I just wish I had material to go along with it that showed the plants and all they do and how to use them. It's one thing to know that stinging nettle helps with insect bites...it's another thing entirely to know how to use it for that purpose! And, I never seem to remember to do the research AFTER the game!