- I bought this game for my son's third birthday because he loves counting and thinks it's hilarious when things fall down and make a crash noise. He loves this game and it is fun to play with this him. He can put the tree together himself (and is proud of that; bonus: hand-eye coordination and spatial skills), though it is tough to take the tree trunk out of the game base.
We've had lots of fun with this game but there are two "problems":
Firstly: there are 4 larger orange monkeys, which are referred to as "gorillas" but gorillas and monkeys are somewhat distant relatives and gorillas do not have tails. Kind of a surprise from the ELC because it's not so educational to teach something incorrect. My husband is a biologist, so the accuracy is important to us, but we still like the game. We call those orange ones "Daddy Monkeys" when we play.
Secondly: the box isn't wide enough. It's not easy to get the game base and other tree parts in after playing. I have to put the oval game base in narrow side down, then the tree next to it, then the canopy, then I can shake the monkeys and little canopy piece in. If I don't do this the box bulges out and there is a gap on the lid side where the monkeys can fall out. This means I have to help put this away and it's not very good for teaching my son to tidy up after playing. If I don't put the pieces back in that order the tree is also too tall and the lid won't close. If only the box were about 1cm wider and 1cm taller.
Published on: 11 August 2014