Our house is full of very imaginative and inventive little girls. Some of our favorite things to play with are dolls, dress-up and books (Riley LOVES playing “teacher”). There aren’t very many battery operated toys in our house either. Last holiday season we got Lily and Riley each a game that we could play as a family for one of their Hanukkah gifts. When Kelli approached me with the opportunity to review a Waldorf game I jumped at the chance. I will be very honest and say that I had never even heard of Waldorf until Squishy’s Back to School post. I googled and read and fell in love. I really wish that when Riley started school I had been aware of this option because it would have been my choice (luckily for me in AZ it is a free program). Hinde sight is 20/20, I suppose. Although she doesn’t go to a Waldorf school there are still ways we can integrate the learning philosophy into our home. A great start to that is Dreaming Tree Farm’s Wooden Acorn Memory Game.
The toy arrived with a very simple but impression package. The Bean Pots come in a large drawstring bag and the acorn tops come in a smaller bag inside . There is a pretty tag made of craft-type paper attached. She also sent along some of her business cards and each card had a different and beautiful image. From the moment I opened the package I was impressed and thought it would make a great gift and would need no further wrapping.
Now to the actual game… It is GORGEOUS! The wooden cups are a light wood that is stained a walnut color with a hand-rubbed ink. The acorn bottoms are hand painted with Non-Toxic Milk paint in rich earth tones of Barn Red, Burnt Orange, Marigold Yellow, Olive Green, Soldier Blue, and Eggplant Purple. Each piece will take up the stain and paint in its own unique way, highlighting the beauty of the natural wood grain. Acorns are paired in the following earth toned colors: Barn Red, Burnt Orange, Marigold Yellow, Olive Green, Soldier Blue, and Eggplant Purple. Although the paint colors are pretty light (the picture has been a little enhanced) they are still very easily identifiable. Milk paint is environmentally safe and non-toxic. Free of petrochemicals, VOC’s, HAP’s, Lead, Mercury, Plastics, Synthetic preservatives, and Latex. Local beeswax and organic jojoba oil have been meticulously applied to provide a beautiful and safe protective finish for each game set. It is not only safe but sturdy. I feel like that this game will be able to last with my sometimes rough children. The game itself is not recommend for children under the age of three because the pieces could be a choking hazard. In my opinion though this game could absolutely be played with a child younger with adult supervision.
The game did not come with any instructions so we were really able to make up and adjust our own rules. We played as a normal matching game. I am sure as time goes by and Lily becomes a bit older this game will absolutely evolve into some magical mystery game that only my little inventors could dream up.
The first few games Lily really did not understand the concept of matching the colors. She tried hard and had a blast though. As did Riley!
Overall, I think the game is very high quality, safe and a ton of fun! I highly recommend it if you are wanting to get your children something that not only teaches them colors, matching and how to play a game but something that will last for a very long time.
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