When we were asked our opinion on eco-friendly board games, we were expecting something made of paper… something a bit grey and a bit dull and a bit boring and a bit, well, shite. I mean, seriously, what is an eco-friendly board game. I’ll be honest I have never heard of such a thing.
Despite our initial confusion, we were thrilled when we opened the box of the board game, Gathering a Garden. Genuinely, it is absolutely beautifully designed, wonderfully manufactured, and actually a really great game for all the family! The game is for 2-4 players age 5 and up. However, my two older sons played on a team with a 2-year-old and the other with a 3-year-old, and they equally enjoyed it just as much as us. It’s super cute.
The game aim is to travel around the board collecting elements of your garden; a flower, a herb, a tree, a vegetable and a bird, the first player to collect all of these then needs to make it home first.
The game is made from 75% recycled materials and printed with soy-based inks while containing no harmful plastics. The company that creates the game is www.eeboo.com, based in America; we are currently speaking with them to see what other eco-friendly games they produce and for a list of stockists here in the UK so that we can add this info to the article. Watch this space…
As you can see, the game is lovely and bright and really engages with children. Both the big ones and the little ones enjoyed this, and I can see it becoming a part of our Sunday afternoon game before the family roast when the baby gets a bit older.
Let’s hear from the kids:
“Gathering a Garden was a good game, and I would play it again because it is like I am doing my own vegetable patch. It was fun watching my brother lose one of his crops and then have to travel around the board to get it again.
I like the design of the game as well. It doesn’t look like a regular game, and the characters seem friendly. I want to get other games like this one.”
“Can I take this game home with me? It is my favourite.”
“Let’s play it again. I want to make a different garden now! I want the apple tree!”
“This is a good game. There are no weeds in this game like in my garden.”
“I won. Of course this is a good game because I had pretty flowers and I WON!!!!”
“I think I am a little bit old for this game as it is really for younger children, but I do not mind playing it with my younger cousins as I secretly kind of enjoyed it.”
So as you can see, this game was quite a hit.