When we were asked our opinion on eco-friendly board games, we were expecting something made of paper. Something a bit grey and boring.
So, with very little expectation, we were thrilled when we opened the box of Gathering a Garden. Genuinely, it is beautifully designed, wonderfully manufactured, and actually a 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. It’s pretty straight forward so ideal for all the family.
The aim of the game is to travel around the garden/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 beautifully illustrated and bright. It certainly engages the children with it’s design and concept. 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.
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 new favourite.
Let’s play it again. I want to make a different garden now! I want the apple tree! It’s a very good game and there are no weeds in the garden. There are lots of weeds in my garden. I’ll go first this time.
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. Plus I won!
So as you can see, this game was quite a hit.