Giveaway: Hoot Owl Hoot! Cooperative Board Game $15 ARV {7.23; US} CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed. Please stay tuned for the announcement of the winner. Thank you all for entering.

This is a joint giveaway with Code Name: Mama and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked “Win it!” for the mandatory main entry and optional bonus entries.

One of the focuses of Code Name: Mama is compassionate advocacy, so I thought it was quite fitting when Peaceable Kingdom contacted me to review one of their new cooperative board games.

Peaceable Kingdom’s mission is to “make good, do good, and be good.” Part of their “making/doing/being good” philosophy means that they donate frequently to charitable organizations that support the well-being of children, work only with socially-conscious manufacturers, use sustainable and eco-friendly materials like FSC and recycled papers, soy-based inks, and corn-based plastics whenever they can, and create fresh, fun, award-winning products that educate, inspire, and tickle funny bones. Sounds like Peaceable Kingdom believes in compassionate advocacy, too!

As part of their commitment to fun, fresh educational products, Peaceable Kingdom has a line of cooperative games. In a cooperative game, the object is to play together, not against each other. Playing cooperatively eliminates stress, builds self-esteem, and teaches kids that playing together can be fun!

One of their award winning games is Hoot Owl Hoot!, a beautiful game designed for 2-4 players ages 4 and up. From the website:

The object of the game is to move all the owls from start to the nest before the sun rises. Players take turns, but work together. Because Hoot Owl Hoot! is a cooperative game players play any of the owls – no one player has a single owl she is trying to get back to the nest.

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Why We Love Hoot Owl Hoot!

Hoot Owl Hoot! may be designed for ages four and up, but it is easy enough that my three year old picked up the basic rules and goal almost immediately. There are only three cards per player to keep track of, and each player keeps them turned face up – so no “secrecy” to worry about.

The rules are simple and clear: each player takes turns playing one card. If they have a sun card, they must move the sun piece over one space. If they have three color cards, they choose one color to play and move an owl to a corresponding colored circle.

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Playing Hoot Owl Hoot! emphasizes several different skills:

  • Basic Game-Playing: As with many games, children learn to take turns, follow directions, and move around a game board according to the game rules. Hoot Owl Hoot! beats many kids’ games out there in my book, because it teaches these fundamental skills without emphasizing being “good” or “naughty,” a child’s sweet tooth, or winning/losing.
  • Color Matching/Recognition: Because players move the owls around the board using color cards, children learn to recognize several colors (blue, purple, pink, yellow, green, orange) and match the color on the card to corresponding circles on the board.
  • Teamwork/Cooperative Play: Playing cooperative games takes the emphasis off of “winning,” and helps players focus on sharing, playing together, and having fun. This is particularly important to us as our preschooler has recently learned that “winning” is everything and “losing” can bring on tears and a case of the grumps.
  • Strategy: Because players can see each other’s cards, they can work together to strategize the best/fastest way to move the owls around the board.

Really, there’s not much we don’t love about Hoot Owl Hoot! It is a beautiful game with bright, vivid colors, it takes just the right amount of time to play (I’d say no longer than 15-25 minutes, depending on how squirrely the preschooler feels), and we all leave feeling good.

Ok – my one bad parent admission: when we first started playing Hoot Owl Hoot!, Tom and I placed way too much emphasis on “strategy,” when Kieran clearly was/is not developmentally ready to learn that particular skill. When I realized our error, I started gently reminding us to “let Kieran make mistakes” and move the owls to whatever color card his heart so desired. Kieran quickly picked up that rallying cry, and to this day he sometimes says, “mama, just let me make a mistake!”

BUY IT!

You can find Hoot Owl! Hoot and many more cooperative games on the Peaceable Kingdom website. You can also buy Hoot Owl Hoot! from Amazon for $14.99. Peaceable Kingdom’s other cooperative games are Count Your Chickens!, Stone Soup, Lost Puppies, and Mermaid Island.

WIN IT!

For your own chance to win a copy of the Hoot Owl Hoot! board game, enter in the comments below! Contest is open to the U.S. only. (Our apologies international readers!)

REQUIRED ENTRY: Visit Peaceable Kingdom and tell us one thing you learned about the company.

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  • Contest open to United States and Canada street mailing addresses only.
  • Contestants may enter at either CodeNameMama.com or NaturalParentsNetwork.com, but not both. Entries will be combined for the drawing of a single winner.
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  • We will pick the winner through Random.org after the contest closes and send an email notification. Leave a valid email address as you comment so we can contact you if you win. If we can’t reach a winner or don’t hear back within a couple days, we’ll draw a new name.
  • Any questions, let me know: CodeNameMama {at} gmail {dot} com

Contest closes July 23, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Disclosure: Our reviewer received the Hoot Owl Hoot! board game for this review/giveaway. For our giveaways, we try to seek out only products we think you would find relevant and useful to your life as a natural parent. If we don’t like a product, we won’t be recommending it to you.

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Dionna, the reviewer of Hoot Owl Hoot!, blogs about natural parenting at Code Name: Mama and is also the cofounder of Natural Parents Network and NursingFreedom.org.

74 Responses to Giveaway: Hoot Owl Hoot! Cooperative Board Game $15 ARV {7.23; US} CLOSED

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    I learned that they make products that encourage and uplift, not focus on negatives vs. positives, just positives.

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  8. Angela G

    Learned that the company has donated 1,000 games to the Kids In Need Foundation’s 23 resource centers

  9. Angela G

    My dd loves ballerinas so I’m sure she’d love the Ballerinas In-a-Box!

  10. Jennifer T.

    I learned that Peaceable Kingdom is committed to enhancing the welfare of children, especially with regards to literacy, the arts, and children’s health.
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  11. Jennifer T.

    I’d like to have the Animal Alphabet Match Up Game for my daughter who loves matching games.
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  16. jenn

    I learned that Cooperative games emphasize play, not competition. Kids learn to work and play together in respectful and compassionate ways. They learn to share, make decisions together, and trust one another. Cooperative games encourage inclusion and build confidence.

    Thanks!
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    I liked Natural Parents Network on FB!

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  19. Roguewino

    Peaceable Kingdom was started in 1983. They use only sustainable materials. They also use real artists for their designs and feature them on the website. They are committed to creating good relationships with everyone involved in the making of their products.

    I am so glad I got to learn about this company! Even if i don’t win, I will definitely buy something from them!

    I love the diaries! Especially the owl one!!

  20. Missy

    They have a birthday club.