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SOS Whitewater

SOS Whitewater

Fall 2011 Games
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: HABA
Price: $21.00

Don't rock the boat! Well, maybe just a little. SOS Whitewater is a fun-filled game of balance, strategy and coordination. A group of animal friends are ready to take a wild boat ride, but their jostling for a place on the raft wreaks havoc. Help the animal friends all fit on the raft so that they can start their journey. Players take turns carefully balancing their wooden animal counters on a wobbly foam raft. The goal is to get as many counters on the raft as possible without knocking others off. Although the concept is simple, the game itself can actually be quite challenging, not to mention fun. Children practice fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and motor planning during the game, which has an underlying message of turn-taking and good manners. The game pieces are of a good quality: the animal tokens are durable cardboard, the animal counters are wooden and the wobbling raft is sturdy foam. It even comes with an adorable canvas bag for storage and travel. Thus, the game will easily hold up through the many times that children are going to want to play it.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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