Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Fall 2012 Games
Ages: 5 & Up
Price: $29.99

Katatu is a modern version of an ancient Roman game that traveled to Egypt and then throughout the rest of Africa, where it is still played today as a way to teach children strategy and fair game play. This modern permutation comes complete with a sturdy game board, twenty-four adorable playing pieces (twelve grasshoppers and twelve bumblebees), a heavy-duty vinyl carrying pouch and detailed, fully-illustrated instructions. The game, which is similar to tic-tac-toe, involves players placing and moving their bugs around the board in attempts to create rows of three in order to remove their opponents from the board. The game has a variety of options for both simplified and advanced play, which broadens the age and ability ranges of players as well as the length of game play. In addition to the strategy skills emphasized in the game, the fact that a player automatically loses when they are caught cheating, reinforces fair game play and good sportsmanship.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2012 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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