|Play Time:||15 Minutes|
|Our Recommended Age:||3+ (with help)|
|Awards:||2016 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award|
|Skills:||Strategy Shared-decision making Cooperatio|
|Contents:||Game Board 4 Jewel tokens 13 Snowflake tokens 44 Snowstorm cards 57 Fairy Garden cards|
The Fairy Game is another adorable cooperative game by Peaceable Kingdom. The goal is to help the fairies protect their beloved garden. To do that you have to work together to gather all the magic gems before Mr. Winter can freeze all the flowers.
I’ve mentioned the benefit of cooperative games before but I’ll mention again. Everyone has to work together as a team which helps them learn to listen to everyone. It also means they can focus on just the fun part of playing a game and not just beating another player.
The Fairy Game is recommended for ages 5+ but I’d say since it is cooperative that kids as young as 3 could play. As with any game though be mindful of small parts and that all the parts are chewable for kids who still put things in their mouth. Kids up to about 8 or 9 will still enjoy trying to stop Mr. Winter but the game is fun enough for older kids when they play with the younger ones…adults will even like it.
Peaceable Kingdom uses 100% Green materials. All the paper and boards in this game and every one of their games is made with FSC papers and printed with soy based ink. They like cooperating with Earth…their words.
The materials for all their games are pretty good quality. I’d be careful with the cards though as they can tear just like any other card. The artwork is adorable though and fits very well with the theme of the game. Even Mr. Winter looks cute but of course the fairies are the cutest. Now let’s learn how to play.
Work together to collect all four jewels for the wand before Mr. Winter can cover a flower with snowflakes.
Put the game board where all players can reach it and put each Jewel in the middle of the flower with the same color. Make sure the snowflake tokens are on the side of the board. Shuffle the Fairy cards (which include Mr. Winter cards) and put them face down on the side of the board and then shuffle the Snowstorm cards (the ones that look like a Snowflake) and put them near that pile.
The youngest player goes first.
On your turn you will draw a card from the Fairy Garden pile. What you do next depends on what you draw though. If you draw a Mr. Winter card you have to turn over a Snowstorm card and put a Snowflake token on the Flower that matches the color of Snowflake you flipped over.Put both cards in the discard piles and then it is the next players turn. No special actions can happen when Mr. Winter card is drawn.
However, if you draw a Wand, Unicorn or Fairy card different things will happen. Cards are played face up in front of each player and since everyone is working together this makes sense. So when you draw a card, and it is a Fairy you can either perform a special action or keep it in your hand.
In order to collect a Jewel, which you need to put one of each on the Wand, you will need 3 Fairies of a color to get its Jewel. This is the special action you can perform on your turn if you have 3 Fairies of one color. A Wand lets you remove a Snowflake token from any Flower.
The catch is that one player has to have a Fairy card in their hand that matches that color of Flower you want to remove the snowflake from. ANY one player so it doesn’t have to be the person whose turn it is. A Unicorn lets you give any card, but just one, to any other player.
A Rainbow Fairy card is a wild card and can be used as any other color Fairy card. The only other rule is you cannot have more than 5 cards. After you have drawn a card, chosen to use a Special Action or not discard any cards over 5 and then it is the next player’s turn.
The game ends when either all 4 Jewels are on the Wand, which means you win! Woo hoo! Go Team! Or Mr. Winter freezes just ONE Flower…which means you lose. Either way everyone wins or loses together as a team.
I love how simple this game is to learn and how easy it is for kids to teach other kids. This is great for when friends come over and the kids want to play a game. Not only do they play well with no arguing but they can setup, play and clean up without my help.
The Fairy Game is a fantastic game for kids or Family Game Nights. Kids can work on colors, matching, team building and listening skills all while having fun trying to stop Mr. Winter. An adorable game that even adults won’t mind playing over and over with their kids.
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