“Mama! Can we play Wildcraft? Will you play with us?”
I can’t tell you how many times I hear this from my kids. Seriously!
Forget Candy Land. Forget Shutes and Ladders. Forget Checkers. My kids prefer this game over other popular kid’s games.
Taking A Chance On The Unknown
When I first heard of the Wildcraft game from Learning Herbs, I just passed over it for something else.
I thought that my kids were too small for it, I wasn’t sure how much I’d learn about herbs from a simple board game, and I wasn’t even sure if the game was all that good. I mean, people have careers as game designers. How on earth could someone without this kind of background actually create and design a game that worked well, kept kids attention, and actually taught them something in a fun way?
I’ll tell you… I simply wasn’t convinced the game was worth the money.
Some time later, Learning Herbs decided to offer the game for 50% off along with some other great freebies. I thought it was a really good deal for all the stuff I’d be getting, my kids were older, I was tired of all the meaningless games out there for kids, and there were some really great testimonials about the game from past customers. So, I decided to go for it… to take a chance on it.
And you know what? I’m SO glad I did!
A Fun Herbal Board Game
The first time I opened the game up, I was seriously impressed! It was an actual board game like the ones you’d buy in a store. It was printed on a sturdy board, the cards were stiff and glossy, the game pieces didn’t feel cheap, and the colors popped out at you. I’m not sure what I was expecting… a homemade game printed on cheap materials? I don’t know, but I can say that this game was the real deal. It looked impressive.
When I sat down to play the game with my kids, we played it with the board only and didn’t include the optional story that goes along with the game. Things went well, we got a feel for the game, and I’m pretty sure we all enjoyed it.
However… I felt that we were missing something. The accompanying story.
You see, the game revolves around a story of kids visiting their grandma during the summer. Grandma has taught the kids about local herbs each summer during their visits, but this time is different. This time, the kids go out on their own, without Grandma, up the mountain, in search of huckleberries for one of Grandma’s famous pies. Along the way, they experience many different struggles and setbacks and they have to learn how to deal with those issues using the lessons learned from Grandma over the years.
The next time we played the game, and every time after that, we used the story throughout the game, and it makes such a huge difference. My kids love it, and they never get tired of hearing it over and over.
There’s More To Wildcraft Than Simply Learning Herbs… You Learn About Teamwork And Helping Others Too
Another thing I really like about this game is that it’s all about helping others and sharing what you know.
In this game, there are opportunities for you to share the herbs you’ve collected with other players in order to help them with their ailments along the way. I mean, isn’t that what herbalism is all about. Herbalism is the people’s medicine. It’s simple enough for everyone to know and use, and it’s meant to be shared, practiced, and taught to others. I just love it!
Oh, and this game isn’t about winning.
I know, I know. How do you play a board game without winning? I originally thought that too. I thought this was one of those “no competition” type things where no one was challenged, but that’s simply not true.
Yes, the game isn’t a competition to see who can beat others. To finish the game, everyone must cross the finish line so there are times during the game when one player can pull another player up to where he is in the game. This not only helps you finish the game quicker, but it also teaches kids to think of others. And yes, there are challenges in the game… all throughout the game!
So Was It Worth It?
Absolutely! This game is totally worth the money. In fact, I’d pay full price for it!
Wildcraft’s creator, Kimberly Gallager, did an excellent job with this game. I mean, she had a vision for this game, and she and the team that worked on it made her vision a reality. She’s a mom, and she too knew what her kids needed in order to make learning herbs fun. She’s also got an educational background so she does an excellent job putting the story together to facilitate learning in a fun way.
I totally didn’t give this game the credit it deserved at first (I’m so sorry Kimberly), but now I’m a huge supporter of it! In fact, after I bought this game and played it with my kids, I started looking for other similar games to get them. Fun, educational games that teach them great life lessons. (Another great one we got last year is the game Camp!)
You Can Win “Wildcraft” For Your Kids Too… And Some Other Herbal Goodies
Because I love this game so much… and because I love the community of natural-minded mamas who are committed to raising their kiddos naturally here at Growing Up Herbal (yes, I love you ladies), I decided to purchase a copy of Wildcraft and give it away in a Facebook Flash giveaway just in time for Christmas.
My goal here at Growing Up Herbal isn’t just to inspire and teach mamas to use herbs with their kids. Underneath all of that, I want to
If you’re looking for a game that makes learning herbs fun for your kids… THIS. IS. IT, and this is your chance to get this game for free.
What You’ll Win:
- 1 Wildcraft board game (physical board game)
- Winterize Your Kids! Optimizing Health with Herbs, Diet & Common Sense, with Aviva Romm, M.D. (audio)
- Herbal Remedies for Children During Cold & Flu Season ebook, by Rosalee de la Forêt (e-book)
- One Full Issue of Herbal Roots Zine: Lemon Balm (magazine download)
- Herb Fairies: Book One Activity Pack (activity pack download)
- Mentoring Kids and Nature Connection (audio)
- How to Make Herbal Root Beer with Your Kids by Kimberly Gallager (video)
Feel free to click here to visit the Wildcraft page on Learning Herbs to learn more about the game and the bonuses that come with it.
How To Enter:
This giveaway is now over.
head on over to the Growing Up Herbal Facebook page and enter the giveaway there. You can click here to find the giveaway or you will see it pinned to the top of the page. And don’t worry… entries are easy! I’m not going to make you jump through hoops to win this game. All you have to do is like or leave a comment. Easy peasy, right?
This giveaway will run for 16 hours only… from Wednesday, December 2nd, at 8 am EST to Thursday, December 3rd, at 12 am EST.
Open to US residents only!!
Getting Your Game:
When the giveaway is over, the winner will be notified via Facebook (so check your messages). After I receive the winner’s shipping address, their shipping address will be forwarded to the good folks at Learning Herbs, and they will get your game packed up and shipped to you. When the winner received their game, they can visit the link inside the game to claim their digital freebies that go along with the game.
Best of luck, and I hope you (the winner) enjoy this game with your kiddos as much as I do with mine!