Colors, shapes, and points--oh my! Take a stroll through Digger's
garden and match a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes to
earn big points. It's a game the entire family can play (ages 4
Digger's Garden Match Game includes 25 tiles, 1 starter tile,
6 doggie bones, 1 scoreboard, and rules for playing. All contents
can be stored neatly in the original, durable box. Pieces seem
to be of good quality and are definitely attractive and colorful.
To begin, each player chooses a doggie bone and places it on Digger's
doghouse. Players start out with 2 tiles each, and the rest--except
for the starter tile--are placed face down on the table. The game
revolves around matching and connecting the shapes and colors on
the tiles, and the goal is to earn the most points. A new tile
is drawn after each match.
The tiles are hexagon-shaped, and each one is divided into 6 triangles.
Each triangle is a different color and has a certain number of
shapes. Players can choose to match colors, shapes, or both. Matching
multiple tiles can be somewhat challenging at first for younger
children. My 5-year-old daughter had trouble in the beginning but
is now catching on. When I say challenging, I mean it in a good
way, though, because she really has to use her thinking skills!
Multiple matching provides enough of a challenge, too, to lure
my older boys--ages 8 and 11--into playing a game with their sister.
Game time is fairly short, which is a perk for me. On average
the game will take about 15 minutes. It's over after all tiles
have been used or when someone reaches 50 points. It may take more
time if a young child is trying with all their might to match multiple
tiles on every turn. (I know from experience!) Another perk is
the fact that this game can be a 1-player game. On several occasions
my daughter has pulled it out to play alone.
Simply Fun's website is very informative. I love that it provides
a video of a mom and her two children playing this game while a
narrator explains the rules from start to finish. After watching
the video, you will see how easy and fun this game is. I recommend
it specifically for children ages 4-6, although every family member
can participate. I agree with the company's name--Digger's Garden
is "simply fun" and truly is "learning . . . disguised as play!"