This set is a little more challenging than the Three Little Piggies I reviewed a few days ago. Consequently, you’ll note a slight shift in the suggested age range for Red Riding Hood. It’s recommended for ages 4-7, althugh my 8-year-old Abigail loves it, too.
Abby’s still recuperating from a recent rollerblade accident. She’s been in a splint/cast since December 28. (She broke her arm trying to “break in” the new skates she got for Christmas.) 🙁
Fortunately, this single-player thinking game can be worked single-handedly, too. Her arm may atrophy a bit while the bone is healing, but her brain will get a good workout!
None of the challenges have completely stumped her (yet). But some of them have taken multiple attempts before she gets it right. The point of the game is to lay a trail that will lead both Red Riding Hood and the wolf (when he’s on the board) directly to Grandma’s house.
You’ve got to make sure the trail bypasses any trees on the board. And it must end at a door to Grammy’s house (not a window).
Like the other fairytale games in this series, Little Red Riding Hood features brightly-colored, chunky pieces. They are delightful to look at and easy to handle.
The set also includes a wordless book, so kids can retell the classic story using as much or as little detail as they wish. This makes a great language building activity!
In an age where so much of children’s education and entertainment is taking place on a screen (something studies have shown actually DAMAGES children’s brains), I am grateful for hands-on games and puzzles like Little Red Riding Hood that keep my kids happily occupied and mentally engaged without the use of a digital babysitter.
If you have a little one who could benefit from some screen-free learning and play time, I’d highly recommend Little Red Riding Hood. You can order yours through Timberdoodle as a stand-alone product or as part of their Kindergarten Complete Curriculum Kit.