If you want to teach your children about herbs, edible and medicinal plants, and have a boatload of fun along the way, we’ve discovered something fun and educational that you and your family will enjoy.
Learning about edible and medicinal plants is not taught in schools. But, not to worry; Wildcraft is here!
Wildcraft! teaches you and your kids 25 important edible and medicinal plants and their uses. It also teaches how vital team work is— you’ll have to rely on each other’s knowledge of herbs and plants to make it to the Huckleberry Patch and then safely back to Grandma’s house.
As you travel along the gameboard, you’ll pass through multiple ecosystems on the way up the mountain. Herbs are located along the path, where they would naturally grow in real-life. Adults and children alike will learn about herbs and plants, where they’re grown, and how to use them, including several uses for first aid and emergencies.
Wildcraft! will help to develop a player’s connection to nature and the outdoors. The game also brings families together while they learn something of utmost importance: herbalism and wildcrafting (harvesting of wild herbs). After a few games, your kids may find themselves identifying Burdock, Chamomile, White Willow and more. Not only identifying them, but knowing their medicinal and therapeutic uses.
The game board measures 20” x 20”, and allows up to four players. Included are four player pieces, 52 plant cards, 52 trouble cards, 25 cooperative cards, and a spinner. No reading is required to play Wildcraft!, but there is a storybook that can be downloaded to enlighten you just a bit more and enhance the game’s story.
And here’s the best part: Wildcraft! is made in the United States, and they only use eco-friendly materials. And, Mothering Magazine named it one of the ‘Top Natural Toys’ in 2008.
The game is for children ages 4 and up— a fantastic and foundational introduction to herbs, their purpose, and what herbs and plants are safe to eat.
Wildcraft! is a cooperative board game with a classic feel, very similar to “Chutes and Ladders.” Its vibrant colors are sure to delight any child.
This is our Editor’s Pick for herbal board games.
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