I had the very first edition of this game, but over the years and times it was played, I needed to buy a new version. I teach English to young children and this game gives great opportunity to do so. The cry of "oh no! Scarecrow" or "meow" when the cats appear to scare away our birds makes it lively. I use this game for counting and for practicing, "I've got 1 bird/2 birds"etc or "He/She's got a cat/5 birds". There are no real losers, even getting a cat can be fun. (you can play the game without the cats.) Any number of players and even those on the periphery can join in anytime. An easy to learn and fun to play game, in class, camping, rainy day.
This game is easy to grasp and fun without being too competitive. There are two basic aspects to the game: 1) constructing the six-piece scarecrow from the pile of cards and 2) accumulating as many bird cards as possible before losing them on finding a cat card. The winner is the person with the most birds once the scarecrow is complete. The child may need help to count depending on his numerical ability. Our 5-year-old grandson enjoys playing it whether he wins or loses! It is, after all, a game of chance and not of skill.
We bought this for our now five year old about a year ago. Initially it was a little challenging for him and therefore not much fun. So we put it away for a while. We then dug it out again a couple of mpnths ago and it's been brilliant. He loves playing it and his counting into the 50s and 60s has come on dramatically. he's now fast and accurate. When we reintroduced it we took out many of the higher value cards (ie 5 or 6 birds)to make it simpler, then gradually worked up to using the full pack. A really good game.
I recently bought this for my child and although I wasn't quite sure how good it would be from the product description it's been great to play and has quickly become one of my child's favourite games. It can get quite raucous with people shouting 'oh no, a cat!' and 'ooh, the scarecrow' and gets more exciting the faster you can play. It really helps with counting - 'how many birds do you have now?' - and also with losing and dealing with that. My child doesn't mind handing all his birds back when he finds a cat as he finds it funny. Definitely worth a purchase.
We had the old version of this at my mums from when I was a child & my boys loved it but the cards were very creased and they could guess which ones were which! This nice new version with durable tiles is a lot better and they can still enjoy the same game but without cheating and arguing over the rogue cards!! They are 7 & 4 and it's a good fun game that makes them think also.
This game was eagerly anticipated, but I was a little disappointed at first. It is growing on us now, but my daughter (3.5yrs) lost interest quite easily when we started playing it. Now we know the rules, I can deal the cards out a little quicker, before she loses interest. She loves seeing the scarecrow coming together and enjoys it a lot more now. Having the cat cards adds an interesting dimension and can make the game last a little longer.
Scaredy Cat I brought this game for a child who has special needs ,and he really enjoyed playing it with another child,it also helps with the counting the birds, turn taking & interact with other children. Evening the Adults like playing as well.The other children in school ask when I am bringing this game in, they love playing with it very much.I would recommend this game for any age group include the adults , it is fun to play.
My 4 yr old and I played this at a friends house and had to buy it immediately. I also have a 6yr old and the three of us have played it several times every day ever since it arrived. We also ordered it for a friend's birthday present at the weekend. Both my boys love counting and adding and this game can encourage them with that so everyone's a winner! This is a really fun game, well made and durable, and educational.
I really like this game, it's one of the best Orchard Toys ones in my opinion. You have to collect birds, but if you turn over a cat you lose the ones you have collected. My 3 year old is a bit less keen because she gets upset if she turns over a cat and loses her birds. But we have played a few times without the cats and it still works to see who gets the most birds