Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

The holiday gift I most wanted was Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game. It is a beautiful and educational board game for players of all ages, which teaches players about using wild plants (i.e. many weeds) to help in first aid situations in the woods. It encourages cooperation and group learning. I found some of their herb choices interesting, as I had not heard of the uses for these plants that the game listed.

The object of the game is to climb to the top of the mountain, pick several pailfuls of huckleberries, and return to gramma's before dark. There are trouble spots where you encounter accidents such as wasp stings, or uncomfortable human symptoms, such as hunger. Players can pull cooperation cards to help others in need. Each player acquires plant cards, which can be used to match the appropriate plant to the situation. It is really fun! The plant cards and the board are beautiful, and it comes with a chart listing the medicinal plants and their applications.

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