Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game sets the stage with Grandma who needs huckleberries to bake a yummy pie. From there, players embark on an adventure up the mountain to collect huckleberries and the different herbs Grandma uses. The adventure is… will you all harvest the right plants to help with the trouble you run into along the way? Will you make it back to grandma’s before nightfall? You and your kids will go through shortcuts, waterfalls to slide down, logs to cross over, and deer trails to follow, but the only way to win is by helping each other out through each others knowledge of the plants and good fortune to make it to the Huckleberry Patch and safely back to Grandma’s. It’s ok if you don’t make it, Grandma will come and get you.
Wildcraft! teaches players about 25 important edible and medicinal plants and their uses in mostly first aid situations. (Wildcrafting is the harvesting of wild plants)
Wildcraft! is a brilliant board game that connects players with nature. The game takes you through several ecosystems where you would actually find the plants outdoors in nature. The plants themselves are positioned on the board game in the actual ecosystems where they would naturally grow.
One delightful part of Wildcraft! pertains to cooperation, helping one another with their “ailments”… you can’t wait to get the right card so you can give it to another player to put them out of their misery (a bee sting, cut, bruise, headache, etc.)
The game matches herb cards with issue cards. Some of the healing plants along the trail in Wildcraft! are: Nettle, Yellow Dock, Wild Mustard, Huckberry, Dandelion, Comfrey, Cottonwood, Calendula, Echinacea, Chamomile, Field Mint, Wild Rose, St. Johnswort, Horsetail, Yarrow, Herb Robert, Elder, Burdock, Cattail, Coltsfoot, Valerian, Plantain, White Willow, Chickweed, Jewelweed, and Catnip.
You and your kids are learning about the plants, where they grow, and what to use them for… the game does not teach which part of the plant to use or how to prepare it for use, that of course is a whole different learning experience and for that I highly recommend this book Kid’s Herb Book, A: For Children of All Ages by Lesley Tierra, perfect for kids 3 and up! Or, start with volume one of Herb Fairies Book One: Stellaria’s Big Find (Volume 1) by Kimberly Gallagher, M.Ed. the designer of Wildcraft!
I love this board game! If it were available when I was a child, 55 years ago, the only thing I would have done as a kid was play the game, go outside to find the plants, and of course, make trips to the library to get my hands on any herb book available so I could learn more! This game surely would have changed my life in ways I can only imagine.
Wildcraft! includes a 20×20 inch game board, instructions, 4 player pieces, 52 plant cards, 52 trouble cards, 25 cooperative cards, and a spinner. It also comes with a downloadable story to enhance the player’s understanding of wildcrafting herbs!
Wildcraft! is made in the U.S.A. and made with green materials. It was chosen one of the Top Natural Toys of 2008 by Mothering Magazine.
No prior knowledge of plants or herbs is needed. No reading is required for younger players.
Wildcraft! is a wonderful introduction to the world of edible and medicinal herbs for children of ALL ages, 4 to adult, for 1 to 4 players.
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