Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Honey Bee Tree

  Honey Bee Tree has won awards for best game, and I agree that it's cute and that the kids like it. But it takes too long to set up, and the young children who most like to play it are the same ones who need a parent to set it up.
  The base looks like a tree with a beehive on top. Plastic leaves are inserted through holes, creating a net inside. Small plastic bees (a choking hazard, so bee careful) are put on top of this net of leaf-sticks. Players take turns removing the leaves, hoping a bee doesn't fall through the trunk and into their collection bin at the base of the tree.
  The game can be used to teach young children to take turns. "My turn. Your turn." But they probably won't understand the rules, and will think it's good to get the bees to fall. I'd say don't worry about that, and just have fun. Do watch out that they don't quickly remove the leaves that just took five minutes to insert.
  For ages 3 and older, 2-4 players. Cost: About $12.

Our rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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