Winter break is finally here, and I'm so excited to have lots of time to relax and play with the kids. One of our favorite family activities is playing board games together. Every holiday season, we love trying out new games. We received the Walk the Dogs board game from Simply Fun to play together.
I was eager to test out a SimplyFun game with my family. SimplyFun is a direct sales company that sells its games through local consultants as well as through the SimplyFun website. When we opened this game, my kids were so excited to see the 63 little dogs that come in the box! I always appreciate a game that packs up well–there's a bag to contain all those dogs, then a nice slot for the cards.
Set-up takes a little bit of time, but the kids are glad to help. You put all 63 dogs into a line facing the same way, twisting around the table. Each player is dealt two cards to start, with the deck put in the center to draw/discard. The cards allow you to collect 1, 2 or 3 dogs from the front or the back of the line. Your goal is to make sets of dogs of the same breed–with more points for more dogs–and there are a few special cards that let you steal from another player, get extra points, etc. As you collect dogs, you line them up in front of you. If anyone gets five of the same dog in a row, they win instantly; otherwise, you tally the points at the end of the game.
My kids are 6, 6 and 8, and this was very easy to learn (the box says ages 8+). With a bunch of games played, they're figuring out the different strategies to try to gain the most points. Adding up the points is a little tricky for my younger two, but it's great math practice. I can see this game lasting us several years since the game plays differently depending on how many players you have (the more players there are, the harder it is to collect multiple dogs of the same breed).
I appreciate that the Walk the Dogs board game plays up to five players; so many games have a max of four players, and then we can't all play at the same time. I knew the dog figurines would be a big hit with my daughters–they've taken them out of the box several times to play with them. They've learned the names of all 9 dog breeds, too.
Disclosure: I received this game from SimplyFun to review.