Saturday, February 16, 2013

Crafting and Playing Board Games : Wildcraft and Buzz

Another day spent sugarin’ which is cooking down the maple sap for syrup. Granddaughter Lily came to lend a hand today. In between stoking the fire, and transferring sap from one pan to another, we crafted and played board games!


I found this board game at an antique store one time. It is a vintage game from 1955. I found one on ebay when I researched it.

The object of the game is to fill your beehive with honey before your opponent does!




Then Lily crafted this mood indicator to hang on her door!


We were out of the little paper fasteners so will make the spinner tomorrow. Here is the link we found this project idea at.


Then we played Wildcraft! The game where you learn which wild plants help heal and soothe our common problems like sore muscles, bee stings, being scared, etc..




The players are going up the hill to gather some huckleberries for Grandma. They have to be home before dark, or she will have to come find them. Along the way, the kids land on different spots. Harvest spaces you get to take a card from the plant pile. X spaces where they encounter trouble! You can read more details at the link I put in the word Wildcraft above.

This game is never tiring as each trouble card has lots of different plants that might be helpful, so each time it is played, the child has an opportunity to learn about using different plants for different troubles and also that many plants are useful for many different things!

When Lily and I were playing, she took time to go to our apothecary cabinets and find things like chamomile, and our st. john’s wort oil, as those plant cards were drawn,  so very, very interactive! It’s a cooperative game too, which encourage cooperation between the players. I highly recommend it!

The child learns about 25 medicinal and edible plants. There are 52 trouble cards. Even a child that doesn’t read yet can play. They can just match up the little icon on the plant card, to one of the icons on the trouble card!


The graphics are so gorgeous and just the thing to help your little beginning wildcrafter learn about the beginnings of plant identification also.

Well off to tend the fire and do more transferring of sap between pans!

Herbal and Honey Hugs to all who visit Comfrey Cottages xx


wildcraft diva said...

Would have loved this when my kids were small.

Rita M said...

1955, it's older than me :) That's a fabulous board game sis. And very educational for the kids, I suppose they like it.
Big hugs XXXX

Anke said...

I wish I would have known about games like that when my girls were younger. Sounds like you girls had a fun time together. :-)

Comfrey Cottages said...

Well Ladies, you know you will all probably be Grandmothers someday in the not too distant future! lol! I collected games and books for my future grandchildren, before my children were even married! I was that excited about being a Grandma someday xx big hugs!

GardenOfDaisies said...

I remember the honey game. But have never seen the wildcraft herb game before. My little niece would love that, as she is particularly interested in plants that heal.

Comfrey Cottages said...

Follow the link, Daisy, and you can see how to order it for your niece! big hugs, and thanks for visiting xx

PDK Board Games said...

Looks like everyone had a blast on that gaming and sugarin' day! :) Board games for kids like Buzz and Wildcraft are vintage games worth keeping.