Recently my lovely neighbors (family of 7) passed on a game that had been one of their favorites when the children were younger. It’s called Harvest Time and it’s made by the Deacove family in Canada. Their company is called Family Pastimes and they specialize in cooperative games. They have been making their lovely games for 40 years but we are just discovering them. And we sure are glad we have!
I was pretty excited to receive the game because I had heard of the company and thought they may be a good fit for Hazelnut Kids. I was also excited to introduce a cooperative game to my children as my son is quite competitive and my daughter avoids any game that has a “winner” and a “loser.” Being the youngest in the family most always means she winds up the “loser.”
When we sat down to play Harvest Time I was struck by how well it had held up to years of play by 5 kids. The next thing I noticed was the nostalgic artwork. I felt like I was playing a game my mom may have played when she were a child. The game board is divided into four vegetable gardens with a traditional homestead scene in the center divided into six sections. The playing tiles are decorated with tomatoes, corn, green peas, and carrots.
As for the game, the objective is quite simple. You must plant your seeds before Autumn and harvest your crops before winter. This is accomplished by rolling a die with colored dots on each side representing each crop. One side of the die represents a change in season and when rolled, a section of the homestead must be replaced with either an autumn or winter tile (depending on whether you are planting or harvesting.) As each player completes his own garden, he may help other players complete theirs. My 7 year old son enjoyed playing it once but wasn’t very interested after. My 4 year old daughter, on the other hand, loves it! She especially likes that we help each other out rather than compete to win.
Ages 3-7 Harvest Time
Ages 5-7 Secret Door
Ages 5-9 Spies and Alibis
Ages 6-12 Farmer’s Market
Ages 7-12 Mountaineering
Ages 7-adult The Birds of Summer
Ages 9-adult Then There Were None
Ages 10-adult Brainy Games
For more information about Family Pastimes, click here. You can read all about their history as a family business and see all the “green” factors that made us love them even more!
And to show our excitement, we would like to give one of their games to a lucky reader. Please take a look at our new Family Pastimes cooperative game selection and comment on this blog telling us which one you would like to win. Make extra comments telling us you “like” us on facebook and “follow” us on Twitter (you have to actually like and follow us!) And please subscribe to our newsletter (homepage, bottom left) for another extra entry (but tell us in a comment.) One comment will be randomly selected on Monday, November 15 and you could win your choice of games!
Tracy Coe, Owner Hazelnut Kids
For a list of cooperative games that require no equipment, click here.
This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Trixx who will be receiving Berries, Bugs & Bullfrogs.
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