When our son Rowan was little, we always wanted to play the nature and cooperative games with him. However, he always pulled out Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders.
Then it hit us! Why not make a nature-based educational game featuring all the things kids love about those timeless board games? Also, why not make cooperative play even MORE fun than competitive play? Wildcraft! was born!
Now, everyone can share their passion for plants with their kids and grandkids in a way that brings everyone together.
randma needs huckleberries to bake a pie. You and your cousins embark on an adventure up the mountain to collect berries as well as herbs she uses.
Will you all harvest the right plants to help with the trouble you run into along the way?
Will you make it back before nightfall?
The only way to win is by helping each other out.
Wildcraft! teaches 27 important healing herbs and edible plants. Wildcrafting is the harvesting of wild plants.
The game also teaches teamwork, for you will rely on each other’s knowledge of plants and good fortune to make it to the Huckleberry Patch and safely back to Grandma’s.
Wildcraft! is a beautifully illustrated, nature-based, cooperative game created in the tradition of the classic board games.
What do kids love most in board games?
Remember the slides, shortcuts and ladders in Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders? When you were a kid playing board games, weren’t these your favorite parts?
Well, Wildcraft! has waterfalls to slide down, logs to cross and deer trails to wander down.
We designed Wildcraft! in the tradition of the classic board games.
27 plants are featured on 54 cards.
Plants included: Burdock, Calendula, Chamomile, Chickweed, Comfrey, Cottonwood, Dandelion, Echinacea, Elder, Field Mint, Herb Robert, Huckleberry, Jewelweed, Lemon Balm, Marshmallow, Wild Mustard, Nettle, Oregon Grape, Pine, Plantain, Wild Rose, St. John’s Wort, Valerian, Violet, White Willow, Yarrow, Yellow Dock
There are 52 trouble cards.
The icons on these cards match up with the icons on the plant cards. That’s how you know what plant can help with your trouble card. This way, even little kids can play!
This beautifully illustrated and fun story takes your kids on a journey that teaches them safe and sustainable plant harvesting, hazards, endangered plants, delicate ecosystems, and more. These important herbal and ecological teachings are woven into the game in a way that’s playful.
The Wildcraft! Story is an additional layer of fun that is built into the gameplay. Read this optional story whenever you feel like learning a little more. You get access to this printable PDF immediately after you purchase Wildcraft!
How do you actually use the Wildcraft! plants in real life?
This handy guide explores all 27 plants in the game. Each page has a beautiful botanical illustration that points out key identifying characteristics, as well as a quick reference that shows what each herb is used for. Fun little stories help your kids remember all the details.
This is one of the best herbal field guides for kids, and you get this printable PDF as a bonus with Wildcraft!
This is not just any coloring book. It’s a fun learning tool!
In addition to the 27 coloring pages, this printable coloring book includes full color, botanically correct pictures of each plant. This will help your kids learn the identifying characteristics of all the plants in the game.
When your family is out on a hike, your kids will more easily recognize the plants that can help them.
The game brings you through several ecosystems while you are going up the mountain. Plants on the board are positioned in the ecosystems they would naturally grow in. Therefore, players are learning about plants, where they grow, and what to use them for on several levels.
Wildcraft! fosters a connection to nature. Before you know it, you and your kids will be identifying plants in the park or yard… and you’ll find yourself saying, “Hey! That’s chickweed! I can eat that AND use it to heal a wound.”
Well, this is obvious, but we wanted to mention that the game teaches plant uses on a food and first aid level. Chronic health issues are not addressed. How to properly use the plants, when to pick them, and what parts to use are not addressed in the game.
Wildcraft! keeps it simple and keeps it safe!
Since the game is “icon” driven, once your child has played once or twice, they can play on their own.
No reading is required. Older kids and adults will get A LOT from this game. However, even if your 5-year-old isn’t reading, they are “patterning” on what the plants look like and what you can use them for. You can also make up simpler rules for the wee ones.
And NO prior knowledge of plants is needed.
A portion of the proceeds from this game benefits United Plant Savers.
Their mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.
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We are so absolutely sure you’ll love this game, that if you don’t, within 30 days of your purchase we’ll refund your money and you can keep the game and bonus items.
We are soooo proud of this product. Everyone who has played it, loves it.
Please note: due to COVID-related postal and customs restrictions, we are currently unable to ship to Australia or New Zealand.
I am always on the lookout for cooperative games and this one did not disappoint me. The game itself is gorgeous, and it's also very educational. It allows my children to learn about herbs in a fun manner. I enjoy playing this game because I learn something too.
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