I have to say, I am loving Peaceable Kingdom’s crop of cooperative games that have come out recently! For years, Jacob and I have played against each other in games. Sometimes, though, I thought it would be nice to work together as a team against a common opponent rather than against each other. Games like Willy’s Wiggly Web and others in the Peaceable Kingdom line offer just that.
Playing Willy’s Wiggly Web
Willy’s Wiggly Web is so easy to play, you really don’t even need to read the directions beyond the initial setup. Just pop the posts into the base, stretch the included paper web (it comes with a huge stack of them) across the posts, pop the bugs into the web, and put Willy somewhere.
When it comes time to play the game, you have a few different options. Willy’s Wiggly Web is designed for preschoolers and up, so choose the option that works best for your child’s age. We decided to make it a little harder, since Jake is 7. We put the bugs a bit closer to Willy, more towards the center of the web, with just a few on the outer sides.
The included cards provide instruction on where to cut, but we made our own rules. Basically, we took turns making one tiny snip with the included scissors, with every few turns being a bigger snip.
The goal of the game is to work as a team to free all the bugs from the web before Willy falls out. If you decide to play with the cards, they’ll tell you which way to pass the scissors and how many cuts you can make. Since there was just the two of us, we opted for a free-play game.
Jacob liked the game so much, we ended up playing three times in a row. I love how the game can be different every time. We tried making it more challenging by moving Willy to harder spots on the web, and we actually came very close to losing a game!
Willy’s Wiggly Web comes with 50 webs. One of the things I really love is that you can order more for free when you run out. You can also experiment with making your own webs if you want to switch things up a bit. The game is a 2012 Oppenheim Gold Award and 2012 Gold NAPPA Award winner. It would make a wonderful holiday gift for any young child on your list!