Soggy Doggy Game At Home
The Objective: Make it around the game board without getting wet
How to Play: Each player picks a game token: a bar of soap, rubber duck, paw print or dog pone.
Players take turns rolling the die and move their token around the board. Based on the color you roll (pink, yellow, blue, or red) you move your token to the first unoccupied space matching that color. There is also paw print on the die means you can move your playing piece to the space in front of the player who is in the lead. Then, you follow the action shown on the space. The action will be either a paw print or a dog bone.
The paw print means you push down on the paw print handle of the shower for the number of times shown (which soaks the dog). The dog bone means you turn the bone handle of the shower the number of times shown. Turning the handle is what will randomly cause the dog to start shaking getting you wet. If the dog starts shaking, you have to turn the handle again to stop the shaking and move your token back to Start, picking up a disk with the matching symbol of your piece. If on another of your turns the dog shakes again you can give back the piece in order to stay where you are.
There is also a Paw Print Symbol on the die which means you can move your playing piece to the space in front of the player who is in the lead. (You still have to perform the action on that space)
Do you get soaked? : No. You have to be really close to even feel the water which can be a little frustrating to kids who think they are going to get wet. Water will still get on the surface of whatever the game is sitting on though so be conscious of that. I put extra water on the dog to so that when he shook the kids would feel it.
Ages: The box says 4 & Up. It’s a super easy game to play and can help teach little ones their colors and counting (it is just 1-2).
Make it educational: When it’s your turn to roll the die, you have to spell a word or make a full sentence with a word. For the words, I use a list of sight words. It is an easy way to get my daughter to practice spelling words and for both kids to practice making whole sentences.
Other Great Resources
Mom Loves Best has a great resources on the importance of playtime and development in kids.