I really wanted to try out one of the Lego Games. While several of the more complicated ones looked like great fun, with a toddler I suspected they wouldn’t get much play. So after carefully looking through the possibilities, we wound up with one called “Wild Wool.”
Sean and I put together the pieces, and Lana wanted to help, which she did fine with direction (she didn’t get to try putting on the smallest pieces, but put on some of the larger ones). Once the characters are together, the smallest pieces don’t need to get removed for game-play, only the regular size Lego bricks get used (which remember, are still quite small compared to Duplos). Collecting the white bricks, or wool, from your sheep is the point of the game.
Mostly Lana just wanted to play with the sheep and the wolf. She got into the game-play a bit though: She loved rolling the die, and she laughed at sending the wolf after Daddy’s sheep and his cries of “Oh no, the wolf is gobbling my wool.” Sheep-swapping also tickled her. Manipulating the smaller bricks was challenging but not impossible for her. She lasted several rounds, but it was just after dinner when we tried this (not a good time, but I really wanted to try it out) so I’m actually surprised she lasted as long as she did.
Eventually, she just wanted to hold the die, knock pieces around, and talk to the wolf. So we packed it up and watched Shaun the Sheep for a bit before bed. I consider it a partial success, and will revisit the idea this weekend. Damn cute pieces, too.
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