The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Card Game is a game by Mary Jo Reutter, published by Educational Insights. It is for 3-6 players, however I’ve also played it with just 2. In this game, players will be trying to collect the most acorn cards by matching colors and slapping their hands on top of the piles of cards. The player with the most cards will be declared the winner.
To begin, separate the regular sized acorn cards into 4 stacks, one for each color. You then set the 4 stacks in a cross pattern within reach of all players. Next, you shuffle the long thin dealer cards and place them face down into the card holder. Play now begins.
The first player will deal the top card of the dealer deck face up so that everyone can see. If the sneaky squirrel with the bandit mask is revealed, the dealer will say, “Sneaky”. If the snacky squirrel that is reaching for a colored acorn is revealed, the dealer will say, “Snacky”. The players then race to be the first to slap their hand on top of the correct colored acorn that matches the snacky squirrel card. Sometimes there will be a double snacky card that shows 2 colored acorns. If a player is first to slap their hand on top of one or both of the cards that match the color, they get that particular card that they were first to cover up with their hand. Players get both cards if they were first to slap both colors. Once a snacky squirrel has been dealt, the next player in turn order becomes the dealer. This continues around the table until all the dealer cards have been dealt. Players then count their acorn cards. The player with the most cards is the winner.
There really isn’t a lot to this game. The regular acorn cards are nice and glossy with very bright colors. The artwork is very cute. The cards themself are very sturdy and after lots of slapping from my group, look none the worse for it. Even playing with sticky hands, I haven’t had to clean any cards yet. If I do, I’m sure they will clean off very easily thanks to the glossy surface. The dealer cards are long and thin but have the same cute artwork, also with bright colors. They are also glossy. The dealer card holder has a great tree pattern on it and is very sturdy. It holds the cards inside it really nicely. I really love the great production value for this game. For a children’s game, it’s one of the best I’ve seen. Even with only a few components, I really love the quality of this game.
9 out of 10
The rulebook isn’t very large and it fits nicely into the small game box. Everything is simple to read and understand. There are lots of pictures showing how to play the game. It also has international rules for French, Spanish and German speaking players. Simply put, the rules get the job done and look nice doing it.
9 out of 10
This is a family favorite at my house. My kids love playing this game, especially my daughter. Who knew that her reflexes were that fast? She usually ends up beating me 95% of the time and it’s not because I let her either. This isn’t a very difficult or long game to play. At 4 years old, my daughter has easily grasped the concept of matching colors. I guess I’m going to have to work on sharpening my reflexes a bit, if I ever play on beating her. This is a very delightfully fun game that we all really enjoy.
9 out of 10
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Card Game is a very light educational game that reinforces color learning and develops matching skills. It also develops strategic thinking through matching. It encourages social skills and turn taking as not everyone can be first to slap a card. It’s really great at keeping your child’s attention. My daughter gets very focused when she’s playing this game. We both really enjoy it. She loves to yell out whatever the dealer card is, even if it isn’t her turn to be dealer. She gets so excited when she beats me to a card. I highly recommend this game. It’s even good for sharpening those adult reflexes. This game is great for parents of young children. This is a great game and one that children of any age will enjoy. Pick up a copy today, just make sure you work on your reflexes before playing it with the kids.
9 out of 10
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