Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, also referred to as Dr. Toy, has proclaimed that cooperative game play has extensive benefits for not only children, but adults as well. This international toy expert, in conjunction with game publishers like Peaceable Kingdom and Family Pastimes, goes on further to assert that cooperative play is in high demand because of those benefits.
"[Cooperative games] have a lot of merit for classroom and family use," said Stevanne Auerbach PhD, who reviews toys & games at www.drtoy.com and has spoken about the importance of cooperative play. “Kids can cut out the one-upmanship and learn to develop strategies and friendly connections. Many parents want their children to have the experience of playing games without feeling as if they have to win."
Peaceable Kingdom, a popular game maker, started its line of cooperative games in 2011, after connecting and working with Jim Deacove of Family Pastimes. Ever since, the company’s cooperative games have continued to increase in popularity and recognition through the reception that they have received from professionals and families alike. They have also won prominent industry awards.
"[Peaceable Kingdom’s] games are in my therapy bag all the time," said Sherry Artemenko, a Connecticut speech pathologist who reviews games for her PAL Award at www.playonwords.com. "Kids learn to help each other and work as a team developing social language as they offer solutions, negotiate and make decisions. Many skills are embedded in their games from math to language and motor development."
Peaceable Kingdom’s first cooperative game for older kids and families, What’s It?, received four industry awards in 2013, including being named one of Dr. Toy’s “10 Best Games ” and winning a PAL (Play Advanced Language) award. What’s It? was developed by Rosie Roberson and Joyce Johnson, and the game’s success makes it clear that families are looking for a more cooperative approach to game night. “It’s an honor that our cooperative games have been recognized,” says Peaceable Kingdom’s President Donna Jaffe. “We are thrilled that families and kids love playing our games and are having fun together.”
Peaceable Kingdom has already released three new cooperative games in 2014. The games are available in specialty retailers in the U.S. and Canada. These games are something parents may want to invest in as they are motivational as well as fun to play. This may just be the best money that you will spend this year!
To see all of Peaceable Kingdom’s award-winning cooperative games, visit www.peaceablekingdom.com.