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Cooperative pre-school game wins award

Cooperative game award winner
Cooperative game award winner

Cooperative games continue to make a splash with Sunny Day Pond’s win of a 2014 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold. This new “100% green” puzzle game from Peaceable Kingdom ( was designed by Joyce Johnson and Colleen McCarthy-Evans and is ideal for kids ages 3 and up. The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio is “the independent guide to children’s media,” with products testers by children and families and evaluated by a noted industry expert in child development, children's literature, and education.

“Our testers loved (and were tickled) that the game play involves working on puzzles together. We loved that the game promotes both color concepts and visual discrimination,” says Stephanie Oppenheim of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. “And as always, Peaceable Kingdom has a unique way of making cooperative play both fun and engaging.”

Sunny Day Pond encourages players to work as a team to build the three animal puzzles before the rain comes. Players take turns spinning the spinner and adding puzzle pieces. Finish the puzzles before all of the rain drops are on the board and everyone wins! Sunny Day Pond encourages kids to work together to build their puzzles. This way, kids work together, learn together and they help each other. A cooperative game eliminates stress, builds self-esteem, and teaches kids that playing together can be fun! Sunny Day Pond is the eighth game in Peaceable Kingdom’s “100% green” line, and is made from recycled paper, soy-based inks and corn-based plastics.

“Sunny Day Pond brings together my love for puzzles, games and cooperative play,” says designer Joyce Johnson. “We are honored to receive this prestigious Oppenheim Gold Award! And also so pleased to hear some early reviews that families are loving this game, especially the croaking, quacking and making fish-faces,” notes designer Colleen McCarthy-Evans.

“We are thrilled that Sunny Day Pond was honored with an Oppenheim,” says Peaceable Kingdom’s President Donna Jaffe. “The fact that cooperative games are celebrated by industry experts and families alike is so exciting.”

About Peaceable Kingdom:

Since 1983, Peaceable Kingdom has created fresh, fun products that educate, stimulate and inspire. The company began with a single product, and has grown to be an industry leader in stickers, greeting cards and cooperative games. Connect to the kids in your life with Peaceable Kingdom. The company’s mission is to “make good, do good, be good!”

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