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The Ladybug Game: Preschool Board Game Review

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The Ladybug Game: Instructions for Playing This Great Game for Preschoolers

The Ladybug Game: Instructions for Playing This Great Game for Preschoolers

The Ladybug Game: The Perfect Game for Preschoolers

Easy to learn, fast-paced, and fun to play—toddlers and preschoolers want to play this game over and over. The Zobmondo game "The Ladybug Game" was designed by a first grader and has since been published and sold in stores all over the U.S. This game became an instant family favorite as soon as we began playing it last Christmas.

With its cute, colorful characters, story-like game board, and fast-paced gameplay, The Ladybug Game has quickly risen to join and possibly even outrank familiar early-childhood favorites such as Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Cootie, and Trouble. The LadybugGame offers just a little something more than these other board games for children in the preschool-and-up age group.

This is a game that both a parent and a child can appreciate, and at a very affordable price, it is at the top of my birthday party gift-giving list. It is suitable for boys and girls and because of its clever design, lost cards and game tokens do not affect its overall playability.

How to Play the Ladybug Game

  • To play, each player moves their Ladybug token across the board from Start to Finish.
  • Along the way, players collect round aphid tokens and a Praying Mantis Pass, which both slow down the progress of the game.
  • Players advance across the board by selecting cards that direct players to move forward, collect aphids, or lose a turn.
  • If you lose your instructions, you can find a copy here.

Who Can Play?

This game offers just enough variety to elevate it above the endless loop of climbing and sliding in Chutes and Ladders, and is simple enough that a 3 or 4-year old child can play with minimal direction from parents.

The game is easy to learn and the direction cards have a graphic quality so children do not need to be readers to play this game and practice some elementary math counting out aphids.

This is also a game that younger and older elementary-aged siblings can play together.

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How Long Does the Game Last?

That uncomplicated, fun, and easy-to-manage appeal is what I appreciate about this board game designed for shorter preschool-aged attention spans. It is empowering for young children to be able to play a board game that is not too long and not too short, so that they can taste the sweetness of victory in 15 minutes or less or even play two or three games with friends, giving more chances for more children to play (and win). But all of the skills used in this game can help youngsters develop skills they need to move on to other favorite childhood board game classics.


Pair With These Items for Ladybug-Themed Gift-Giving

If you are considering giving the Ladybug Game as a gift or want to do a ladybug theme, you might want to pair it with these ladybug-themed items.

  • The Grouchy Ladybug is a bestselling children's book by author Eric Carle, who also wrote and illustrated the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, and a host of other imaginative children's stories. The Grouchy Ladybug is a cute story with a lot going on, and either the paperback or the sturdier large children's board book would make an excellent companion gift.
  • Ladybug Girl and Ladybug Girl at the Beach are from a newer children's book series about an intrepid young hero who loves nature and dress-up. The cute heroine of this series and her pet dog will steal your heart.
Ladybug Girl by David Soman is a recent bestselling children's book that pairs well with the Ladybug Game for gift giving.

Ladybug Girl by David Soman is a recent bestselling children's book that pairs well with the Ladybug Game for gift giving.


Keeley Shea from Norwich, CT on June 16, 2011:

Definitely a fun game for little ones! Thanks!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on June 09, 2011:

I think it is fantastic and so cute.

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