This game was created for my preschooler who loves the PBS show Zoboomafoo.
When my 3rd grader saw the game he liked it and wanted to play too.
He especially liked the "animal riddle" format. I
decided to add riddles that were hard enough for him.
To make the game board I visited the Zoboomafoo website. They
have coloring pages available and much more to check out while you are
Our game path begins with that lovable lemur himself- Zoboo!
Each of the characters are special spaces and have fun comments written
around them. The comments reflect their "personalities".
If you haven't seen the show I suggest you make them special spaces.
They can say things like:
You keep the Earth clean by not littering. Move ahead two
It's good to recycle! Move ahead one.
You can add a lose-a-turn spaces. You can also send the player
back a few spaces. I don't recommend that for this game.
Many preschoolers are still learning how to take turns and waiting out a
turn may be hard. Adding challenge spaces to a game for an older
child will often make the game more fast-paced and dynamic. The
most important thing is to keep your child's personality in mind and
design the games accordingly.
Players draw a riddle card. If they are able to correctly
answer the riddle they get to roll a die. The number rolled is the
number you may move. A spinner could be used as well.
When I sat down to create the preschool riddles I didn't want them to
be too hard. I also did NOT want them to be babyish. I
wanted this game to introduce or reinforce good terminology as well.
Here is an example:
I am very big and strong.
I have fur.
I am a mammal.
I hibernate every winter.
WHO AM I ?
Creating riddles for my animal-lovin', older child was a
bit more challenging. I had to find a way to really get him
thinking and keep him interested in the game. I consulted his
Zoobook magazines and our book Animals of the World. Here
is an example of what I ended up with for him:
I am a powerful predator.
I am at home on land and in the water.
I am a reptile.
I am a crocodilian.
I am found in Northern India.
WHO AM I ? - a gharial
You may want to use this game to work on classification
skills. It is great review once the child has already learned
about mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles. We often do
this in the car with our daughter. We make things up as we
go along. If I sat down to create question cards they would go
something like this:
I have no legs.
I am a predator.
I am cold blooded and lay eggs.
I am a snake.
The question is formatted in such a way as to present
all the needed information. This type of question requires that
they put together the clues and fit it into what they already
know. In this example the cold blooded and egg laying are the
Enjoy your time in Zoboo land. The natives are
friendly and the board is festive. A sure fire equation for
learning, mixed with giggles.