Everyone talks about how raising children with pets teaches them about love, compassion and responsibility, but in my house, the pets are sometimes treated like toys. When the kids feel like playing with them, they do. When they feel like feeding them or letting them out, they do. The rest of the time, they just expect that my husband and I will take care of them. Don’t get me wrong, they love their dogs – especially when they are cuddling or playing, but they just don’t want to be a part of the “upkeep” so to speak. (Of course as I am typing this, my son is kissing our puppy…) We have always spoken about how to feed, groom, and teach our pets, but again, the excitement was never really there, until they received this new game, “Woof and Me“. Woof and Me is an adorable board game designed to teach children about the importance of exercise, obedience, food, water & health care are for your dog. (And of course, love and comfort.)
My kids are young, but my 5 year old loved playing this game and needed minimal help. My 2 1/2 year old was not able to play on her own, but she loved looking at all of the game cards and the adorable pictures shown on them. They also got a kick out of playing with “Doggy Dollars!” As a teacher, I was thrilled that we often were able to speak about problems and solutions during the game. For example, if your dog is a hot, that’s a problem, but a solution could be offering shade.
I asked my 5 year old what he thought of the game and he said, “I liked it. It was fun…and I won.”. Enough said.
Check out this adorable video with your kids to learn more about the game and see lots of precious pups!