Here we rolled yellow and a shirt, so you’d look through all the costume cards for one that has a yellow top on and put it on your raccoon. The object of the game is to be the first to get 5 costume cards on your raccoon. The possible setback is if you roll the clothing die and the underwear comes up you’ll have to strip your raccoon back down to his underwear and start over again.
Since Raccoon Rumpus is aimed at preschoolers and I’m not a huge fan of pushing “winning” as the object of the game we just played with the point being for everyone to get 5 costumes on their raccoon so it worked more as a cooperative game.
The illustrations definitely appeal to children as they range from fairy princess to doctor to lifeguard and keep the game interesting. I also like that the costumes are easy to place on the raccoons eliminating any possible frustration. I can’t even tell you how many games I have come across that have some unintentionally frustrating aspect of them for kids that ruins the game. This one has none that I can find.
Educational Insights also says you can use the cards as a sort of memory game, giving it a dual purpose. I suppose you can, although I wouldn’t buy it for that feature. Their version of the memory game is definitely a more advanced kind than the traditional finding pairs kind of memory game.
All in all I would definitely buy this as a good birthday party gift for a 3-5 year old child. It’s reasonably priced at $15 retail, but you can find it on Amazon.com for $13 and under here: Check out Raccoon Rumpus