Monday, January 5th, 2009
Penguin Rescuer: Global Warming Game for Toddlers
It had to happen, I suppose.
The ice caps are melting and your 3-year-old has been enlisted to rescue penguins trapped on an iceberg adrift far from land.
Penguin Rescuer by Wonderland Toys is a cooperative board game. Penguin figurines stand on an elevated iceberg in the center of the board. Your children role a die and place ice tiles to create land bridges to the mainland at the board’s corners, enabling the penguins’ escape.
Why? Because you want to teach your child about global warming and the satellite-based freeze ray technology that creates ice platforms in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.
What I found most enlightening was the hungry Orcas depicted on the game board as almost encircling the iceberg. It turns out Orcas feed in all of the world’s oceans. Here’s a photo of killer whales stalking iceberg-bound penguins and a fairly awesome video of Orcas pack-hunting penguins (worth the annoying 30-second commercial foisted upon you).
Personally, I’d retrofit penguins with underwater jet packs to zip past the Orcas, but the Star Wars generation is all about outer space shoot-’em-ups, so satellite freeze ray it is.
Whatever. The game is not sold in the global-warming denying United States yet, it seems. But for UK parents, if 18 pounds sterling will help your kid feel better about penguins dying because of our own indifference about conspicuous consumption and reckless polluting, I say it’s well worth it. Buy! Buy! Buy!
Be sure it buy it from Amazon instead of walking to a local store so that excessive packaging and additional petrol are used to deliver the game to your doorstep.