Penguin Rescuer: Global Warming Game for Toddlers

It had to happen, I suppose.

Photo of the Penguin Rescuer board game.

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.

Photo of the box for the Penguin Rescuer board game.


3 Responses to “Penguin Rescuer: Global Warming Game for Toddlers”

  1. adrienne says:

    Thanks, A.J.!

    I just ordered one and got a great deal on Express Global Circumnavigation shipping. It should be delivered to my door within 24 hours after fully circling the globe in a Concord jet.

    The EGC shipping option is pretty reasonable when you consider the exorbitant price I paid for orbital drop shipping during the holiday season.

    January 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

  2. PAUL says:

    OK – so I assume the game pieces are made from petrolem products and the board is from a clearcut tree, right? Isn’t there another way to spread “Global Warming” propaganda? Needless to say I did order one – I was concerned about breakage during shipping, so I requested that they club a baby harp seal for extra padding.

    January 5th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

  3. AJ says:

    Well, okay, in Wonderland’s defense, the wood portion is rubber wood, Thailand timber that is grown for liquid latex and then cut anyway when the tree’s lifecycle production declines after 20+ years. So, the trees would be cut and replanted anyway.

    January 5th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

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