Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2007

The circus is coming to town, bringing a tent-load of wooden animals to be stacked and balanced in a teetering tower. Kids roll the dice to see how many elephants they must add to the stack, placing the numbered beasts in order, and being careful not to overbalance the pile. Children love the simple challenge of being the best balancer, and as players get the hang of it, strategy comes into play, too. The quality wooden components and versatile stacking possibilities (elephants can be placed upside down, or facing the other way for a cute tail-view) make this a game that will keep on giving, long after the circus packs up and leaves town. (Blue Orange Games, $24.95)