Reviewed for Preschool, 2008

Pengoloo

Transport the age-old game of Concentration to the South Pole, make it 3-D, and you'll have some sense of what Pengoloo has to offer. Twelve penguins sit waiting, each with a colored egg inside. The object of the game is to roll the dice and then try to pick two penguins with the corresponding colored eggs. If the egg beneath each bird is the right hue, the penguins are yours to keep. If not, place the penguins back on their eggs and it's the next player's turn. This all-wooden game improves memory and matching skills, and kids don't need to know how to read to play. Plus, the pieces make great fodder for Polar imaginings, once the game itself is over. (Blue Orange Games, $29.99)