Keekee the Rocking Monkey Game - Review

Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Keekee the Rocking Monkey Game is one of my top picks this year for a holiday gift. As a child development specialist, I see far beyond the obvious hilarious entertainment value of this toy. If I hadn't already retired from teaching preschoolers, I would have at least one of these in my classroom. It can be played by 1 to 6 players, and is targeted to ages 3 and up. And seriously, who wouldn't want to play with this happy monkey?
Keekee the Rocking Monkey is a game designed to challenge young children to keep the monkey balanced by placing the cylindrical wood blocks on his hands, arms, head, and near his feet. If you knock Keekee down, you lose! It's a simple concept, but looking more closely at it reveals much more. There are four colors of blocks in varying sizes, which are perfect for natural and incidental learning about color sorting, size awareness, weight differences, and seriation (the process of smallest to largest).
Balancing a shape that has a rounded edge is a challenge in itself, in addition to trying to keep Keekee from tipping over sideways on the curved banana-shaped base. For the youngest children, color recognition and counting activities could easily be incorporated into free exploration of this toy. I applaud Blue Orange Games for Keekee the Rocking Monkey and can see why it's been chosen as a Dr. Toy 10 Best Games Winner.
I highly recommend Keekee the Rocking Monkey. Boys and girls will both love it and I'll bet mom and dad love to play this interactive family game with them. Even the sturdy storage box is designed so that Keekee will only fit one way and the pieces have to be placed in properly to close. Best of all, it's child-powered so no batteries are required!
Visit blueorangegames.com and put Keekee under the tree this year! They have hundreds of great games for kids ages 3-99. They strive to give back to many environmental causes and they even plant two trees for every one tree used to create their products. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

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