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Animal Scramble: a New Game for Growing Bodies and Minds

Animal Scramble SAN FRANCISCO, Fall/Holiday 2008) – Animal Scramble is a game that gets kids moving, thinking, listening and learning, all while having fun. It uses a modern application of technology without relying on video screens or computers. Based on Wild Planet’s award-winning game Hyper Dash, Animal Scramble is designed for preschoolers and promotes positive social and developmental skills in addition to physical activity.

Animal Scramble features an electronic hand-held tagger shaped like a giraffe and four fist-sized friends (a monkey, parrot, tiger and elephant). The giraffe calls out which animals kids should run to and tag and tracks the amount of time taken to complete each course. In team mode, kids are instructed to pass the giraffe to other players as they work cooperatively to achieve their fastest time.

The giraffe houses a microchip that uses Radio Frequency Identification to recognize the different animal targets, which can be set up side-by-side, or spread out across the length of a football field. There is no limit to the distance between targets. Farther targets result in more running and exercise. When the giraffe is placed over the correct animal, the circuit is complete and the players advance.

As the game progresses, the commands become more challenging. In early levels, the giraffe calls out the first letter or full name of the animal to tag. Once kids master the names, the game adds in animal sounds, colors and characteristics. (Who says “roar”? Who is orange? Who has stripes?) These questions help kids learn to identify single objects in multiple ways.

In addition to the main game, Animal Scramble also features a sequence-building memory mode and a hide-and-seek treasure hunt. Each game requires physical exertion through running, bending, reaching and tagging movements that aid in the development of large and small muscle groups while improving coordination and motor skills. The sharing, listening and turn-taking aspects of the game practice positive social behaviors. Played indoors or out, solo or in teams, Animal Scramble keeps kids up on their feet, expending energy and having fun. Like its predecessor Hyper Dash, it’s a great game for families to play together as it exercises the bodies and minds of multiple generations.

Animal Scramble™: an indoor/outdoor active learning game for growing bodies and minds
Recommended Age: 3-5 / # of Players: 1-6 / Available: Fall/Holiday 2008
MSRP: $19.99 mass - $29.99 specialty, including www.shopwildplanet.com


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