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SOS Whitewater Board Game Wins Parents' Choice Award

Skaneateles, NY (October 24, 2011) - Do words of wisdom passed down from parent to child like measure twice, cut once or don't rock the boat sound familiar in your house? Parents can't help giving advice; they learned it from those who were wiser who came before them. One of the wisest and the nation's oldest nonprofit program to recommend positive playthings for children is the Parents' Choice Foundation. They believe that sometimes rocking the boat is a good thing and happily award toymaker HABA a Fall 2011 Recommended Seal in its Games Category for SOS Whitewater.

The Parents' Choice judges' review showed an appreciation for HABA's talent of combining European craftsmanship with making playtime products stimulating.

SOS Whitewater is a fun-filled game of balance, strategy and coordination. A group of animal friends are ready to take a wild boat ride, but their jostling for a place on the raft wreaks havoc. Help the animal friends all fit on the raft so that they can start their journey. Players take turns carefully balancing their wooden animal counters on a wobbly foam raft. The goal is to get as many counters on the raft as possible without knocking others off. Although the concept is simple, the game itself can actually be quite challenging, not to mention fun.

Children practice fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and motor planning during the game, which has an underlying message of turn-taking and good manners. The game pieces are of a good quality: the animal tokens are durable cardboard, the animal counters are wooden and the wobbling raft is sturdy foam. It even comes with an adorable canvas bag for storage and travel. Thus, the game will easily hold up through the many times that children are going to want to play it.

The Parents' Choice Recommended Awards are given to those products that are judged as the highest quality, most appealing products in their genre. Criteria for judgments include the highest production standards, universal human values and a unique, individual quality that pushes the product a notch above others.

SOS Whitewater ~ Ages 5+ ~ $21
Parents Choice Recommended ~ Fall 2011 Games
The rafting animals are standing in line for the canoeing trip. Soon they are all shoving to get a place on the little raft. It doesn't take long before the first animals are bumped off.

Who will be able to place the animals on the rubber raft without pushing off the others? Besides dexterity, this game requires good memory skills. In the end, the player who collects the most animal pairs on his or her raft wins. It's the perfect game to promote balance, memory and skill. SOS Whitewater is ideal for multi-generational gatherings. Created for 2-4 players.

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About HABA
HABA products can be found nationwide at over 1,000 U.S. specialty retail stores and in specialty catalogs and websites. Many of its products have been recognized with German and American awards including Parents' Choice, National Parenting Center, Creative Child, and Dr. Toy. HABA received Best Toys of the Year recognition from the TODAY Show Toy Test and has been featured in national magazines such as American Baby, Baby Talk, Fit Pregnancy, Parenting, Parents and Working Mother.

For more details, visit HABA's informational website at