The object of Elephant's Trunk is to help Emmet the elephant pack his trunks for vacation. But you must watch out for the sneaky mouse that will try to dump everything out. The first player to pack all of his clothing tokens wins.
To start the game, empty the four trunks, then close and arrange them in a circle in the center of the playing area. Place Emmet in front of any trunk. The number of players will determine how many clothing tokens each player gets. For instance, if there are four players, each player takes six tokens of one type of clothing, either six shorts, six shirts, six caps, or six pairs of socks.
The first player rolls the die. If the die lands on a color, that player opens the trunk that matches the color and puts one of his clothing tokens inside the trunk. If Emmet is standing in front of this trunk, the player can put in two clothing tokens. The player then closes the trunk and passes the die to the next player.
If the die lands on a mouse, the player must open the trunk that Emmet is standing in front of and take all of its tokens. This player now has more tokens to get rid of. (If the trunk is empty, the player is lucky and doesn't have to take any tokens.) After the player takes his tokens, he closes the trunk and moves Emmet in front of the next trunk. Then it is the next player's turn.
Elephant's Trunk comes with 24 clothing tokens, four tin trunks, one Emmet elephant figure, and an oversized die. The game is for two to four players.
Elephant's Trunk is a cute game that is easy to learn and play. The game asks preschoolers to use early learning skills, such as color identification, pattern recognition, counting, and fine motor skills (through opening and closing the trunks).
We especially like the game mechanics (how the game play is designed) that are excellently thought out to give a diverse but comprehensible play experience for preschoolers.
Elephant's Trunk is for ages 4 and up.
There is another way to get rid of tokens in this game. If you assemble a complete set of four clothing pieces (cap, shirt, shorts, and socks), you can return that set to the game box for the rest of the game.
The strong game play design makes this a good choice for kids in the target age category, and it will be entertaining enough for parents and older kids to play as well.
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