If ever a game was made for Waldorf it was Enchanted Forest. I don’t think you could find a game that is more completely Waldorf than this. The whole Game is based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
This was wonderful, because as a homeschooling mostly Waldorf mom we had read almost all of the Grimm Fairy Tales associated with this game, and the few we hadn’t read we caught up on, to make the game more fun. This is the story of the Enchanted Forest :
“Once upon a time there lived a king, and he dwelt in a splendid castle high above the enchanted forest. His subjects could not have wished for a better king, so wise and benevolent was his rule.
Many years passed and the king, feeling that he was growing old, began to worry about who should rule after him, for he had no children. However, word had often come to him of strange and wonderful treasures which were said to be hidden in the enchanted forest, and these had aroused his curiosity and now filled his heart with longing. He resolved that a search should be made for these remarkable treasures, so that they might be collected at his castle, where everyone might see them and marvel at them. No sooner had he decided on his plan than he sent heralds throughout the land to announce that whoever should find and lead him to the hiding place of three of these marvelous treasures would succeed to his throne.”
As if that wasn’t enough to make you love the game. The treasures are trees, underneath the trees lie an image of a specific fairy tale. The image under the tree matches a card. The object is to travel around the board to get a peek under the trees, and then to match the face-up card to the correct tree. There are many more nuances and rules to the game, knocking people out, moving to special spots with doubles, etc. but that is the gist. My son and I can play this game for hours. It is really fun, and really taxes the memory of this old mama!
I would say this game is best played by boys 7 1/2 and up and girls 6 and up. Isaiah has finally gotten over that stage where if it’s too complicated he doesn’t want to bother. If your child doesn’t mind complicated, yet simple rules, go ahead and try it!
I get no compensation whatsoever for this by the way! I just loved this game so much and thought it was so Waldorfy, I had to share! And if you haven’t read the Grimm Fairy Tales this is the perfect way to introduce them. All of the tales in this game are completely age appropriate and not at all scary!