Hop, Waddle, Stomp Encourages Kids to Act Like Animals as They Complete Puzzles

Thursday, April 20th, 2023 4:15 pm

The game features two sets of rules for players of different ages.

Ravensburger recently released Hop, Waddle, Stomp, a puzzle game for toddlers with an age recommendation of 2+.

Hop, Waddle, Stomp is for 1-4 players. The game was designed to help littles with their fine and gross motor skills, color matching skills, and animal recognition abilities, as well as help them understand the concepts of following directions and taking turns.

Hop, Waddle, Stomp includes eight animal jigsaw puzzles featuring adorable artwork of creatures like penguins and elephants. Each puzzle contains three pieces. One larger piece features the parents of each animal species, while two smaller pieces feature the babies of the species (unlike a normal jigsaw puzzle, all of the pieces here are large enough to be easily handled by young kids). The game will challenge players to put the puzzles together by matching the baby animals with their parents. In addition to these puzzles, Hop, Waddle, Stomp includes a soft multicolored ball that serves as the game’s die.

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Similar to another Ravensburger game, Big City Builders, Hop, Waddle, Stomp includes two sets of rules for players of different ages.

For younger kids, players are challenged to work together to complete all of the puzzles. Before the game begins, families are encouraged to place the puzzle pieces containing the parent animals around the room or house, rather than keeping them all on a table. On each turn, the active player will toss the multicolored ball, determine which color is facing “up,” and pick up a face-down puzzle piece that has the matching color on the back.

From there, they’re asked to take the puzzle piece with the baby animal to the matching puzzle featuring the parents while acting like the animal on the piece. This may see players hop like a bunny, roar like a lion, and more. Once all of the puzzles have been completed, the whole group wins.

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For slightly older kids, players will compete to be the first to complete their personal animal puzzles. Players will divide the large puzzle pieces (the pieces featuring the parent animals) evenly among every player. Any leftover puzzles are left out of the game. From there, the baby animal puzzle pieces are spread face down in the middle of the playing area. On each turn, the active player will toss the colorful ball and pick up a face-down puzzle piece that has the same color on the back as the color that’s facing “up” on the ball. If the piece matches one of their puzzles, they can add it to their puzzle. If not, they’ll return the puzzle piece face down to the playing area. The first player to complete all of their puzzles wins.

Hop, Waddle, Stomp’s puzzle pieces are made of thick, sturdy chipboard, so they should hold up well to multiple play sessions. In addition, if the game’s ball gets dirty, it can be washed in cold water in the washing machine.

Hop, Waddle, Stomp is now available on Amazon and at other retailers for $19.99.

Disclosure: SuperParent received Hop, Waddle, Stomp for coverage purposes.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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