Monday, 26 May 2014

Endangered Species Memory Game Review & Giveaway

What could be better than children learning while they play? Saving endangered species, while they learn, while they play!

From the mind of a talented Toronto artist, Anouk Bikkers at Anouk's Ark, the Endangered Species Memory Game is a great way to spend time with your kids, and help benefit those species at the same time! Anouk took her deep-rooted love for animals, and used her gift to bring to life an eco-friendly, educational game for children, and adults of all ages to enjoy.

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We received one of the memory games for review. Emily was so excited to play a game, something we don't do all that often since she's still pretty young to understand most game play.

Included inside were 72 memory game pieces (representing 36 species!!),  a 72 page booklet filled with interesting facts for each animal, and a cute sticker that my toddler couldn't wait to stick somewhere.

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Since Em is just 2.5 years old, and this was her first time playing a memory type game, we started out small and picked out 3 pairs to match up. We each took turns flipping over two, my turn mostly just to show her how it was done. If she decided they were different we flipped them back over and tried again. If she decided that they were the same (and they really were the same) we celebrated, and if she decided that they were the same and they weren't I gently explained why, trying to describe each one, or telling her the names of the two different species.

She caught on quickly, so even though this game is recommended for ages 3+, I would say it is never too young to start! :)

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Three Reasons I Love This Game

  • Promotes saving animals, and educational fun with kids all at once.
  • Canadian-made in Toronto
  • Eco-Friendly (printed on 100% FSC paper, with vegetable-based inks)
All on their own, I have to talk about the game piece illustrations themselves. They were so detailed, and in a humorous way too! For example, the Grizzly Bear (who, by the way, I had no idea were endangered!) was drawn in such a way that he was cross eyed staring down at a bumblebee on his nose. It made Em and I both laugh when I showed her.

Overall, I think this is the perfect game for all ages, especially those who prefer products that support a great cause, and are eco-friendly. I appreciate that this is a game that will grow with us, and will teach us many things along the way.

Also offered, are 2-in-1 Puzzles! You can find these games at several stores across Canada, as well as on the Anouk's Ark website.


Anouk has generously offered to giveaway an Endangered Species Memory Game to one lucky Living As We reader.

Prize: One lucky winner will receive an Endangered Species Memory Game!
Eligibility: US/CAN, 18+ (Quebec excluded)
Entry Period: May 26, 2014 - June 11, 2014 11:59pm EST
Rules: See Rafflecopter for full terms and conditions. By entering you agree to these terms. 

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A winner will be chosen at random, and will be contacted by email. You will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email before another winner will be selected at random. The winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter form once they have confirmed/responded to my email.   
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I received sample products in order to conduct my review. As always, opinions are 100% honest and my own.


  1. I just love her pet portraits! I'd love to have my cats done!


    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

  2. Hello! I learned that she also does pet portraits & that she has an Illustrations Gallery to look at. Her drawings are beautiful. She is a very talented lady!! Thanks!

  3. I am a big animal lover and an art lover so the combination of the two are just perfect. I would love to share this by giving this to my niece if I won.

  4. Started in 2007 and helps promote saving endangered animals, THank you for sharing this site.

  5. She helps promote the saving of endangered animals. Started in 2007. Very impressive.

  6. I learned that it was started by an artist in Toronto, Canada in 2007.

  7. The pet portraits are cute!

  8. I liked how creative and colorful everything was and I liked the assortment of different animals that they put on there site , it seemed very educational

  9. Oh the pet portraits as so beautiful! I love the cow and pig ones! Very talented!

  10. I like how the puzzle pieces are a large size for little hands. The picture graphics are so cute.

  11. I like that it's an eco-friendly game :)

  12. I love that children can learn so much about the world's animals, & what a perfect way to teach them!

  13. She also does pet portraits. I'd love get one of my little guy!

  14. I enjoyed reading her blog and seeing the pictures for each letter. O is amazing!

  15. I love the pet portraits

  16. I learned that this game is made locally and currently being sold at Mastermind Toys and The Toronto Zoo plus many more other places as well.

  17. I learned that the game is eco friendly, locally made and of course educational!

  18. Anouk's Ark really is a Ark. I learned that they truly love all animals. Wonderful site that helps children learn about not just endangered species but LOVE ♥

  19. The Pet Portraits are a great idea - and gorgeous!

  20. The art on the cards is so well-done. I love them!

  21. I liked that its Canadian!

  22. Started by an artist in Toronto, Canada in 2007.