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Board Game Review: Don’t Rock The Boat!

One of my favorite things to do with the boys on quiet evenings is play board games. We’ve amassed quite a collection already and last week I got to add to it with a new addition, Patch Products’ Don’t Rock The Boat!

This game will put your child’s speed and agility to the test as they take turns placing and balancing pirate penguins on a ship. Don’t rock the boat and send the penguins overboard or you’ll have to walk the plank (or, you know…lose the game)!

My boys, at 4 and 2.5,  are a little younger than the intended players of the game (5 and up) but they still managed to have a great time and balance some penguins on the ship before it rocked! Miles, our oldest, was able to get the hang of Don’t Rock The Boat! very easily and I know with time he’ll figure out more of a strategy for making them stay standing up. His little brother had more fun just playing with the pirate penguins, which are incredibly cute.

The game is simple to put together (three masts to attach to the boat and then balance the boat on the blue wave), which makes for a very quick setup. The game is a fast-moving game, too, so don’t worry about this being a game that will go on and on. You can count on everyone getting the giggles during this game!

You’ll love playing Don’t Rock The Boat! from family-owned Patch Products, which leads the toy industry in design, manufacturing, and marketing of games, children’s puzzles, preschool toys, creative activities, and teaching tools. For more about Patch Products, please visit them at, Like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Speaking of Twitter, join @PatchProducts and etiquette expert Aimee Symington for a Manners Q & A Twitter event on Wednesday, September 5th from 8:00pm-9:00pm CST. Ms. Symington is the creator of the board game Blunders and will be available to answer all of your questions about children and manners using #AskAimee. Sign up and participate in this event and you’ll be eligible to win Patch Products prizes! See you there!

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.


  1. Society has gotten so digital that many have forgotten the importance of traditional board games in child development. That game looks like fun, heck I’d buy it for the pirate penguins alone 🙂 Thanks for the great review!

  2. I think James would love this, but for some reason I cringe every time one of mine wants to play a game. I have no idea why. I need to just bite the bullet and play anyway.

  3. Jennifer – It’s okay, I get a little twitchy when the 2 year old asks to play games. He is still learning his colors so it’s difficult to play things like Candy Land with him. But I find if I make it a point to set aside some time to play board games with them at least once a week they’re less likely to ask for them constantly 🙂