G W M
New South Wales
I am always trying hard to use my slow thinking brain...
As my review will attest, this game has proven to be very popular with my three year old daughter since being purchased.
I will also say for parents of young children, assembling the tree is also a great way for kids to build their fine motor skills - slotting the bark is no easy feat for a three year old, tonight we slotted pieces 'by ourselves' for the first time which was neat!
Anyway, the simple variant to the game we are playing is this:
All players keep taking their turns until they knock out a core piece. That player is then out of the game and others play on until they knock out a core piece. Then highest bark total wins.
This has worked really well for us - hence thought I would add this to the page for others' reference.
Happy chopping! GM