Bear Went Over the Mountain is a 1-4 player, card game, designed by Brian Garthwaite, for ages 4+.

It’s a lovely fall day, and Bear wants to go for a hike to see what she can see. Two to four players each build their own hikes full of animals, trees, hills, and valleys by laying out a landscape of cards. Bear knows what she likes, and the player with the most interesting hike wins!

Bear Went Over the Mountain is a card-laying and set-collection game for preschoolers, ages 4 and up. Players choose goals, such as spotting the most bluebirds, squirrels, or skunks, then select and play cards into a landscape. Scoring relies on counting, as well as simple addition and subtraction. Although some reading skill is helpful, pictures and color icons are on every card for those still learning their ABCs.

Designed as part of the 2017 Children’s Game Print and Play Design Contest on Board Game Geek, it won in several categories including Best Preschool/Kindergarten Game and Children’s Choice category.

‘Big kids’ may opt to play with variant rules for a more difficult card-drafting multiplayer game, as well as a solitaire version, too.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Bear Went Over the Moutain instead of making one, it can be found on The Game Crafter, by clicking here. Also if you like to see more of Brian’s print-and-play games, you can do so here.


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