BriarPatch brings the joy of playful learning through Eric Carle’s timeless stories to the world of card games. The iconic characters and colorful artwork of Eric Carle are paired with key learning concepts to turn classic card games into fun and engaging games for kids including: Alphabet Go Fish, Animal Rummy and The Very Hungry Caterpilar Card Game. These three amazing games encourage the development of skills important for school readiness in young children. Here’s a sneak peek at these new games available soon.


The ever popular game of Go Fish has been redesigned into a game that will help kids learn and match lower case and upper case letters. The game includes 52 playing cards and instructions. It can be played with 2 to 6 players and designed for children ages 3 and up. This game is great for preschoolers and kindergartners exploring the alphabet and learning to match upper and lower case letters.

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Most kids have an easier time learning to identify uppercase letters first. However, it is very important for children to learn both. This game is a great way to practice pairing these counterparts.


The classic game of Rummy is transformed into a card game featuring animals from The World of Eric Carle to help little ones with animal recognition and strengthening vocabulary. The pack includes 48 Cards and instructions. The game is for children ages 3 and up and can be played with 2 to 6 players.


Animal names are an important part of early vocabulary. These interactive cards can help your little one increase their vocabulary, recognize animals and learn how to pair.


In this new and fun game, kids help transform The Very Hungry Caterpillar into a butterfly by eating his way through days of the week. This games offers the opportunity to practice counting as they move through each day. The game comes with 56 cards and instructions. The game is designed for children ages 3 and up and can be played by 2 to 4 players.


Counting is an essential building block of mathematics. This game helps with math skills and number awareness including: number identification, counting, patterning recognition and one-to-one correspondence.


​Originally founded in 1992, Briarpatch provides fun and educational games and puzzles for children. University Games acquired Briarpatch in 2014, and since that time it has been Briarpatch’s goal to provide inspiring, educational, and above all FUN content to preschoolers everywhere. No other children’s game brand has won as many awards and delighted as many young children as Briarpatch.Briarpatch is recognized worldwide for its well-designed preschool games and puzzles. With games and puzzles set in a variety of beloved literary and TV settings such as I SPY, Pete the Cat, The World of Eric Carle and more, Briarpatch helps children to learn social skills, counting skills, memory skills, and literacy skills.


Briarpatch = Play + Learning

Play ‘n Learn System​Designed to assist you in choosing the best product for your child, our original Play ‘n Learn system will help you understand the developmental aspects of each game. Each Briarpatch game is rated for 5 different developmental skills:​​

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Coordination
  • Social Skills
  • Imagination

Click here to visit the Play ‘n Learn System page, and to see a list of games organized by the skills they teach!


To learn more about Briarpatch World of Eric Carle Games please see the following links. Most of the games can be purchased at local retailers such as Target, Walmart and on Amazon.


***Thank you University Games for sending The Playful Parent a copy of these games to test out and share with families. I can’t wait to share these games at the next board game night. The Playful Parent is not paid to promote products. All information is my own non-bias opinion. The goal of this review is to help advocate learning through play.***