Training Games: Click Clack Lumberjack

June 3, 2021

by Ambie Valdés
This is part of a series called Training Games, where I review children's games when playing (with modified rules) with my twin toddlers. This review was written when my twins were 20 months old.

Click Clack Lumberjack is a dexterity game where you’re trying to tap plastic tree pieces with a plastic axe in order to knock bark pieces off without knocking the cores off. It’s a game that I’ve enjoyed playing mostly with other adults before I had kids. Currently, my kids aren’t old enough to be playing a dexterity game like this (it’s for ages 5 and up), but they love playing with the pieces and it’s one of the first games that my kids pick to play when they go into the game room.

One of my boys likes puzzles a lot, and he treats the trunk and bark pieces like a puzzle. He likes sitting there and snapping the pieces together, then taking them apart and doing it again. My other boy loves the axe. At first he mostly enjoyed running around holding the axe and the stump and doing some axe throwing. I have to be careful that he doesn’t hit things with the axe that he’s not supposed to, and I also have to be careful that they don't lose any of the pieces, since the bark pieces are small and floor-colored.

Snapping the bark pieces on is like a puzzle

After showing them how to stack the trunk and hit it with the axe, one of my boys actually started stacking the trunk pieces and hitting it with the axe! He doesn't put the bark on, but he does sometimes stack the bark pieces on top as well. Also, since the stump is hollow, he sometimes treats it like a cup and pretends to drink from it, or puts the bark pieces inside it.

Stacking up the trunk pieces

Click Clack Lumberjack is a game I wasn’t planning on introducing to my kids until later, but the toy factor and durability of the pieces (all plastic) make it a great game to play with as toddlers!

Chew Test
  • Axe: 4/5 - plastic and very durable, but a little pokey
  • Bark: 4/5 - plastic and very durable, but could possibly fit all in the mouth
  • Stump and trunk cores: 5/5 - plastic and very durable, and large enough not to be a choking hazard
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