My children received several new board games from family recently. So far I think my favorite one is "Hoot Owl Hoot!" which is a cooperative game for two to four players, ages 4+. The game, produced by Peaceable Kingdom, has received a Parents' Choice Silver Honor award and a Best Toy Award from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.
Instructions are printed inside the box lid thereby preventing one from losing them over time. The game includes one game board, one sun token, six owl tokens, and fifty cards.
The instructions clearly explain the setup (three levels: beginner, intermediate, and challenge level), how to play, and provides strategy hints and tips.
The company Peaceable Kingdom is also committed to creating games which are safe for families and the environment. It is stated "all of the plastic parts in our games are made using a corn-based plastic."
My four year-old found it really easy to understand the directions and eagerly helped the owls make it to their nest before sunrise. My two year-old even played quite successfully with my help. And because the game does not take long (about 15 minutes) to play, no one lost interest and we could play several times.
The only change I would make is making each owl a bit different looking so it is easier to reference them with my children. For example, each could be numbered, a different color, or some other such difference.
I would recommend this game to families of young children.