Duration: 15 min
Number of players: 2-4 player/s
Materials/ Tools needed: Set of the game
Publisher: HABA
Language: English

The animals want to show how good they are at making tall pyramids!

Short description/ Goal of the game:

The animals want to show how good they are at making tall pyramids! They must be skillfully careful: Who will position the penguin on top of the crocodile, the sheep on top of the penguin, the serpent on the sheep? The hedgehog wants to stand on top of the pyramid but the height is making him dizzy.

Tier auf Tier (a.k.a. Animal Upon Animal, Pyramide d’animaux, and Dier op dier) is a simple stacking game, listed for ages 4-99, with 29 cute wooden animals.

Each turn a player rolls the dice and either places one or two animals on to the stack of animals, passes one of his or her animals to another player for them to place, or places an animal on the table, extending the base for other players to build upon. Of course, if any pieces fall off whilst you are building, you get up to two of them back. The first player to have used all of their animals wins.

This game, intended for children, is equally popular with adults.

Educational value/ Learning Objectives:

  • Eye-hand coordination

Recommendations for use: 

  • People +4 years old
  • In a Youth Exchange or Training Course
  • As a teambuilding or icebreaking activity

Tips and Tricks for Facilitators 

How to adapt game for different groups, topics, occasions/needs

Feedback questions

  • What have you learned about yourself?
  • What were the key elements in the game in order to succeed?
  • What skills can you improve while playing this game?
  • What made the game challenging?

Further discussion topics

  • What do you know about these animals?