I used to play this often with a friend of mine from college who introduced me to the game. We would have study nights (or saty-up-late-and-talk nights) and play this. It is great for counting and teaching basic critical-thinking/strategy.
I have Diego's litter box in the sun-room, and he has to go through a cracked door to get to it. He kept tracking litter onto the hardwood floors, so I bought this mat and put it on the threshold...he is so terrified of it, he just hops over it. It is like his own game of "the floor is lava." I am sure it would work well if I didn't have such a scaredy-cat.
My father has had crippling gout for at least 30 years, now. His job requires that he stand at a metal-lathe 12-16hours a day, 7 days a week. When he has a flare-up, it is BAD- his entire lower leg will swell and turn red from the build-up. A friend told me that she went camping with her husband, and he had a gout flare-up. They thought they would have to leave to take him to a hospital, when another camper who suffers from gout brought this (well, almost; they had "Tart Cherry" not "Black Cherry") and gave it to him. The flare up went away with 30 minutes. I was hesitant to recommend since my father's gout was so severe- I thought surely it couldn't work better that the pharmaceuticals he was taking. I tried to get him to drink the tart-cherry, but he couldn't down it. I decided to make him a "cherry coke" with it. Within 2 days, his attack was over (his usually last 2-3 weeks)! I was amazed. Now, mama buys it every time we suspect a flare-up, and it GREATLY decreases the time and severity of the flare-up.
Love this book, very imaginative and descriptive. A must read for ages 8-12. Even if your child can't read it by themselves, it is a great book to read to them and let them illustrate what they imagine. It has adventure, poetry, mythology, and plenty of references to Norse/European Medieval culture. It is a very brainy fantasy novel (unlike many modern ones I have come across), and great for developing vocabulary and helping student's visualize what they read.