New board game!

If you’re tired of checkers and chess, check out Chickapig, geared toward ages 8 and up.

Its laser-cut birch plywood pieces — chicken-pigs, hay bales and a pooping cow — make for a refreshing change of pace in a market filled with plastic.

This challenging but fun strategy game — apparently endorsed by musician Dave Matthews — requires two-steps-ahead thinking from parents and kids alike. Also check out the related book Little Joe Chickapig.

$24.99 • chickapig.com

Chickapig game