Looking for english rules covering the function and the role of the cloud as well as the different variants
Dist of Columbia
Here's what I grabbed off of brettboard using the Wayback Machine:
1 double bag of cloth
12 Displays made from durable heavy cardboard including
24 punch-out Toy tiles
7 Sun puzzle tiles
1 Teddy bear tile
1 Pet dog tile
Also included, but not used for the game:
24 Bedtime Stories
Audio Cassette with songs
The game is based upon Klaus Baumgart's popular TV Children stories.
"O my dear, what a mess!", mother burst out while clapping her hands over her head. She has just entered the childrens' room. Laura and her younger brother Tommy have been playing all day and their toys are scattered across the little room. They must tidy the room before they go to bed, but it is already beginning to get dark. Will the children be able to finish and be in bed before Laura's star is twinkling in the sky?
Laura's Star Game is about playing - hearing - feeling - reading!
The 12 Displays form the entire room of Laura's as a 6x2 picture. Each display has two empty slots for a couple of almost identical items like cars, aeroplanes, hand mirrors, flashlights, rubber ducks and slippers.
These items are placed inside a bag that has two separate pockets, and each pocket will contain one of each item plus either the dog or the bear. The 7 pieces of the Sun is assembled to form a clever timer: it has a central star-shaped part plus 5 pieces, each with 3 beams filling out the slots between the arms of the star. Finally is a cloud piece covering the sun when the game begins.
A player will stick a hand into each pocket of the bag, trying to identify two identical shapes without looking. This is much harder than it seems since the pieces have nicely rounded edges that makes them feel somewhat like each other, and even adults will find it difficult. It is however good training of the motoric skills - especially for the wrong hand!
When the player is confident that two identical pieces have been found are the two pieces simultaneously retracted: If identical have the player succeed and the pieces are placed in the corresponding display and placed in front of the player.
Should the two pieces turn out not to be indentical are they returned to the same pockets they were drawn from, and a piece of the Sun puzzle is removed. When only the central part of the sun remains will it be flipped over the next time a player fails, thus showing the star of the story. It's bedtime, the game is over and all the players lost because they didn't make the room tidy in time.
If the players manage to make the room in time, that is when the only tiles left in the bag are the dog and the bear, will the winner the player with most displays in front of her.
The rules contain four variants for different age/skill levels:
Laura's Solitaire: (1 player from age 3)
Only 8 displays are used. The corresponding tiles, the dog and the bear are all placed in the same pocket. Just a single piece is drawn at a time. Every time the dog or the bear is drawn is a piece removed from the Sun. This variant is well-suited as a goodnight game while the kid is tucked in.
Laura's Lottery: (2-4 players from age 3)
The 12 Displays are distributed evenly among the players and the corresponding tiles are placed in each their half of the bag. The dog and bear are not used. Each player will in turn draw 1 piece from the bag, with the goal of being the first to fill all her displays.
I See What You Don't See: (2-4 players from age 3)
All items are placed in the Displays to form Laura's room. The dog and bear is not used. One player says: "I see what you don't see, and it is ". Here is a color mentioned, and the other kids may each give one guess as to which item the player is thinking of. If correct may they take the corresponding piece from the display, if wrong is a piece removed from the Sun. The game ends when the Star is tinkling, and the player with the most items is the winner.
Laura's Difficult Touch-n-Feel: (2-4 players from age 6)
The Displays are stacked in a pile, and the players must try to find the exact match to the top Display. If succesful are the items placed into the Display which is taken by the player. The winner is the player with the most Displays. This variant is more difficult because specific items must be found.
For an even more difficult game can the player take the empty Display as a trophy but return the items to the pockets. This way will it be equally difficult to find the correct pieces.
The bedtime stories and the songs adds a nice touch for children who understand German or know the TV-series. But they are just added bonuses to an already exellent game.
Thanks - we are still playing the game.