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Noodleboro Picnic Game - Review

Sadly, I would have to say this game is a dud. Its purpose is to emphasize good manners, but even in this it’s value is limited, as the only behavior in play is saying “please” and “thank you.” Overall it is too simple, and the accompanying book and CD are mediocre.

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Players attempt to collect all five of their tokens, beginning each turn by asking, “May I take a token?” Other players are to answer affirmatively, whereupon the player says “thank you” and either draws a token from the basket or takes an unused token from the game board. If the token selected has her color she places it where it belongs. If it doesn’t match, she places it on the board. If the token pictures an ant it is set on the board, for no discernible reason.

According to the rules, “If you forget your manners, the other players can remind you, but if you keep forgetting, then you’ll have to put the token back in the basket and try again on your next turn.” Once a player has collected all of his tokens the game is over.

All right, I must apologize here—my husband spent $15 on this sucker, so I’m slightly miffed right now. But as my aim in reviewing products is to offer information that will help my readers avoid wasting money, I guess I’ll go a little deeper. Suggested age range is 4+, but it was simple enough for my 3 year olds, and my 5 year old was as interested as his younger brothers. In fact, the kids liked the game just fine. They’ve listened to the CD twice, and two or three more games may hold their interest. But I have real doubts about the educational value of this product, and I’ll eat my hat (fedora or ball cap) if it imparts any real lesson on manners to my children.

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