Kindness Kingdom ~ At last, a board game where good manners and etiquette win! {Review & Giveaway ~ US}

Thanks to KidStuff PR (on behalf of Marvelously Well-Mannered) for providing me with Kindness Kingdom, free of charge, for review.  These are my own honest opinions.

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Kindness Kingdom is a fun new board game that helps kids learn good manners in a neat way.  Jessica Marventano, who is certified to teach manners and universal rules of etiquette to young children and teens by the International School of Protocol, came up with the idea for Kindness Kingdom.  The business is actually a collaboration between Jessica and her mom Catherine (Jessica’s daughters jokingly say grandma Catherine is Queen Grace, the ruler of manners in the game!) and Jessica’s sister, Jennifer. They were all taught that courtesy starts at home and want to convey that value to today’s youth.  It is the first board game from parent company Marvelously Well-Mannered and is made in the USA.

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My daughers were very excited to try this game and by knowing what its purpose was, I was beyond excited!  We are a game-loving family but I have never had a game where it was all about good manners, so this was great.  While it is ideal for ages 5 and up, my 4 year old had no problem keeping up.  My 2-year old didn’t grasp it, nor did I expect her to, but she loved making her own “charm bracelet” during our game play.  Set up was very easy and I love that all of the game pieces fit into the box, not only for storage, but also for the gameplay itself.

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My only piece of constructive feedback here would be to include a sorting tray, or something similar, for all of the charms.  It gets quite cumbersome digging through them all each time a charm needs handed out by whomever is the “jeweler” that game to find the correct one.

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Gameplay is fairly simple.  You each pick an envelope and place it on the RSVP spot at the bottom left hand side of the board.  You also receive a ‘charm bracelet’ card on which you want to earn charms throughout the game.  On your turn, you draw one card from the RSVP Card pile.  You will draw one of the following types of cards:

  • R.S.V.P. Cards – Draw an R.S.V.P. card. Move your pawn forward to the first matching color space on the path.
  • Baby Daisy Fairy Cards – These can only send players forward never back. But you must correctly answer the question for any neighborhood you get to fly through. If you pick a baby daisy fairy card but there are no fairies ahead of you, collect a charm for your bracelet instead of moving ahead. There are 8 baby daisy fairy cards.
  • Neighborhood Cards – Each of the 8 neighborhoods has 35 question cards.
  • 35 Faux Pas Cards – Players are asked these questions when they land on a space with a pair of muddy pink shoes.
  • 53 Tea Party Cards – Players are asked these questions when they land on a space with a teacup.

On your turn, draw one R.S.V.P. card and move your pawn to the matching colored jewel space on the path.

  • If you land on a colored jewel space that has a teacup, you have landed on a tea party space. Pull a tea party question card from the front of the deck. Answer correctly and collect a teacup charm to place on your charm bracelet card at the end of one of the ribbons. Place the tea party question card in the back of the tea party deck. Answer incorrectly and you do not collect a charm. Your turn is over. Place the used R.S.V.P. card in a discard pile.
  • If you land on a space that has a pair of shoes, you have landed on a faux pas space. Pull a faux pas question card from the front of the deck and answer the question. Place the faux pas question card in the back of the faux pas deck. Your turn is over. Place the used R.S.V.P. card in the discard pile.
  • If you land on a baby daisy fairy space collect a fairy charm to place on your charm bracelet card at the end of one of the ribbons. Your turn is over. Place the used R.S.V.P. card in a discard pile.
  • Your turn is over. Place the used R.S.V.P. card in a discard pile. Repeat until you go through all the neighborhoods and make it to the Golden Gate of the Golden Rule.

Whoever fills their charm bracelet first could be considered the winner, but with everyone learning new manners, everyone wins!  Players are encouraged to cheer everyone on until the very end!

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Questions deal with a myriad of etiquette and good manners and create great conversation with kids.  The first time we played Kindness Kingdom, my daughter was reminding us of etiquette tips she had learned, such as how it is never polite to finish the last of anything in the fridge, like milk, because your mommy or daddy may have plans for it, such as to make pancakes in the morning!

The board game is ideal for 2 to 4 players, for ages 5 and up. Not only do children develop social and emotional skills but thoughtfulness toward others. Once a winner is determined, players are requested to cheer on the remaining players until all youngsters reach the finish line, arriving at Queen Grace’s marvelous tea party. Subtle illustrations such as a princess seated in a wheelchair reinforce empathy, a much-needed skill for kids to combat teasing or worse, bullying. The company’s website offers general etiquette tips for children.

Buy It!  You can purchase Kindness Kingdom online for $35.00!

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Megan

I am "Mommy" to 3 little girls, ages 5, 3, and nearly 1. In July 2012 I traded in my IT career to be full-time at-home mommy! I love try new products that make life easier with 3, such as baby gear, toys and organizational products. I love spending time in the kitchen and would ultimately love to open my own bakery one day! You can e-mail me at Megan@AhhMazingReviews.com You can also check out my other blog, Tired+Tried!

Comments

  1. Kimberly Schotz says

    My daughter would say God Bless you whenever anyone would sneeze, loudly across the room. Wherever we are.

  2. Dianne says

    My daughter, who is now 18, went to a Girl Scout Workshop on manners when she was in 1st grade. After the workshop, she would critique table settings everywhere we went for years. I recently discovered that she still “educates” her friends on proper etiquette.

  3. Janine says

    My son is so outgoing that he says “Hello” and “Goodbye” to everyone and every animal he meets…I have to remind him that not *every* doggy is friendly and that he has to ask their owners if they *are* friendly lol! :-)

  4. Gina H. says

    I said to my niece when she was 3 yrs old, “do you want to help me clean up”? And she said “no thank you”. Of course I didn’t really mean for it to be a question but at least her response was polite!

  5. Carrie Phelps says

    My grandson in trying to be polite says you’re welcome before you ever get a chance to say thank you. He doesn’t understand that this could sound rude if you had not planned to say thank you in the first place. I’m trying to get him to understand that it’s great he says this but that he needs to wait to hear thank you first.

  6. Anne N. says

    I have taught my 3 year old to say please and thank you but she says it very quietly.

  7. Caron B says

    My daughter uses her manners most of the time when she wants something. I need to remind her of the Thanks.

  8. Carolyn Colley says

    I use to tell my kids I brought you into this world and I’ll take you out, it worked for a while.

  9. Elizabeth B says

    My little ones are still very little, so not many stories yet, but my 3 year old still signs thank you instead of saying it. She’ll say “please,” just not “thank you.”

  10. laurie nykaza says

    I never know what’s going to come out of their mouth at the kitchen table

  11. Anne Perry says

    the other day my almost 3 year old told me not to talk with food in my mouth!!

  12. mommaarbaugh says

    Just recently at the grocery store my darling 16 month old who is potty trained pulled out a lovely pair of her panties from my purse and gave them to the bagger! At least they were clean!

  13. mommasbacon says

    My daughter is really good about saying please, thank you and excuse me. Apparently, it also works when passing gas. Excuse me! No shame! HA HA.

  14. Maureen M. says

    My nearly 4 year old tells me how to behave properly and gives me instructions….just as I do to him! haha

  15. Miranda Welle says

    I don’t remember what nick jr. show the kids learned it on but they were taught that elbows on the table were bad manners. So for the past year, anyone who breaks this “rule” is gently reminded.

  16. polly says

    Our 4 year old grandson corrects his grandpa when he says “thanks” he says you should say “thank you”

  17. Brandy S says

    Learning about forgiveness in Sunday School my three year old loved to tell people “I forgive you” after SHE had done something wrong :) We’re almost there…

  18. Karen Propes says

    My Granddaughter has a whole new vocabulary on “Bad” words, I said shoot and she said MaMaw that’s not a good word. I now have to learn what’s bad and good. But coming out of her mouth, her gentle voice you can’t help but melt.
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  19. coley r says

    my sweet lo is trying so hard to learn her manners and if ANYONE does anything they arent supposed to she corrects them loudly.. it has been a bit of an issue when we aer out in public and peopel use “bad” words….

  20. Sacha Schroeder says

    My son and I were once in a grocery store in line behind little people. He was 3 and one of the kids was about 13 and as short as him. He said, Look mom, I am bigger than that big kid. Of course it seemed loud enough for the whole store to hear!

  21. Carla Pullum says

    My daughter would see her friend and the friend would come up to give her a hug and she would stop her and say I feel the love from here!

  22. Amanda Alvarado says

    My dd has been told by daddy that she’s not supposed to talk about boyfriends/girlfriends and she’s not allowed to say stupid & shut-up (among other words of course). Well she’s been staying with my dad while we are working this summer. The first day she was there, she came home saying that we had to make a list of the words grandpa isn’t allowed to say…among them was boyfriend/girlfriend and stupid! She actually had me spell out all the words he couldn’t say and wrote them down! LOL My dad has come back with she’s not allowed to say weirdo because she keeps telling him he’s a weirdo!

  23. tina reynolds says

    my son reminds other people even stangers when they forget to say thank you excuse me etc

  24. Renee C says

    Before I had kids, I volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Once I took my Little Sister to the dog park. We were watching the dogs when a lady came in with a puppy. My Little Sister pointed and announced, “Look at that fat butt!” I said “Yes, that’s a chubby little puppy. Isn’t he cute?” She replied – just as loudly – “No, I mean on that lady!”

  25. charlene says

    I use to teach preschool and every morning I would have all my kids look in their pockets to make sure they brought their manners from home.

  26. Alena@TheHomemadeCreative says

    The other day we were all standing around chatting in my mother-in-law’s front yard, while our kids played in the sprinkler. Suddenly, all eyes were on Sam, my 20 year old brother-in-law ~ a series of very loud farts had surprised us all, but were less surprising than the look of total shock on his face. “It wasn’t me!!” he said, to our disbelief. And that’s when we heard it; my one year old daughter was standing behind him, and let out a HUGE fart just as Sam stepped away from her. Oops!! Needless to say, we all died laughing.

  27. Jennifer says

    yesterday, a stranger in the store told my daughter what great manners she has and without blinking, my daughter said “you should really thank my mom, she taught me” I melted!

  28. Ohl Ken says

    I was so honored at pre school when the teacher came up to me and said you know your niece is the smallest one her but has the best manners of all.

  29. Chris Alejandro says

    My sister caught my little brother with his elbows on the dinner table. She decided to sentence him to no dessert and 5 minutes of timeout.

  30. Donna Kellogg says

    My daughter knew she had to say it but she would mix up when to say please and when to say Thank you she would mix it up sometimes

  31. krystal wethington says

    We have taught our nephew to say thank you but he will only say it if you ask him to.

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