Sometimes, I feel like listening is the last skill my kids will ever learn, if they learn it at all! Some days, I feel like I’m a record player that’s gotten stuck, because I have to repeat myself so many times! “Put on yoru shoes. Put on your shoes. Put on your shoes.” “Don’t put things in the oven. Don’t put things in the oven. Hey! Do NOT put that in the oven!” Know what I mean?

My children’s listening skills could definitely use some work. That’s why I was super-thrilled when MomCentral offered me the chance to test out and review one Noodleboro game from Hasbro. I was even more thrilled when I received the Pizza Palace game, which is all about learning to listen! As soon as the box arrived, my kids and I cracked it open and gave it a whirl. I have to admit that the first couple of times we tried to play the game were rough. My kids, with their selective hearing, were so excited about the new game and all the funny pizza topping cards (dinosaur skull, stinky socks, etc.), they were completely ignoring me! They wanted to carry the cards around and forget about the game! Then I had a brilliant (if I do say so myself) idea that changed our experience with this Noodleboro game from stressful to enjoyable.

I have always believed that we, as parents, teach our kids more by our actions than by our words. If we want our children to listen to us, we have to listen to them. Still, it takes time. I do try to listen, really listen, to my kids when they’re speaking. Part of me thinks that this non-listening phase is just something kids go through, and they’ll eventually grow out of. But, it would be nice if this game helped them work on their listening skills now. So, I decided to play the game in reverse! Normally, in the Pizza Palace game, the parent orders a pizza with various toppings, and the child has to listen in order to fill the order correctly. We switched it around, and I made the pizzas. My kids loved it, and after I showed that I could listen to them well enough to make their silliest, most complicated pizzas, they were willing to settle down and test out their own listening skills. Much to my surprise, they both did exceptionally well when their turns came! So now I know that they can listen, when they want to!

The bottom line is this: The Noodleboro Pizza Palace game isn’t a miracle fix for teaching kids to listen, but I don’t think there ever will be a miracle fix for teaching kids good manners. It’s something you have to work on, again and again and again. And since we have to work on it so much, why not enlist the help of a product that will make the learning fun?

The Noodleboro games come with a book that teaches a lesson about the skills in question, and also a cd taht has fun songs and reads the story out loud. My daughter loves the book and still reads it almost daily!

In addition to the Pizza Palace game, there’s a Picnic Basket game (please & thank you) and a Fun Park game (sharing).

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