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Friday, August 22, 2008


We care deeply about raising great kids. As Moms, we find ourselves constantly reminded about how much social skills matter: from helping children build friendships to succeeding in the classroom or on sports teams to ultimately succeeding as an adult.

From insisting on "please" and "thank you" at the dinner table to intervening in a fight over sharing toys, we Moms spend a tremendous amount of time teaching these social skills. Moreover, with our busy schedules, we often end up enforcing skills such as sharing, listening, collaborating, cooperating, and good manners in high stress situations, reacting to our child's failure to exercise these skills.

A recent Mom Central survey of 950 Moms nationally found that 98% of us Moms consider social skills very important to our children's development while 85% of us experience frustration and tension when teaching these vital skills. Additionally, the survey revealed that 99% of us want more creative, innovative, and fun ways to teach our children social skills.

Hasbro took our struggle to heart. As the maker of such family classics as Candy Land, Battleship, Scrabble and Clue, Hasbro wanted to provide playful and effective learning games to help us raise kids who listen well, cooperate with others, share with friends, get along in groups, and act respectfully to teachers and adults.

After two years of research and creativity, Noodleboro has arrived. Just released, the three Noodleboro board games each come with an accompanying CD for car rides or playtime and books for story time to enhance the valuable lessons:

* We struggle to get our kids to listen and pay attention, and in the Pizza Palace Game, they must do both while taking our pizza orders. Although they might normally tune us out (when we only want mushrooms on one slice), listening becomes a fun challenge.

* The Fun Park Game mirrors every family outing you have ever taken - your child must cooperate and work with you to make decisions about what to do next. Sharing and teamwork becomes creative and exciting as well as applicable to your family's every day life.

* The Picnic Basket Game reinforces manners, which prove effective to chase away ants and make the picnic run smoothly. From passing the lemonade to sharing the sandwiches, there's no room for acting crabby and grabby. We would love to invite you to enter to win one of the 200 Noodleboro games we will be giving away over the next month. We will notify you by mid-September to let you know if you have been chosen as one of the winners. Enter here!

Good luck and look for the Noodleboro games this fall as they start appearing in a store near you!


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