Saturday, October 26, 2013

Kindness Kingdom (a great gift idea!!)

Disclosure: I did not receive any form of compensation for this post.

Here is an excerpt (courtesy of Marvelously Well Mannered) from one of Marvelously Well Mannered's Kindness Kingdom board game cards, and it couldn't be better timing on this particular one, considering commercials aplenty are running full speed ahead right now.

If you see something you really want for Christmas on TV, can you tell your mom and dad to get it for you?

A. No, you cannot tell someone to buy you something but you can give a hint of things you like.
B. Yes, scream for your parents the next time the commercial comes on so you can show them what you want. They would appreciate the help.
C. No, never tell someone to get your something and don’t help them with hints – if your parents really love you they will know what you want.

Answer: A. You should never demand that your parents – or anyone else – buy you a specific gift.  But a gentle hint is usually appreciated.
Casually mention the item in conversation. “I can’t believe the cool new Lego building set I saw.”  Giving just the perfect gift is hard, even for people who know you. Make sure you are grateful for whatever you receive and say, thank you.

Marvelously Well Mannered is a company who believes, like I do, that good manners begin at home. The importance of teaching our children how to behave politely, use good manners, and exhibit good taste while in public cannot be overrated. Here is some good news: An easy way to reinforce the good manners we are already, or wish to be teaching our children can now be done in a very fun way!


Kindness Kingdom is a board game that was created with good manners in mind. It is for 2-4 players, ages 5 and older. Players travel around to each of the eight neighborhoods in Kindness Kingdom hoping to collect charms for the bracelet the winner will use to gain entrance into the tea party.  There are different piles of cards, each drawn by a player in different situations, and they all deal with manners, in one way or another. From teaching proper terminology, discussing the faux pas, and everything in between, Kindness Kingdom offers positive learning for its players from beginning to end. There are many cards available, so the game will remain fun/fresh and continue to be a learning experience each time it is played. There are other cool surprises along the way as well, and a healthy dose of humor is peppered throughout.


It is a fun game, and a don't-miss opportunity for teaching young children important issues such as empathy, kindness, social skills, and proper etiquette. The end of the game, keeping in proper alignment with the theme, encourages the 'winner' to cheer the other players along until they too reach the gates of the tea party, because of course a tea party is never as fun when it's only for one.

You can learn more about the company and the game on their website.  You can also follow them on Facebook, where you will find other tips, niceties, definitions, and the like updated on a regular basis.

36 comments:

  1. I think instilling good manners when the kids are young is so important - and way to make it fun to do so. This game rocks.

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    1. I thinks so too, Robin. Thanks for the visit!

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  2. This sounds like an amazing game. Good manners are a must!

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    1. It's a fun way to slip those manners right in, and they are important to teach. :)

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  3. Nice game cards! Never heard of it. This is fun to do with kids and at the same time letting them learn what are good manners and values.

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    1. I love the concept too, I think it's a great game! Thanks for visiting. :)

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  4. I am game for anything that teaches kids manners. It seems like many are never taught!!

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    1. That really could be the cause for the decline...sometimes they're just not taught.

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  5. As a teacher, I feel like a lot of the issues I have had with children not having manners or treating other students well have really stemmed from the fact that they were never taught them. This is a fun way for them to learn the basics they need to coexist with others.

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    1. Ditto that thought. I think on the whole children like being good, some things they're just not taught and really don't know. This is a fun way to assist.

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    1. You're never too old for the game...but I suspect your manners are fine. :)

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  7. That sounds like a great game not just for kids but some adults as well. I make sure my kids say please, thank you and excuse me but some adults think they're too big to say the same thing back.

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    1. Ah, that's true, I've seen it myself a time or two. ;)

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  8. I think that is a great game. I know a lot of kids that could use the manners one--even mine sometimes!

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    1. It's fun and it does teach them, even the children who have great manners still learn something and have fun doing it too. :)

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  9. I love that this board game encourages good manners! Something so many children are lacking nowadays!

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  10. I think this generation could use a lesson in manners, and this toy is a great way to start!

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  11. Souns like a great game and manners are everything there is to many children not being taught simple things.

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  12. I know my Grandson would like this game and I am gathering Christmas gift ideas.

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  13. Sounds like a fun game and one I would of loved to have played with my Kindergarten students when I was a teacher! Kind of reminds me on the Ungame which is for older kids.

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  14. While I think the idea of a game that teaches manners is great, I wouldn't buy it based on the example question to me because I disagree with it.

    I remember growing up, we didn't believe in Santa so our Christmas lists were always written directly to our parents. We understood we wouldn't get everything on it, but we always directly asked. As an adult with my own daughter, I not only like that when we are out and about she'll point to something in the store and ask, "Mom, can I have that for my birthday?" I appreciate it. I know what she wants. She knows she is being listened to, even if I generally just say, "We'll wait and see.' or "You might change your mind closer to your birthday." It's kind of a win-win.
    A. to me openly asking for something is frank, honest, and doesn't assume that they have to have it (it's a request, not an order.)
    B. Hinting is annoying and doesn't always work.
    I prefer to train my daughter so she can ask for anything, she just has to understand that she may not get it.

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  15. i like the idea of a game that doesn't require obsessive competition for kids. cooperation and kindness - nice!

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  16. From BabsProjects: Teaching kids manners is something that parents have to teach and follow up. Kindness Kingdom sounds like a awesome game.

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  17. def nice to have toys and games that teach something positive....

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  18. I agree, they have to learn manners early or they will never learn it! So why not teaching it with a game?! This way it will feel like fun for the kids instead of preaching from Momma :)

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  19. I have to say I love the idea of this game! I may have to get this for our daughter for either Christmas or for her birthday in March!

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  20. Since even before our children were born, my husband and I discussed the importance of instilling manners and proper etiquette in our children. I like this idea because it promotes this kind of behavior.

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  21. Manners are very important and something that it seems people do not teach anymore. however I know some adults who need this game.

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  22. What a great game to have around; good manners is ALWAYS a must in our home and this is a fun way to teach it..what a great idea..thanks for sharing

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  23. Sounds like a great game and a good lesson to learn

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  24. What a cute idea for a game. I know some adults that could use a dose of the Kindness Kingdom....lol!

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  25. We work hard teaching the kids manners how how to think about others around them. What a great way to teach it.

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  26. I think there are plenty of adults that should play that game too, what a great idea.

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  27. manners are very important here...

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  28. would love that for my nephew

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

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