Blunders, from Patch Products, is a board game that's all about minding your manners. Before you break into the game, you'll read a short introductory story about the Blunders family, whom players will help to improve their manners throughout the game to hopefully be invited back to their neighbors, the Mannerly's pool party. Each player chooses which Blunders character to play for the game. There are four to chose from: Bobby, Brenda, Billy, and Becky Blunder. The youngest player starts the game by rolling the dice. Whichever colored dot appears is the card color that will be drawn. Answer correctly and move ahead however many spaces are indicated on the second die.
The cards are broken down into three colored categories, each representing a different setting to mind your manners in: Home, Dine, or Play. Then, within each category, questions are broken down into different types: Multiple Choice; Acting, in where you act out the words or actions on the card; True or False; Good Job; and Oops. The Good Job and Oops categories are directly related to good and bad manner. The Good Job cards aim to show kids that sometimes simply demonstrating good manners on a daily basis will just reward you without having to do anything specific. On the other hand, bad manners (Oops cards) always have consequences. In this case, Good Job cards automatically send you forward, while Oops cards will send you backward on the game board.
The game also features special spots on the board: Park and School. These spots also reward players who land here with special tokens and an automatic second turn to be played immediately.
The first player to reach the end of the board wins the game and, of course, gets to send their Blunders kid to the Mannerlys annual pool party.
The concept of making manners into a game seems a bit odd at first. However, we think it can be an effective way to teach manners to young kids. The different characters and silly situations they are in make this game seem less instructional and more fun.
Blunders is for ages 5 and up, but can also work for preschoolers when played with an adult.
Adult assistance is encouraged. Some of the questions are long and younger kids will likely need help reading as well as understanding.
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