15 September 2008

Encourage Your Little Chef, while Encouraging Listening Skills

When foodies envision the perfect pizza, the visions are filled with wonderful and exotic ingredients - the texture, the smells and the very process of the pizza production conjure up such great memories and mouthwatering fantasy of new creations.

When cooking with children, pizza is often a dish that gets top attention. It is fun to mix and children love to see the dough rise and are thrilled to spread the sauces and cheese or other toppings upon the pizza.

But sometimes with younger pre-schoolers or those in kindergarten, it can be quite the challenge to hold their attention and keep them focused.

Well that is where Noodleboro Pizza Palace Listening Game comes in handy. This game comes complete with pizzas & real take out boxes, a peel (which doubles as the scoring track /game board) , plenty of toppings. Think of it as a pre-pizza conditioner, to help your kids strengthen those listening skills needed to cook along side you in the kitchen.

When I got the chance to review this game, not only was my 5 yr old excited, but this game was something she could relate to me and culinary. She loved that she would be "cooking" up pizza and earning points when her orders were right. The audio CD was a hit with her too and even my 17 month old joined in and was dancing and clapping. A fun game for the whole family.

Noodleboro Pizza Palace Listening Game Specs:
  • 25 pizza topping cards
  • 2 sets of 25 pizza toppings
  • 2 pizza boxes with pizzas
  • 2 pizza topping trays
  • Chef's Hat Moving Pawn
  • Scoring track
  • CD (21 tracks)
  • Storybook
  • instructions in English and in Spanish.

Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches


Item model number:

Mfr. Recommended Age:
36 months - 6 years

Number of Players: 2 - 3

...this will  be big fun for little chefs  while honing  skills...

In the Noodleboro Pizza Palace ListeningGame storybook "Listen While You Work": Chef Listentino stubbed his toe and has the only pizzeria in town. Suddenly it looks as if pizza eating is doomed for the whole town - until 2 young boys offer to help.  Avery and Earnest tell Chef Listentino they will make the pizzas for him. They get a crash course in proper pizza production, but Avery doesn't listen to Chef, and when the time comes to make pizzas their assembly line goes awry due to Avery's bad listening and communication skills with his partner Earnest.

Although not up to HAACP standards, this book is written in a way that will engage your little chef. Filled
with bright illustrations, and plenty of non-stop silliness.This same theme is echoed in the actual game play:

The "order giver" must select 3 topping cards, most of the ingredients are standard pizza topping such as pepperoni or anchovies, but just like the storybook some silliness carries over in the form of soccer balls, tennis shoes or French fries and other objects edible or not. Order Givers are encouraged to change their orders to help strengthen memory and listening skills.

"Pizza makers" must listen as these ingredients are read out loud, once they have been said it is up to the pizza maker to remember what was said without hints. Each successful pizza order gains the pizza maker another spot on the scoreboard (a.k.a the peel) , whoever advances their chef hat game piece first to the top spot, wins.

The audio CD included in the game has 21 tracks of silly sounds and songs which all coincide with the storybook, that strengthen the overall lessons of the book - bringing the book to life for your kids.

This game is guaranteed to encourage your child's social skills such as working on a team and communicating, all naturally through different sensory stimulations, whether it be from the book, the audio CD or actual game time.



1:04 AM, September 16, 2008 Reply  

this is perfect gift for kids

2:29 AM, September 17, 2008 Reply  

That's the perfect game a children would love to do....Its not only fun for kids but also for parents.. One should try this....

4:33 AM, September 17, 2008 Reply  

Good Gift, I think my son will happy for it.

6:54 PM, September 17, 2008 Reply  

Now why would this just be good for girls? Men grow up and become chefs.

4:15 AM, September 18, 2008 Reply  

Nice Post. Keep it up.:)

6:47 AM, October 16, 2008 Reply  

I definitely need such a game for myself:))) I've never made pizza myself (only helped my friend once, it was entertaining) - I always fail making dough, it never rises...:(

2:43 AM, April 15, 2009 Reply  

I just started out with my very own pizza blog and I was looking for other blogs pursuing the same interest, although I know that my niche is very limited in the amount of blogs. Anyways, good job and keep it up.

12:31 PM, June 09, 2009 Reply  

What a cute game. I love toys the help to develop the mind and creativity.

6:13 AM, July 02, 2009 Reply  

Encouragement is the best idea to improve more confidence and give strenght.

12:48 PM, July 08, 2009 Reply  

Games that stretch the mind and enhance cognitive skills are always a great gift.

9:24 AM, December 01, 2009 Reply  

Forget about the kids...I'm thinking of buying this game for my hubby. He's a pizza efficienado. New Yorker who is constantly working on and perfecting his pizza making skills.

No doubt that these types of games and kitchen playsets are great educational activities for our kids (and grandkids). Kids are always interested in learning how to cook and this looks like a fun game where they won't get burnt or cut (LOL).


1:22 AM, January 05, 2010 Reply  

I don't have kids but this sounds like quite a cool idea. Hope you'll do more of these, hun.


2:33 AM, January 13, 2010 Reply  

No doubt that these types of games and kitchen playsets are great educational activities for our kids (and grandkids). That's the perfect game a children would love to do....Its not only fun for kids but also for parents.. One should try this....

9:18 PM, May 02, 2010 Reply  

Nice toy. I'll buy it and give it for my daughter for a gift. Thanks bro for you to share this information :)

6:47 PM, May 04, 2010 Reply  

I think it's an interesting game to stimulate our children's intelligence.

2:20 AM, May 15, 2010 Reply  

Brain stimulating game that's good. With these games our kids can learn how to become a chef and can learn how to cultivate food. Very interesting. :)

8:02 PM, June 09, 2010 Reply  

What you have to say is true. Games that stimulate the brain could help intelligence. In whatever form it. Including this game. Can stimulate the children to be able to imagine being a chef.

6:18 AM, June 28, 2010 Reply  

i have a 5 year old kid who loves pizza i think this is a perfect gift for him in his birthday.

12:25 PM, July 25, 2010 Reply  

Children learn eye hand coordination and mental strategy. Children are blank slates. It is up to us as parents and family to fill them full of knowledge. Children will themselves work to develop their focus and skills as they develop and these learning games will help. I think this game is right to stimulate that skill ;) Thanks for posting

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