eeBoo Good Manners Flash Cards reviewed
Posted on June 1st, 2011
Since we’ve been talking about manners, I thought I might review the eeBoo Good Manners flash cards. I bought these cards because 1) I thought they would amuse/annoy M (they did!) and also 2) P loves flash cards just as much as I do. We have dinosaur flash cards, letter flash cards, Brain Quest flash cards (most of which were gifts: I really am not that mom). I don’t push them on her, but she likes to bring them out.
The eeBoo cards are great, though. They cover the very basics of polite behavior: napkins in laps, say thank you, excuse me, “May I please be excused,” things like that. There are other cards which help with sensitivity issues: if you hurt someone’s feelings, if you are late, that sort of thing.
The recommended ages are three and up, although she wasn’t interested in them until recently. (This jibes with what I’ve read about teaching children table manners: around 4 they will start to mimic you, so it’s not worth investing too much time teaching/harping on the rules beforehand.)
Were they necessary for P? Probably not. She’s sensitive (a wee bit too much) and very rules oriented. Still, I like them as jumping off points for conversations.
One last word in defense of flash cards of any type: they’re nice to stash in the bag I carry all over town, so that when we’re in the park or on the train and she’s getting antsy, we have something to work on together – easy to pick up, and easy to quit when she’s tired.