Playing Games

The boys are getting to the age now that they can play games that aren’t completely maddening to an adult. Preschool games certainly have their place in learning for young children, but any grown up who has played Chutes and Ladders for any length of time knows the character building exercise it is for the parent not to cheat and miscount to avoid the very long chute that inevitably adds another 20 minutes to the game you thought was finally almost over.  Candy Land is a bit more tolerable once we established the rule that you only move forward and not backwards if you draw a picture card.  But we are moving on. A couple of weekends ago Adam taught the boys to play Jenga, and I must say that I was impressed at their caution and coordination to get as far as they did. This week Uno has been on the table. We have played this in the past and the boys love it, especially when they have “powerful” cards like Skip and Draw Two. With the exception of Gabriel who still lays his cards out some of the time, the boys are working on the art of holding a hand of cards and not letting their neighbors gaze on their hands. They want to learn poker, which they have read about in The Dangerous Book for Boys, but since they have used the deck of cards to pretend to be Gambit (a character from X-Men who throws cards, for those who don’t know) we don’t have a full deck to play with at present. Perhaps that will be next.  Isaac and Stephen are coming along nicely with spelling, so maybe it won’t be long until we can play my favorite game, Scrabble!

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About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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One Response to Playing Games

  1. Amy says:

    Boggle is a good spelling game too. 🙂 And they have kid’s editions of Scrabble.

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