November 21st, 2016

planet

jo-go-fish

I've been teaching Josie card games. I have this philosophy, not scientifically tested at all, that games teach kids persistence that they will need for success later in life. Does that make sense? I mean we all get to this point in life where we realize we are not going to be the CEO celebrity president who wins everything, somebody is better than us, we are going to win and lose, but the game is still worth playing for the sake of it. I think a lot of kids deal with this in high school or college.

I attribute a lot of my success to the fact that I'm competitive, I grew up playing games with my family all the time, I thought maybe the two were linked.

I digress... Josie made up a card game, it's totally fun and I was so proud of her! We have two variations of it but our favorite is Jo Go Fish.

It's like go fish, you get five cards, when it's your turn you ask people for cards and if they don't have it you draw two.

Instead of pairs though, you have to put down a one big card, and other cards that add up to it.

Aces can be 1 or 14, Jokers are zero. Jack Queen King are 11, 12, 13.

So you could put down 2, 3, and 5 as a set. Or 8, 3, Ace and Queen.

If you totally run out of cards you get to draw three more fresh ones. We keep playing until there are no more cards in the take pile. At the end whoever has the most sets down wins.

I love that she made up a game and it's helping her with her addition, all the way up to 14 requires getting the fingers out sometimes for a first grader, but it's a blast and she wins a lot.