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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.


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Nov. 21st, 2016 11:06 pm (UTC)
I think that games teach kids a lot of things. And one of those things is how to lose, and that that's a really useful thing to be able to do.
Nov. 21st, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
That's a fabulous game!!

I remember distinctly when I was six, my dad sat me down and told me I was now old enough to learn gin rummy "both the game and how to play which are really two different things". He taught me the rules and trash talk. I now play every day on my phone or tablet and hear his voice every single time.

As a family, we were very big on I Doubt It (card game) and Yahtzee. We would have massive family tournaments.

Your entry just sent me back for a moment of spirited competitive trash talking bliss. Thank you.
Nov. 21st, 2016 11:38 pm (UTC)
When my son was little, he invented an awesome board game for a school assignment. It was called Roller Coaster King, and combined his fascination with roller coasters and his competitive spirit.
Nov. 22nd, 2016 12:12 am (UTC)
That's a great idea for a game!
Nov. 22nd, 2016 01:56 am (UTC)
That sounds like a lot of fun!
Nov. 22nd, 2016 12:24 pm (UTC)
Unrelated, but you never really wrote about Hillary losing the election. I know you said you were a fan of hers, just curious on your thoughts on Our new Overlord and the future.
Nov. 22nd, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
Making up your own games is a pretty clever thing for a child to do, especially something so educational too!!
Nov. 22nd, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC)
That's impressive that she made up a new game! She sounds like a smart kid!
Nov. 22nd, 2016 08:27 pm (UTC)
that game sounds great :)
Nov. 23rd, 2016 03:13 am (UTC)
That's very creative of her, and it sounds like a fun game!
Nov. 25th, 2016 06:16 am (UTC)
That great. Games are valuable on so many levels. Here's an article about how games help people be more successful http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/how-family-game-night-makes-kids-into-better-students/374525/

What does Olive do when you're playing cards with Josie?
Nov. 26th, 2016 03:11 am (UTC)
oh, we give her a few cards. sometimes she takes a "turn" where she takes a card and puts another one down. she can find matches, so she happily declares when they match. she plays her own game. it interjects a bit of randomness into ours, like all things involving a toddler.
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