While I often times eschew technology related to our children – I don’t like my kids watching TV, I don’t let my kids get on an ipad very much. I understand that if we limit those things, we need to provide others. Or we need to provide our time to interact with them.
Card games are a good way to do that.
My dream is that when they get a bit older, 9,10 or so, that they want to play these games with their friends as a simple, fun, competitive way to interact face to face and see emotions in real life.
I’ve picked out two games which I think could be fun. I may not get into the full set of rules, but I’ll link the sites I got them from in the show notes. Show notes also available on youtube.
The first game is called California speed. The rules are pretty simple and the game goes fast. It’s for 2 players.
You’ll need a full deck of cards. Each game takes a few minutes.
Shuffle a deck of cards. Deal all the cards out between two players, so each player ends up with half the deck. The object of the game is to get rid of all your cards. Whoever does so first wins the game.
You put down 4 cards face up. Between you and your opponent, there will be 8 cards up. If there are any that match, like two Kings, you take cards from your hand and you place them over the kings (again, face up). You keep on going until your out of cards or there are no matches on the table. If there are no matches you pile up the 4 piles in front of you (not your opponents 4) and add them to the bottom of your hand. It can get going fast!
The second game is Spoons.
You need a deck of cards and a bunch of spoons – one less spoon than the number of players.
For 5 people playing you’d gather up all the 2s,3s,4s,5s,6s.
Sit in a circle. Spoons in the middle. And deal 4 cards to each player.
The goal is to collect 4 of a kind.
And you do so by passing a card to the person on your left. Critical rule, make sure people are passing their card BEFORE they pickup the next one. Once you collect 4 of a kind, you grab a spoon, and the last person without a spoon has to sit out the next round.
We’ll catch you tomorrow.