If you didn’t grow up playing Dutch Blitz you missed out and I highly recommend you grab a deck of cards to play with your kids.
This is one of those games that has so many educational benefits and kids don’t even notice!
The game is a simple concept, you are basically building piles of cards from 1 through to 10 but there is a speed factor and a few piles you are grabbing cards from plus if you keep score (which we don’t do when the kids are just learning) concepts like multiplication, addition and negative numbers come into play.
So much learning while having a “vonderful goot” time.
With the end of winter we’ve come out of hibernation and have drastically reduced our screen time. One of the things I want to do with the kids this summer is teach them all kinds of old school games – hopscotch, jacks, skipping games, etc.
Yesterday morning I set out to teach the kids cat’s cradle, it’s amazing how something you haven’t done for 20 years can come back so quickly. I was surprised to find that Ephraim was the child that was the most interested in it and we ended up playing for about 20 minutes.
There are so many bits to our day that I was unable to share today but’s it’s been a good practice for me to stop and pay attention to what we are doing. Some days we take a more unschooling approach than other days, today was one of those days.
One thing Raeca started working on yesterday is her own junior version of the Robinson Crusoe game that we have so she can play it on her own. 🙂 I love that.
Other bits I didn’t get to show: playing Old Maid and Guess Who, lots of basketball – including a little bit with some friends, a few other books we read together, spending time with their Dad . . .
I hope to make this a monthly feature so I’ll continue to share regular snapshots daily and then next month I’ll try to do a full day in the life again!
I really have no idea what the rules all are to the game but they are having a lot of fun. I especially like to see the creativity because we are missing one piece from Rush Hour Shift and as a result it can no longer be played so it’s nice to see them making some use out of the pieces.