19 October 2006

Hacking your favorite games so they're easier for young kids to play

Jill hacks the game of 'Go Fish'!

It's potty training boot camp here today, and my son and I are playing all sorts of games while we're home.  He pulled out a card memory game (actually a game of Go Fish) and I simplified it this way:

Place two of each picture face down on the table, then take turns turning one card up.  If it matches one already face up, that person gets to keep the pair.  He's learning to search for the match, but not having to remember where it was face down.  We sometimes do memory games with only two or three matches, but today I'm looking for activities that will take a while longer.

As for potty training, we're using the method suggested by Chris, a mother of seven, at In the Trenches of Motherhood.  It's 1:00 pm and only one pair of underpants are in the washer, only about 15 M&M's consumed...  Wish us luck.

That reminds me of a little game hack we enjoy -- we like to get out the Scrabble board and build big collections of words with no turn-taking and no point-counting.

Any game hacks you'd like to share?

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