May you find the Perfect Shoe! xxx
Mostly offline, but trying.
After watching us play games with Biggie last night, Otto demanded a game too. Specifically, she demanded Halli Galli.
There were some very important rules for me to learn, playing with her.
What I call plums, she calls love hearts.
What I call limes, she calls plums.
Fortunately, we agree on strawberries and bananas.
The game went like this:
She would play.
I would play.
Eventually, one of us would play a 5. When she noticed, she would clap and cheer.
Otto: "Five!! Hooray!!"
Me: "What do we do when there is a five?"
Otto: "We ring the bell. Yay!!"
Sometimes, though it was my turn.
Otto: "There's five, mummy. You have to ring the bell. It is your turn."
Then there was excitement. I had 2 strawberries facing up, and she played the five of strawberries.
Otto: "Oh no! That's more than five!"
[I play my next card - one "plum" - on top of the two strawberries]
Turns out, she understands the concept of subtraction - there are claps and cheers for the five remaining strawberries (which I persuaded her to take).
A little later, I played a two of "love hearts" to her three.
Me: "How many do 3 and 2 make?"
Otto: *gasp* "Five! You need to ring the bell!"
Otto: "After this can we play Catch the Match? And after Catch the Match, can we play Blink? And after Blink, can we play Make 'n' Break?"
We called the game a tie, eventually. There's only so much co-operative play one person can take.
Did it work as an activity for her? Yes, definitely. She had a great time.
Did it work as a game? Well, no. For starters, she's not really adding numbers yet - we had to count them out. More importantly, though, she's not very keen on playing competitively - well, not most games, anyway.
We'll enjoy playing this properly with her in about a year's time - but for now, it's a fun activity as long as we don't let it go on for too long.