“We have to keep going if we’re going to see everything before they close,” I said over my shoulder as I began to walk towards the next zoo exhibit. “No! I wanna see chimpanzees!” My daughter, then aged 3 going on 13, stamped her foot and gave me her best look of defiance. I didn’t want to spend more than the 2 minutes we already spent looking at chimpanzees. They were boring, and besides, we still had a lot of zoo to cover. But I was also tired and hot, ...
Board games are incredible. They help us practice a number of social, mathematical, and problem solving skills. Skills that are incredibly valuable to mushy young minds. But there are times when my four year old does not have the patience for me to walk him through very structured game turns, and just wants to play with the shiny plastic bits.