Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 29: Game Day

Will has made up his own card game, complete with cards he drew himself. The game very much resembles Stratego, except that unlike Stratego, I understand it. In fact, I believe it was my inability to comprehend the rules of Stratego that forced Will to create a game I'm actually able to play.

Anyway, he made up the game yesterday afternoon, and we've been playing it nonstop ever since.

I love that Will makes up his own games. I love that 78% of the rules for his game make perfect sense, and the 22% of the rules that don't make sense to me don't make sense to anyone else, either, including Will. I love the fact that Will's a self-starter, an imaginative thinker, a creative human being.

And that is why I keep playing the game. It is tempting to burst into flames instead. It's tempting to melt into a puddle of dust. But I don't. I say, "Yes, sure, I'd love to play again." Because I want him to keep making up games and drawing cards and coming up with rules that make sense 78% of the time.

And, okay, it's the only game I can beat anyone in this house at. There's that, too.

7 comments:

Pom Pom said...

I've noticed that kids are enjoying making up games more than ever before. I like that, too!
I'm ready for your "A Childlike Christmas" post tomorrow! Yahoo!

wayside wanderer said...

Will sounds like an interesting guy. And you are a great mom.

Gumbo Lily said...

Smart Will.
Smart Mom.
The nut didn't fall far from the tree, eh?

Tracy said...

That's quite a skill. I spent some time road-testing games made up by Year 4 & 5 students over the last few weeks. These are 10 and 11 year old students. Some kids never really get what it means to make up a game that other people can actually play.

Will is quite a clever lad. A fellow my Yr 4/5's would've loved to have had in their small groups!

Betty said...

Making is so much more rewarding than buying and it looks like your son has learned this from you and put it into practice in a really fun way.

magsmcc said...

You are so great! He is so great! Have you read Gladsome Lights' Childlike Christmas post- paragraph on Advent asceticism made me think of you! Grand finale coming up- yahay!

The dB family said...

Good for you on encouraging him in his game making! You never know, he might make a best selling game yet! Hooray for a game you can win at too. I'd like a game like that too :o).

Blessings!
Deborah