Games of skill can enhance a child’s ability to reason, to strategize, to think differently. Games of chance, the ones we are inundated with as children, well, not so much. Take, for instance, Candyland. Sure, it’s a lot of fun, it’s colorful, it’s emotionally challenging, especially if you are sent back to near the beginning two or three times. It encourages sportsmanship and nurtures a child’s ability to win with humility and lose with dignity. (I am not a fan of the modern-softy idea of playing games without winners and losers. Learning how to be good at both is important, and too often kids are both crappy winners and losers.)
But games of skill offer children a deeper challenge. Checkers is a great example. Once children learn the rules, it’s all about strategy, how to position and jump, when NOT to move, when to get “kinged.” Tic-Tac-Toe is the same way. It’s soooo simple in concept, yet difficult to master. But when a child gets it, he or she really gets it. And the pride that goes along with a “win” strikes that resonant chord. The one that sings, “I did it all by myself!”
Combining the simplicity of Tic-Tac-Toe with wall art is a win-win, too. This particular Tic-Tac-Toe Chalkboard Wall Decal allows kids (and adults) to jam on countless games of T-T-T on a giant game board with colored chalk. When the family tires of playing, let the kids go nuts decorating the squares with their own personal graffiti. Or making to do chores lists. Or calculating their allowance for completing said chores. The possibilities are endless.
So is the decorating potential.
Imagine doing a child’s entire room in these squares. How totally ‘80s-ska that would look. And they could draw all over the place till every inch is covered. OK, maybe that’s a little nutty, but I am all in when it comes to lighting little creative fires all over the house. And this stuff is easy to clean up. So go for it. Get crazy. Play a few games of Tic-Tac-Toe with your little one. Let her win a few times while you teach her how to build her strategy. Before you know it, she’ll crush you every time.
Just don’t be a crybaby when you lose.
You can purchase the Tic-Tac-Toe Chalkboard Wall Decal at Animi Causa.