Yahtzee - an Educational Game?
Education can be "hidden" in a lot of toys and games. When you think of educational toys and games for your children don't overlook some of the obvious ones. Today we will talk about Yahtzee, most say it is all in the luck of the roll. That maybe true but there is some logic involved as well. Do you use four ones for your four of a kind or do you try for sixes instead. Do you go for your large straight when you have a 2, 3, 4, 5, or do you try in when you have a 1, 2, 4, 5? But besides the logic there is basic addition.
Learning to count by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 6's. Then of course you need to total up the score. The game of yahtzee doesn't take long and even if you are playing with a younger child that cannot add up the final scores just the exposure to counting by 2's and 5's for example will help them understand math concepts later on. Yahtzee is also great because it doesn't matter how many players you have, and you can even play by yourself and try to top your best score. Then you must not forget the sheer pleasure of spending time with your children doing something enjoyable.
Children flourish when attention is spent on them. You don't have to plan an expensive trip to the amusement park to spend quality time with your children, just doing something that is enjoyable to both of you and giving them your attention is often enough. Start your children young introducing them to different concepts such as addition, reading, etc. Young children love to learn and you will most often find a willing pupil that is excited to learn new things, especially when it is their favorite teacher instructing them, you.
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