Dynamite Toy Review: Uno
Dynamite Toy Reviews is a series on the blog where Owen and Malia review various learning toys and tools. Since many parents are interested in items that advance their children’s development, we’ve decided to lend a hand by providing our own unique insight. As with everything we do here at Shafer…Power!, we’ll try to have some fun with the process. (If you’re wondering what this has to do with entrepreneurism, you’ll just have to stick with us…wink wink.)
When our little boy, Owen, was around three years old I decided it was time for him to learn how to count. So, like every great parent I hung up a chart on the wall and started drilling him on his numbers. When he would start to cry, I would stop the quizzing and make him do push-ups.
Ok, so maybe he never cried and maybe there were never any push-ups. But I did hang a chart on the wall and I did use a laser pointer. Every time my wife (Kathleen) would catch me in the process, she would shake her head and say, “are you really quizzing a three-year old?”
Several months after trying Numbers Boot Camp, I overheard my brother-in-law telling a story about how his young boy (around Owen’s age) loved to play Uno and had gotten quite good at it. I immediately thought to myself, “how could that be so? How could such a young boy not only know his numbers, but actually be thriving in his learning?”
And then I remembered my wife’s famous words, ” if the kids are having fun doing an activity, they’re much more likely to stay interested and involved.”
So we took the number chart off the wall. And we started playing Uno. Sure enough, the numbers seemed to come easier to Owen and everyone was having fun in the process. But don’t take my word for it, let’s hear directly from him and Malia.
What tools have you used in teaching your children to count? Have you ever laughed (in hindsight) at your approach? When’s the last time you played Uno?
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