Friday, July 12, 2013

Turn Off Technology and Play Some Cards

EcoYogini shares some non technology summer activities...

(The living area at my parents cottage. I remember when dad was nailing the cedar wall planks up when I was little! It took until I was in university before we had proper closed in stairs- I have since learned that building stairs by hand can be tricky)

When I was five years old my parents built a camp. Ok, it was more like, "started the 25 year process of building a summer cottage that was originally supposed to be a hunting camp and turned out to have plumbing, electricity, laundry and in the past 5 yrs satellite tv and cell phone signal".  hah. But, after the initial help of friends, every part of my parents summer cottage was carefully constructed and lovingly built by my father (with my mother as important assistant). We were never rich, what you see is the result of 25 years of by hand carpentry and hard work.
(My parents cottage built mostly by dad and his friends. The "scarecrow" was my parents' solution to stopping the geese from pooping on the lawn... lol And yes, dad made the adirondack chairs as well :) )

Every summer, after lobster fishing ended the last week of May, we began the process of moving up to "the camp" for the summer. I spent my summer years without tv (the satellite, like I said, came MUCH later), laptops, internet or any other technological device.

Instead, I grew up playing in the forest, climbing trees, capturing frogs and lightning bugs (fyi they don't actually survive the night in a jar as "nightlights"), swimming and playing kick the can and 'twice around the camp' with other camp kids.

(me a few years ago getting a marshmallow ready for s'mores. This was the firepit I grew up with, by my parents finally made a beautiful space with stones dad brought in himself)
In the evenings we often had campfires, made s'mores and spider wieners and would all move inside to play cards. My first memories are playing "Janitor" (the parent friendly name for a**hole), Bid Whist, War, Crazy Eight, Uno, Skip-boo, Gin and regular Rummy, Hearts... the list goes on.

(My mom took this gorgeous photo a few years back- the lake in front of our cottage)

Just recently I can say with certainty that I have turned into my parents. As us kids played cards, crokinole and board games, they played Cribbage. Andrew and I played last night (I whupped his butt).

(We even spent a few winters there- homemade icecream, ice skating and sledding! This is a photo my mom took of her clothesline covered in snow during a weekend trip up to the camp in January)

What card games teach kids:

  • Teamwork and cooperation (if you play a partner game like Bid Whist)
  • Losing is ok (it happens!)
  • Winning is ok (also, this happens!)
  • Addition (yay math!)
  • Strategy (most card games are about strategy)
  • How to be competitive without alienating friends
  • That you can have fun with something as simple as a deck of cards

So instead of turning on the tv, laptop, Ipad or other piece of technology over these summer evenings, buy a deck of cards, a board game, a Cribbage board OR if you're feeling adventurous a Crokinole board!


(My dad fishing off the warf- that he has to rebuild every few years)

4 comments:

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

My husband is super into games of all kinds, which means I get to play a lot of games with him. For Christmas last year, we had our kids make illustrated guides to card games for young kids and gave them to all our relatives. In a few years, we plan to add to them with more difficult card games.

Five Seed said...

LOVE. My favorite childhood memories are the weekends we spent in Grandpa's cabin near Big Bear, playing cards every night. Super fun!

Mindful Echo said...

In highschool my friends and I spent almost every lunch hour playing round after round of a**hole, spoons, hearts, etc. Cards are so fun.

Christy said...

I admit that I am not an avid game player. competition is a hard one for me and I much prefer cooperative games. My husband loves games and luckily my kids get a big dose from him. But I do remember having fun laying Uno as a kid, with six or seven people sitting around a table, needing two or three decks of cards to play.

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