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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-23-2019, 12:22 AM
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I'm not sure what you are looking for but wooden puzzle toys like the Tower of Hanoi cover the younger children as a stacking toy and then later can be used for them to develop think ahead thought processes. These can also be painted to teach colors and marked with numbers to teach basic counting. Take it one step farther and make each disk a different shape so they can also learn their basic shapes.

I know they are trying to incorporate more hands-on toys into the market. We have 2 great-granddaughters living with us, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, and I got them a dog and a cat and a motorcycle and truck that they can take apart with screwdrivers and wrenches. It helps develop the older one's motor skills and has taught the younger one how to count the screws and hide them. So the older one will be ready to join the blue-collar workforce on an assembly line and the younger one will clearly hold a white-collar position shaving pennies off of manufacturing processes at a major corporation.
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I have to take inhalants twice a day, so play solitaire while doing that. Get some of my best ideas while doing it. Well, suddenly struck me as a possible answer to my grandson and his idiot video games. I have a small travel chess set, that I have had for years, and never even took out of the package - no one to play with anymore. I am going to give that to him, and tell him that chess is the original war game. Hope it takes, because then he will have to actually think, remember things, plan ahead, and I don't know what all else. I'll even print out a set of rules and moves for him. Don't know if it will take with him, but figure it is worth a shot. I used to play a lot of chess, especially while in Thailand. Never was great, altho did win a lighter in a military tournament in Germany. But win or lose, it is a great game. Yay solitaire. If this works, will either buy him a nice set, or make one for him.

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Hands on stuff really works. The original shape game is tanagrams
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Possible success. Gave my grandson the small travel chess set, and printed instructions on Saturday. Told him it was the oldest war game on earth, and he seemed interested. Texted the son today and asked about it. He said that yes, the grandson is interested, and they are going to play together. Asked him to keep me advised, and that if the interest continues I'll buy a nice set, and a board, for them. I think it will be good for both of them, and certainly will relieve some of my stress also.

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