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Opinion

November 15, 2013

LEVINE: Dust off those old board games

With the constant distraction of cellphones, computers and iPads, sometimes it’s nice to have a toddler’s perspective on what truly is entertaining.

As mentioned a few weeks ago, we moved to a new home. Since that move, we’ve uncovered many treasures that were boxed away and haven’t been seen for years.

My 3-year-old daughter knows about the interactive games on the various electronic gadgets sitting around the house. When we found the boxes filled with board games, she was much more intrigued about those than the subtle glow excreting from the iPad.

There was Hungry, Hungry Hippo, Memory, Sorry, Candy Land and more. Some of these games she has played in the past, but in our constant pursuit of packing everything away, we hadn’t seen some of them for months.

And in 3-year-old-child time, that’s almost an eternity.

We busted out Memory first. The last time we played this game, my daughter didn’t have a clue. Sure, she was less than 2 years old, but I was expecting nothing less than a memory savant.

Now, a little more than a year later, she could actually play (maybe that’s why the directions say for ages 3 and older). We battled through the first game, and after the final count, I came out victorious.

We battled again and much like a typical toddler, she lost interest. I didn’t understand why, and when I questioned why she wasn’t trying anymore, she became disgusted with me and ran upstairs to tell Mom.

Unfortunately, that means about as much trouble for me as it used to be with my actual mom, so I had to apologize for expecting the best out of my daughter, before we ventured back downstairs, this time to go head-to-head in Pop the Pig.

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