My family was a little bit of a card family. I grew up playing cards (bridge, sevens, hearts, spades) with my family about once a week. It was sort of our traditional Friday evening activity. While rook wasn’t introduced to my family until later in life, I certainly learned the basics of card playing while very young.
It is amazing how quickly kids can learn and grasp the strategic concepts of rook and board games or cards in general. I recently was playing with my 10 yr old nephew chess. We had only taught him the game a few weeks ago, and already I was having to pause throughout the game to really think about the best strategic moves to win the game. He had learned the game well enough that already was thinking on a high level strategically.
I am reminded of when I was younger how much I loved to compete in cards. I was a competitive kid as it was, and to have an outlet for my competitive side in something non-violent was great (not that I was trying to be violent, but just keeping myself out of trouble).
Now, years later as a parent myself, I am reminded of how important it is to teach and play cards with your kids early and often. It is such a fun activity and if you are looking for ways to add more bonding time with your children, it is a perfect activity to incorporate weekly.
Rook makes for a great game to teach your kids early. It is fun yet challenging for kids and they can grasp the concepts very early in life.
Please teach your kids so we can keep adding to our number of rook players.