Oldest Son and Youngest Son have a new obsession - Tazos. Obsession began when one of Oldest Son's Mexican friends gave him one.
A Tazo is a round, flat decorative disk. The object of the game is to flick a Tazo against another Tazo to flip it. If you flip it then you get to keep the Tazo. Game protocol dictates a decision at beginning of play on whether you are playing "for keeps." It seems a lot like marbles to me.
It took us a awhile to figure out where to get the Tazos. Youngest Son first thought was "Can you order some off internet?" Google research indicated no. You get them in bags of chips (we cannot completely escape manipulative marketing directed at kids.) So yes, we bought the individual size bags of chips. We provided a base of about 4 Tazos each. Oldest Son then purchased a few more at School Bazaar last Friday and won a few that afternoon. So Youngest Son and Oldest Son had a respectable 11 each.
While talking to Oldest Son on the phone , he excitedly shared his Tazos tally for the day. First he lost 4 then he gave two to friend for assisting him on his homework then he won big - something like 15 Tazos.
Decision making. Risk taking. Negotiation. Sharing. Compromise. Winning. Losing. Disappointment. Sportsmanship. Ownership. Responsibility. Bartering. Independence. Consequences. Rewards. Losses. Giving. Strategy. Skill. An impressive list of learnings from a childhood game.
3 months ago