Three-Year Olds Cheat
Three-year olds cheat. A lot. And they don’t even try to cover up their blatant rule breaking. I learned this playing a matching game with Mason tonight. He got it for Christmas and tonight after Miss Julia went to bed we spead it out on the floor.
It is a Winnie the Pooh matching card game. There are two of each card with the same picture on it. After we spread them out I told him it was his turn. He picked two cards, flipped them over, and looked at them. One had Pooh on a scooter, the other had Pooh and Piglet running. He looked up at me, “this is not a match daddy!” he said as he put one card back.
I flipped two cards over. They did not match and it was little man’s turn. He turned one card over, looked at it, and then turned over a second, and then a third, and a fourth. Until at last he found what he was looking for. He smiled and looked up at me, “it’s a match daddy! I did it!” You sure did buddy. I took another turn and we played the game like this until he got tired and curled up on the floor with his new softie (blanket).