It’s been pretty crazy in this post COVID-19 world. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and we’ve been sheltering in place for over a month now. As I adjust to having the kids home due to school closures and still trying to work a full time job, there’s been little time for game making.
On the other hand, there has been ample time for game playing with the kids.
We’ve been spending a lot of afternoons in the front yard where there is a stone path to the gate. One of the days, I decided to teach my 5 year old how to play some of the Morris games progressively. Using chalk, I drew a 3 Men’s Morris board on one of the stones, then 5 Men’s Morris on the next one, and finally 9 Men’s Morris.
We played each game starting with the simplest.
As in the time of ancient days, the Morris games are a great way to pass the time. The simple rules and setup make it easy to sketch out a board and play using found objects.
My daughter loved it and I imagine there will be more Morris games in our future. In the midst of all the uncertainly, it’s nice to find the silver linings.