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I laughed out loud just reading these references, which is a testament to how funny this show was

@yeso thanks for this recommendation I just got two for my nephew so he doesn't hand me the bad player two controller ever again

I just finished bumbling my way through editing most of the posts in here. If I messed up anyone’s messages or you need me to edit one of them while I’m still able to edit, just yell at me about it.

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I got the controller for my son and he loves it! It’s perfect for his little hands, very responsive and one of the best built controllers I’ve ever held. That thing is sturdy and then some. Not been thrown yet but he’s also not learned what rage quitting is so there’s still time.

Thanks again @herb and @yeso for the recommendation.

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Nice editing there :wink:

I am having issues with my PC using the forum and don’t have the time to do them all on my phone without a mouse and keyboard so it’s much appreciated.

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My nephews have been really getting into games now and it’s usually the first thing they want to do whenever they come over. I have to limit them, cause it’s probably all they’d do if I let them. Here lately they only want to play Super Mario Odyssey.

One of them has really progressed rapidly. He’s found several moons in Odyssey with little or no assistance from me. Heck, he beat maybe a majority of New Donk City on his own. He’s able to utilize a lot of Mario’s kit, he can do stuff that requires multiple button presses like ground pounding and back flips. He’s even been able to remember his directions now, he knows up and down and usually remembers which way is right and which is left. I’m pretty impressed for what he can do as a four-year-old.

The other one struggles and bumbles about like I expect the typical four-year-old probably would. He runs about as he pleases and gets easily distracted. I got him to a moon last night and it took a lot of coaching for him to be able to walk under it and jump to collect it, but he was very ecstatic to finally have collected a moon of his own. I think he likes playing dress-up with Mario’s different costumes more than anything really. It’s funny to me though, he’s not able interface with the controller well but he’s more situationally aware of game mechanics than his brother, he’s typically the one to point out the solution to a problem.

The skill gap has become a bit of an issue with them. At first they were just switching taking turns whenever one of them died, but that’s no longer a fair way to split game time. The one who’s better at games has also now becomes very frustrated watching his brother struggle to do things he considers easy. I don’t like reprimanding him, but I have to or else he acts down right harsh to his brother. I thought games were fairly constructive for them at first, but I’m not liking this budding capital G gamer anger and elitism at all.

My son has not shown much interest in playing videogames himself, which is fine. He likes watching me play.

But his interest in chess has become bonkers! He’s becoming tremendously talented as well, at least for a five year old. It got to the point where I felt a sort of duty to beat him, which is an odd thing. But part of being a parent is teaching your kid how to be a good loser. Which is not fun!
He had a very negative reaction to losing, which isn’t a surprise, but I do think it’s something that he needs to learn how to do. It’s easy to be a good winner, especially when you never lose, but it’s more difficult to be a good loser. And so we’re working on that.

Complicating this is the fact that he may have gotten to the skill level where I may never beat him again. A week ago we played three games. First was a draw. The second I won, but I allowed him to roll the moves back a single move and then he beat me in three moves. The third game I had to fight and crawl just to achieve a draw.

After this, I looked to find a chess club or something like that for him. I’m finding a strange sense of duty in helping him become better at chess or at least giving him access to an environment where he can keep progressing well beyond my own skill. I did find a chess club and we went this weekend. He was the youngest kid there and so I thought he’d be very nervous and shy. And while he was shy, he overcame this very quickly once he was playing and once the lesson began. When the lesson ended, he almost cried because he just wanted to stay and keep playing chess. When we got home, he played two games of chess against himself and then played against the computer for two hours.

And I really need to stress how little I care about chess. If he never played chess again tomorrow, I would not care. But he really really fucking loves chess. So I’m doing my best to help him get as much out of the game as he wants. And who knows - in a month or year, he may never play chess again. But I kind of think this may be something he sticks with for a long, long time.

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That’s impressive, you should be proud. Like I was saying my nephews are four and can’t remember their directions yet, teaching them to move pieces in diagonals or Ls sounds like a nightmare. For the sake of my own pride I hope they don’t take up chess. Even in my old man state I’ll be able to play circles around them in video games for years and years, but the second they learn basics of chess I’m doomed.

Yeah, I was not equipped to teach him chess, haha. That’s where Storytime Chess came in. It really did a remarkable job of breaking down the game in a digestible way, and they advertise “chess at 3.”

Can easily recommend for highly critical kids:

This maze book, you can find a used copy pretty easily. Hyper-detailed physical mazes.

Translates to “Pythagoras’ Device”, which is the colloquialism for a rube goldberg machine. Kind of a Japanese Sesame Street, but has lots of good design and manufacturing segments. Good for practicing the language if you’re starting out, but legible enough even if you’re not. There are a number of them online, this episode might be a good one to get a taste.

All of Tinybop’s apps are pretty good, but we probably got the most milage out of this monster one. It’s a gussied up character creator, but the art is great and there are no ads or hidden gambling mechanisms.

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This looks right up my son’s alley!

He loves mazes and shit. Mostly he loves monster books, so I ended up just picking up the DnD Monster Manual from the library to let him pick his way through it. I think he likes considering the different strengths of these monsters in a theoretical all out monster brawl (monster mash, you could say).