Good deeds and hard work help to climb the ladder. Wrong turns and mistakes send you flying down the ladder. Chutes and Ladder game description: Climb up and slide down in the exciting game of ups and downs, Chutes and Ladders! You and the character on your pawn can see the square marked 100, but it’s not so easy to get there. If you land on a good deed, you can shimmy up a ladder, but land on the wrong spot and you’ll shoot down a chute! Spin the spinner to see how many spots you’ll move. Will your new spot send you down or move you up, up, up? Slip, slide and see if you can win at Chutes and Ladders!
First of all, there is no memory of playing this game as a kid. Research time, find the game and then find someone that is willing to play the game with me. Reading the description was a surprising metaphor for life. Good deeds require you to climb the ladder. Work is involved in doing “good”. Now land on the “wrong” spot and you lose all your hard work and have to slide down the ladder and start again (mistakes)…interesting.
Skip ahead – three days.
Finally found time to open the box. There is always childhood joy opening a new board game. Tonight, I found no partner to play with, however, decided to sit down and just play alone and find out how long it takes to win the game. The board is interesting as the drawings depict good healthy choices and mistakes. After 38 successful spins and moves, this archery parent is currently on spot 20 of 100. Enough about the game, how does this relate to archery? More importantly, how does this relate to being an archery parent?
If it was the “Archery Parents” version of Chutes and Ladders, here is what the game spaces would depict: The Ladders
Board Spot # 1 – Plant a seed of encouragement =spot #38
Board Spot # 4 – Ensure your archer says thank you to the coach always and often = #14
Board Spot # 9 – Offer to help the coach or ask if there is anything you can do = #31
Board Spot #21 – Celebrate small goals of success with excitement = #42
Spot #28 – Let mistakes be learning lessons for growth even in disappointment = #84
Spot #36 – Be willing to help another youth archer succeed = #44
Spot #51 – Let archery life not affect “real” life = #67
Spot #71 – Teach it is better to give than to receive – Give of self = #91
Spot #80 – Allow your archer to enjoy archery no matter the score = #100
Classic Chutes and Ladders game challenges you to scramble to the top of the gameboard without slip-sliding down! Land on good deeds to climb ladders! Watch out for the slide! The first player to reach the 100 square wins!
Next blog, the “chutes” for archery parents and those slippery slopes will be added to the “Archery Parents” Chutes and Ladders.