- COIN ROLLING (it's really just another SGD (Dad50 #9), but deserves a slot of it's own because it's so effective)
Now, Dad U has made the observation that kids seem to come hardwired with a money-trigger (not surprising since they are just starter adults). They will literally pounce on a rolling coin or chase it till its retrieved. Interestingly, coin-chasing enthusiasm seems to track higher in proportion to increasing denomination. Hence the impact of a quarter compared to a penny.
You need to avoid playing this game where kids laughing and tackling each other might be frowned on, or there are too many pedestrians in the area (who might get trampled if they get in the way).
Here's how you play. Take note, it's complicated:
Step 1: You roll the coin.
Step 2: They run and fetch it.
Step 3: They bring it back.
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 until Mom shows up.
It's best to roll one coin for each kid. Unless you want to make it a contact sport. But that can be fun too if the big ones know who is fair game for a tackle, and who is in a green-jersey.
Dad U does not know why this game triggers such a primeval inner fascination for kids. Could be the motion of the coin rolling, the sound of a coin on marble, the opportunity to pounce, or to find something valuable that escaped their vision temporally and was "lost". Could be the competition of "full contact rolling", or the joy of getting lost in fun instead of the mindless tedium of waiting. Or, it could have something to do with the only real "rule" of the game:
When the game's over they always get to keep the coin.