The Six-Year-Old plays checkers

Although she’s only ever played checkers while waiting for a table at Cracker Barrel, my daughter is a master checker player.

(Typing that it occurs to me that perhaps we spend too much time at Cracker Barrel. Hmm. Well, something to contemplate later. Right now I have a post to do.)

During the recent polar vortex, The Six-Year-Old decided that she was no longer content with only being able to play checkers outside Cracker Barrel. She wanted to play it while huddled around our radiator at home.

Sadly, while we have a board, it had been separated from its checkers pieces during an unfortunate moving incident. So we improvised.

The Six-Year-Old, triumphantly: “This checkers with buttons is fun. But checkers with cookies would be even better.”

Eureka! I’ll know it’s time to stop going to Cracker Barrel when they replace their regular checkers pieces with chocolate chunk and chewy chocolate meringue cookies.

The Six-Year-Old, aghast: “Are you crazy?”

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to The Six-Year-Old plays checkers

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    I used to but now Baby and I play close the box or crazy eights.


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