My family has always been big card players. When we get together we always pull out cards. We’ll have tables of people playing cards and whoever wins will rotate to the next table. When I was about 8 my grandmother taught me to play Gin Rummy. We played Uno with strategy and kept score! It’s serious business.
The story goes that when my dad was a newborn my grandmother couldn’t play cards because she’d have to nurse him at the table. (She was serious about her card playing, folks!) So, she came up with a great solution–she grabbed a box of tinfoil and placed her cards inside. She was able to see her cards secretly and still play with one hand!
She passed on this great idea to us and as kids we’d put our cards in a tinfoil box. And that’s how I taught Lydia to play cards. When she was little bitty (look how cute she was! *sniff*), I bought her My First UNO cards and Veggie Tales Go Fish. She loved it!
This is one of those simple ideas that works for cards but could be used for other stuff–flash cards? Memory verse cards? Family pictures? Reward/Behavior cards? Chore cards? It would be fun to cover it with paper, or paint it and decorate it! How cute would that be?!