My 3 year old, Gavin is a joy to play with. Each and every turn, regardless of what he draws, he reacts the same way. If he draws a card that moves him one space, he says with enthusiasm, "Aw yeah! Yellow! That's just what I wanted. I'm going to wi-in." Or "Woo hoo! Purple! You're never going to catch me Dad!" Occasionally we all draw a bad card. Getting the Candy Cane card or the Ginger Bread Man late in the game is definitely bad for your chances. When Gavin gets one of those, he is unfazed. He says not much of anything and is right back on his enthusiasm for moving one or two spaces or whatever else he gets with his next draw.
He is damn near unbeatable at Candy Land. He wins almost every game. I'm not going to delve too deep into the meta-physics of what is going on here but it certainly defies conventional logic and simple percentages which would dictate that he should win roughly one third of the time in a 3 man game. OK, so he should have a slight advantage because as the youngest, he always goes first. Still, most of his victories are by a much bigger margin than one turn. In a 4 man game with my Uncle last week, he deferred and said he wanted Uncle Billy to go first. Gavin won. Again.
I'm not making any big claims here, But Gavin's behavior during the game follows the basics of nearly every success book ever written.
- Visualize Success. He sees himself winning every game.
- Have a Great Attitude. He is cheering and happy regardless of what happens.
- Treat Challenges as Opportunities. He cheers for a card that moves him one space.