Daughter: "Mum, can we play battleships when we get home?"
Mum: "Sure! That sounds like a great idea!"
once home and settled, I began to get out some paper and pencils
Daughter: "What are you doing Mum?"
Mum: "You wanted to play battleships didn't you?"
Daughter: "Yes, but you play it on the computer!"
Mum: "No you don't, you play it on paper."
Daughter: "I played it at school on the computer."
Mum: "Oh! Well would you like to know how to play it on paper?"
Daughter: "Yes, please!"
I think that shows the difference in our generations! I never even thought about playing Battleships on the computer - not having played since I was a child, and that was always on paper!
However, our daughters were both happy to play on paper - and we found they really enjoyed this simple game.
Once we started to play, I found our 7 year old had no problems at all - I guess she had played it at school earlier that day, but the concept was fine for her to understand.
Our 5 year old however hadn't seen a grid like this before - with numbers down one side and letters across the top, so all of that had to be explained. She had to run a finger down from the letter at the top, and across from the number at the side, to find the square she was looking for, whereas the 7 year old could do it just with her eyes! Interesting difference!
Basically you take turns, 'orally' firing bombs into squares on each other's grids to try and hit their ships. Once you hit all the squares that make up a ship, that ship is sunk.
By the end of one game, both girls understood the game completely and were having a great time; especially making the noises of bombs exploding as they hit various ships, and then the 'Glug Glug Glug' sound as ships were sunk!
There was even a movie (Battleship) released in 2012 loosely based on this game!
Do you remember playing battleships as a child? Does anyone else still play the pencil and paper version? or do your kids play online?
I also made a set of Battleships folders for my girls which they enjoy using to play this game - with paper and pencils!)
The tutorial also has a link to a free downloadable Battleships grid!