Make It Six — A Game To Build Wonder and Curiosity

This post is a throwback to something I wrote six years ago, from something I was inspired to create twelve years ago with my youngest son.

I was reminded of it on a call with Kathy Jourdain, Jerry Nagel, Nancy Braggard, and some other World View Intelligence people sharing stories and learning.

The post is about encouraging wonder. It’s about interrupting narrowness. It’s about building appreciation rather than taking it away. For kids and for adults.

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Enjoy the rest of the read as inspired.

A few years back I invented a game that I started playing mostly with my youngest son, who was then six years old. It’s called, “Make It Six.” It needed a name. The point of the game is really simple — come up with six reasons why you think something is happening. It’s an interpretive, conversational game. I made it up to stretch his mind a bit when he was making rather strong judgements about people and what was happening around him. “That person is weird,” he might say because of the hat they were wearing. “Hmmm…, OK…,” I’d tell him. “Can you think of six reasons why that person is wearing that hat?” So as to not shame him, I shared that the person might just be weird (sometimes that was followed with an inquiry — what do you mean by weird).

One Reply to “Make It Six — A Game To Build Wonder and Curiosity”

  1. Love this game and the important motivations behind it. Reminds me of the Ted Lasso scene where he recommends curiosity not judgment. I’m going to use this playful version with myself and with others. Thanks for sharing (again).

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