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Nine doors: Sincere conversation through a game
A game which is a basis for pleasant conversation between parents and children. The cards bring up fears, sentiments and thoughts by the entire family, in a light, pleasurable setting.
YNET: 10.06.15, 15:13
A game which forms a basis for true conversation: “Nine Doors” is a new card game intended to help develop the relationship between parents and children. The game allows parents and children to create open, positive discourse revolving around many and varied subjects, and that in a playful, experience-oriented way.
Within the game, nine door cards are lying on a table, forming a square (3X3). Each participant, in their turn, opens one door, behind which a question is hiding. After the door is opened and the question exposed, the participant is required to answer it in a sincere, sharing manner.
After that it is the following participant’s turn, who repeats the same process. The first participant, who reaches a sequence of three keys of their color (similarly to Tic-Tac-Toe) is the winner.
An opportunity for family talks
The game, which was developed by Eran Hadomi, a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, contains 126 door cards, each containing questions touching sensations, thoughts and emotions on its flip side. The game provides an excellent opportunity for parents to get to know their children better.
Sample questions: “What makes a person a true friend in your opinion?”, “Draw one thing that scares you”, “What makes you laugh?”, “To which moment in life would you like to return?”, and more.
When we opened the game, I told my nine-year-old daughter that we would play once, and when occasion arises we would continue on another day. But after one time we were so delighted that we wanted to play again and again.
The questions are fun and lighthearted, it is interesting to hear the children’s answers and it’s an opportunity for family talks in a pleasant setting.
“Nine Doors” by IGS
A new game that awakes and invigorates the child to an honest and open dialogue with the parent and it does that in an interesting manner in form of a game, reminding us of “Tic-Tac-Toe”.
The game box contains 126 cards of “door cards”; on the reverse side of each one of them are questions (or tasks) related to feelings, thoughts and emotions. Every answer opens up an interesting communication channel for the player in front of you. Therefore, the game gives great opportunity for parents to get to know their children better. Sample questions: "What makes a person become a best friend?", "Tell about a weird dream you had", "Draw one thing that frightens you", "Think of one invention for the future and explain to us what it does", "What makes you laugh?", "Tell about a moment in your life, which you would like to happen again?", and more.
Suitable for Children age 5 and up.
Price: NIS 100, including shipment
May be ordered at www.igs9doors.com
Nine Doors, is the name of the card game, which had me and Emma (a quarter to five years old) enraptured.
Due disclosure – up to the birth of my youngest daughter, Hailey, I ran a complementary medicine clinic and therapeutic cards were one of the aids I used extensively in treating my patients – therefore I took an instant liking to the idea behind the “Nine Doors” game. Emma, on the other hand, was attracted by the package, which is covered by drawings of colorful, stylish doors.
The idea behind Nine Doors reminds one of the game of Tic-Tac-Toe, except that the empty squares are replaced by nine face-down cards. Three rows with three cards in each, and we can only see the doors (which in themselves inspire discourse and curiosity owing to the unique design of each and every door). Each contestant has four different key cards and they must achieve a sequence of single-colored keys in order to “win” the game.
Behind every door hides a question or a task, and the player, who opened that door, should answer the question or carry out the task to the satisfaction of their opponent. This way, not only do doors open, but also the heart, and the mouth. There is something beautiful, moving and extraordinary in the way openness between parent and child is created during the game. Yes, we believe that we know them, our children, in the best possible way, because we are their parents, and if we don’t, then who does? And yet, the game brings other qualities out of them. I, for one, was moved when I discovered how dedicated Emma was to preserve nature and to the values instilled in her in kindergarten, out of her reaction to my story on a case where I showed courage when confronted by a snake at home. I laughed when she told me that she wanted to visit Bulgaria, because it has Bulgarian cheese and I was taken aback by her emotional maturity when she told me of an issue she overcame and how she did it.
During the summer holidays, where our children go from one attraction to another, disappear into their own worlds and their whole attention is drawn to the computer screen, I am grateful for the existence of a game such as Nine Doors, which enables us, through pleasure and plenty of humor, to become acquainted with the inner worlds of these little ones, who nevertheless grow too fast.
With 126 cards displaying different doors, one of the great advantages of this game is that it can be played with a wide variety of variations. It may fit social gatherings, “mom-summer camps”, which in these days are as relevant as ever, pyjama parties or even camping trips wherein one turns away from all day-to-day distractions and concentrates in quality time with our children, and in our right to become better acquainted with their inner world. I warmly recommend. As a matter of fact I already order several such gifts for children I hold particularly close to my heart.
It is often easier to develop a conversation with the child and hear about his sensations and experiences through a game.
This time we chose to recommend two games we tried on our juniors, card games. which reinforce the parent-child relationship, allowing them to open and talk about whatever matters to them.
Although both games come with instructions, we discovered that it was very convenient to simply draw a card by chance and ask the child the question, or ask him to carry out the task.
“Nine Doors” by IGS
Suitable for children 5 and older
A new game which encourages and drives a child to sincere, open discourse with their parent in a playful way, is much alike Tic-Tac-Toe.
The game package contains 126 door cards, each carrying a question (or a task) on its flip side, having to do with sensation, thoughts and sentiments. Every answer opens a window and an interesting communication channel to the player in front of you. Therefore, the game provides an excellent opportunity for parents to better know their children. Sample questions: “What makes a person a true friend in your opinion?”, “Tell us of a strange dream you had”, “Draw one thing that scares you”, “Think of one invention which will exist in the future and tell us what it does”, “What makes you laugh?”, “To which moment in life would you like to return?”, and more.
Nine Doors – the family game which will save you from “Mommy, I’m bored” moments.
“Tell the story 'The Giant Turnip' from the beginning to the end”, “What makes you laugh?”, “Tell a secret you have never told”, “If people are mad at me, what makes me calm down is…..?”, “Imitate a figure or person from Television”, “Is there anything at school you have a difficult time with?”, “What is your Mom’s nickname for your Dad?”
These are just a few out of 126 door cards composing a new family game named Nine Doors, which includes questions from various types and worlds (thinking questions, personal questions, imagination games and more). This experience-oriented game, developed by Eran Hadomi – a clinical social worker and a psychotherapist – is intended for parents and children.
The purpose of the game is to deepen communication between them and provide a break from the day-to-day marathon and from addiction to screens. Personally, I found it to be a wonderful game also between siblings – especially during the crazed days of summer holidays, wherein it sometimes seems that the sole communication between our offspring is fights of every possible kind.
The instructions are these: you lay upon the table (or the floor, it’s more fun) nine face-down cards, which are actually nine doors. Each player received four keys of one color (red/blue). The starting participant picks a “door”, overturns it and answers the question in the fullest possible way. Only when the other player approves of the answer as satisfactory, the door may be covered by the key and one continues to the next door. We will leave it up to you to read about the scoring system in the instructions page.
This is a pleasant family game for summer, which is best reserved for boring summer holiday moments, and even placed in a suitcase prepared for the hotel. When all is said and done, chances are that during the July and August heat-waves you will find yourselves next to the air-conditioner for extended periods, looking for something to do far away from the blazing sun.
The new children’s game, Nine Doors, is a fun, pleasant game, which will give you quality time with your children, and incidentally allow you to “extract” from them things about themselves, and get to know them better.
There are days, in which I feel that I know Omer the best possible way – I know exactly how he thinks, what he likes to eat and what is the sequence of his preferred actions when he wakes up in the morning… but sometimes I feel that his little heart contains many parts, which becomes shut to me as he grows up.
Generally he is a rather introverted child, who does not tend to express feelings and sentiments, and it is regrettably true that life’s intensity does not permit us to walk in the open fields and open our hearts. I know that I miss a lot – what are his hidden wishes, how does he see himself, what irritates him in me, what does he love/hate in the way school and his friends treat him, and more.
The new game, “Nine Doors”, from I.G.S. Studios, has managed to open these hidden doors for me, without him feeling that I interrogate him and beyond that – it’s him who’s asking me to play again and again.
The rules of the game resemble those of Tic-Tac-Toe, except that the paper and pencil are replaced by double-sided cards, whose one side bears illustrated, different doors (awesome drawings”) and the other side – questions/instructions.
As the game starts, nine face-down (the door facing up) cards are lain upon the table at a 3X3 layout (just like a Tic-Tac-Toe table) and each player receives key cards of a different color.
Each player in their turn “opens a door” (turns a card over) and answer the displayed question. The formal purpose is to create a continuous row or column, and this may be the ingenuity of the game – it simply distracts the children from the “interrogation” – especially if they are competitive, such as my own kids.
There are many cards, and the questions/tasks are extremely varied – some “more serious”, including questions such as “What frightens you”, “Did you ever ask something from God” etc., and some are playful and entertaining, such as “what would you like to show an alien, who reached Earth?”, “What superpowers would you like to have”, and “imitate your partner when they are angry”.
The combination between amusing tasks and serious “interrogation” makes the game fun; it can be played for hours without noticing. You will not believe what you can find out about your children during play (the most interesting part is to see them imitating you – my kid made an imitation that on the one hand had me in stitches, and on the other made it very clear to me what was the thing I was doing, which aggravated him more than anything else.
Simply a superb game! I warmly recommend.