As a Kid we all played different types of games. If we were to recollect the different type of games every one will remember his or her favorite game either the outdoor or the indoor type. Now a days with the advent of technology the indoor version of the games are out beating the outdoor counterparts thanks to I Pads, Nintendo’s, Xbox’s and what not. But in my childhood days we used to play the well-known Board games, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders and Monopoly. They all used to be great fun, if I have to advocate a game for kids to play I would advocate the game of Snakes and Ladders. Assuming everyone knows about Snakes and Ladders I still would give a brief description of the game
Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian board game regarded today as a worldwide classic. It is played between two or more players on a game board having numbered, gridded squares. A number of “ladders” and “snakes” are pictured on the board, each connecting two specific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate one’s game piece, according to die rolls, from the start (bottom square) to the finish (Top Square), helped or hindered by ladders and snakes respectively.
Looks like a fun game of course, but Snakes and Ladders as a game presents the reality of life to young kids who are too young to realize the hidden truth in the game. The game combines the element of rolling the dice and presents ladders and snakes as ups and downs equivalent to the act of setting a goal and keep working towards the goal in spite of the little success and hurdles experienced on the way until the goal is achieved. The essence of life explained so elegantly in a board game. I endorse the game for generations and generations to come.
The elements of probability are all at work in the game Snakes and Ladders. The outcome of a dice the probability of landing a ladder or a snake in your path and of course the probability of going to your destination with no big ladders or a big snake in your way. The game of Snakes and Ladders can be compared to a specific situation in your life or life as a whole where ever you want to apply it the concepts do apply. After all one’s life path is because of the decisions one makes and the rolling of the dice can be compared to the decision taken in one’s life and the outcome of the dice in real life a combination of several factors and not due to mere luck as in the game.