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The joys (and learning benefits) of pinball!!

If you were you a pinball kid – you’ll probably understand and enjoy this post.

If you have kids – here’s how pinball can actually help kids learn life skills. Yes, I’m serious!!

Before home video games – pinball was a common amusement. There is a juvenile joy to the flashing lights and the noises and the physicality of the game.

nugent pinball

I was keen to show my son the old-school joys of pinball and so I took him to a nearby café that had a vintage pinball machine.

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He loved playing pinball.

I don’t know if it was beginner’s luck but he kicked my butt.

I wasn’t even trying to let him win – as I sometimes do – he was just so much better. Better reflexes? Better instinct?

He sure plays a mean pinball!

At first I explained to him that I needed to warm up and get back my old Jedi pinball skills.

T pinball

(Hey – give me time for my Jedi pinball skills to warm up!)

I truth I never was that good at it – but I enjoy the game

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(Dad enjoying pinnies back in the 80s!)

Then when that “warming up” excuse wore out – my son delighted in  scoring lots of points as he placed the ball in the bonus “hole” (I should know the proper professional terminology).

“Don’t get cocky, kid!” I warn (borrowing from a line from one of our favourite films Star Wars)

“Is there a Star Wars video game?” he asks showing off how he can talk to me and look over at me  – as his score kept mounting up.

My pinball victory!

Still, I had my little victory too – as the ulterior motive of our visit was to help him with his maths. His teacher said my son  needed to work on his multiplication and division  – so I was using my Jedi stealth teaching techniques.

I love how this old school amusement also has a retro cost – 2 x 20c pieces.

pinball 40c

So….

“OK – how many 20c pieces will we get for $1?”

After we work out that $1 is 100c  – the answer – “5!”

“How many games will we be able to play? Remember -1 game costs 2 x 20 cents. You’ll get some change – how much left over?”

“2 games. 1 x  20c left over!”

From my experience, kids can pay attention and work out “maths” problems if they have a reason to do so.

Of course, you can encouraging kids to do work out maths problems without using pinball.

I just found pinball was a great win for both of us. We’re both having fun – he’s applying some maths – I’m telling my wife I’m helping my son with his maths (not playing pinball!) Triple win!

As my son gets so immersed in the game – I have to console myself by getting an early start on our Oreo Milkshake.

oreo milkshake

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(You just keep on playing son – take as long as you want!)

My pinball skills may be rusty – but my stealth teaching skills  (making learning fun and memorable) are working OK this day.

And, if he does well in his maths tests – guess where we’ll be going for a reward?

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The place we visited is Southside Tea Room in Morningside, Brisbane. I’m not connected with the place in any way. I’m just a  big fan! I see lots of creative types writing on their laptops as they listen to the cool music and enjoy the food and beverages. I have a feeling, I’ll be a regular there!

http://www.facebook.com/SouthsideTeaRoom?fref=ts

Here’s an earlier post about this place:

https://sentimentalasanything.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/were-you-a-pinball-kid/

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Were you a pinball kid?

Were you a pinball kid?

Do you light up when you see an old pinball machine?

I must say, I got excited when I saw this vintage pinnie at a café in Bris-Vegas.

pinball

It was funny – there was a mum with her daughter at another table and I could tell the mum was getting exited at showing her daughter the joys of pinball. I’m sure  the mum was more exited than the daughter.

I’m definitely going to bring my son to this café –  because he is always asking me about how things were “in the olden days”.

I can’t wait for him to experience the joys of pinball – the lights, the sounds, the physicality of operating the flippers!

Plus, I might stand a chance at beating him at this old-school game. He is sooooo good at his home video games.

We went to a great 80s exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and my  son couldn’t believe that dad’s generation used to have to visit milk bars of corner shops to play video games.

pinball close up

 

southside school desk

This café Southside in Brisbane seemed to be into re-purposing and recycling  as well as retro – using old school desks and café tables – and even an old door as a café bench!

school desk cafe table

door bench

Warning – if you are going to play retro pinnies you have to come prepared.

This old machine only takes 2 x 20c pieces – not $1 and $2 coins like more modern machine! I love it when even the prices are retro!

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Were YOU a pinball kid?

Were you a pinball kid?

Do you light up when you see an old pinball machine?

I must say, I got excited when I saw this vintage pinnie at a café in Bris-Vegas.

pinball

It was funny – there was a mum with her daughter at another table and I could tell the mum was getting exited at showing her daughter the joys of pinball. I’m sure  the mum was more exited than the daughter.

I’m definitely going to bring my son to this café –  because he is always asking me about how things were “in the olden days”.

I can’t wait for him to experience the joys of pinball – the lights, the sounds, the physicality of operating the flippers!

Plus, I might stand a chance at beating him at this old-school game. He is sooooo good at his home video games.

We went to a great 80s exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and my  son couldn’t believe that dad’s generation used to have to visit milk bars of corner shops to play video games.

pinball close up

 

southside school desk

This café Southside in Brisbane seemed to be into re-purposing and recycling  as well as retro – using old school desks and café tables – and even an old door as a café bench!

school desk cafe table

door bench

Warning – if you are going to play retro pinnies you have to come prepared.

This old machine only takes 2 x 20c pieces – not $1 and $2 coins like more modern machine! I love it when even the prices are retro!

_______________________________________

If you enjoyed this post – Let’s connect:

If you found this post interesting you can follow me and connect with me.

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Or you can click to follow this blog.

Cheers,

Tony