I recently taught Ebi-kun how to play rummy but one of the problem he has (like most kids I think) is holding the cards, so I was chuffed when I spotted this idea via pinterest. So simple, just get two CD's and some super glue. Put some glue around the centre hole and stick together but make sure there is an offset, if they are completely aligned it will be difficult to put the cards in. If you click through to the post there is a full tutorial.
Once the glue is dry you are ready to play. Genius!
One thing I won't tolerate is a bad loser, of course losing is crap and no-one wants to lose but I won't stand for tantrums and screaming if someone loses. I used to teach a 9 year old who did just that whenever she lost something in class, it was awful. So when Ebi-kun got to that point where he understood winning and losing, maybe about 3 or 4 we introduced 'good sportsmanship'. Whenever we play a game, the loser has to shake hands with the winner and congratulate them in the same vein the winner has to say commiserations to the loser. The winner is allowed to celebrate (usually with a happy dance) but not allowed to gloat.
Ebi-kun has got to the point where he is really competitive so having this really helps, even though there are sometimes tears and sulks generally the good sportsman rule works a treat.
Do you have any tips and tricks for encouraging good sportsmanship, please share in the comments.