Lyons is a science textbook author and her textbook Conceptual Integrated Science is used both at NU and Bear River. "I have high hopes to get these games into the classroom on a national scale. I credit Nevada County with giving me the inspiration and tools to start the biz."
Adults who seek cooperative games want to raise their children to know a gentle way of living. And in learning gentleness, it is hoped that the kids will understand the joys and benefits of being peaceful, respectful, and generous as opposed to aggressive and self-seeking. In growing up with an understanding of peace and collaboration, the kids should acquire the wisdom to choose healthy egalitarian relationships, and eventually, to work effectively with others in their occupations.
Examples of two of the many games that can be found on her website.
Shop at the Farmer's Market. Customers and vendors want to get what they need in a fair and fun exchange. Discuss, plan, and problem-solve together so the Farmer's Market is a great place to be! This game is good for teaching kids about business and money as well as choosing healthy, local food. Ages 6 to 12 plus an advanced game for older players.
Move a bumblebee around the garden. If you land on a yoga space, it's time to do a yoga pose or make up one of your own! This cooperative game is a fun learning tool that helps children play and learn yoga, which strengthens the body and calms the mind. By those wonderful yoga educators at Yoga Kids. Beautiful game! Ages 4 & Up.