Ruby on Rails: Creating child objects

I’m sure this is a very simple question, but I’m just a newbie so…

I have a model, Game, which has_many :piles. Pile, in turn, has_many :cards. I’m able to populate the Piles and Cards at creation of the Game, so my code at present looks something like:

class Game < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :piles

  def after_create
    1.upto(4) do |num|"game_id" => id, "contents" => "c_type_#{num}")

class Pile < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :cards
  belongs_to :game

  def after_create
    1.upto(10) do |num|"pile_id" => id, "value" => num)

class Card < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :pile

Now this is all very well, but it feels wrong to be passing "game_id" => id when ActiveRecord knows that game_id is the foreign key and should refer to the parent game. But if I leave it off, the foreign key ends up unset. Is there a better way to do this?

(For a bonus, probably simpler, question; suppose Game also has_one :monkey. How best do I create the monkey from within the Game model?)

Instead of:"game_id" => id, "contents" => "c_type_#{num}")


piles.create("contents" => "c_type_#{num}")

It tries saving the created pile straight away. Or, if you really need that no saving takes place (which is the case with create), you can do:

new_pile ="contents" => "c_type_#{num}")

Similar for the Pile class and its cards.

As for has_one :monkey, you can do the following (from within a method of Game):

create_monkey("some_attr" => "some_value")

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