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Great Big Book of Children's Games: Over 450 Indoor & Outdoor Games for Kids, Ages 3-14 Paperback – November 10, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill (November 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071422463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071422468
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The perfect antidote for rainy-day sulks and backseat boredom

Your kids are buzzing bundles of energy, ever eager for new experiences and new challenges. And one of your toughest jobs as a parent is finding ways to channel kids' energies that promote healthy development while keeping them entertained. Good news, your job just got a little easier.

Great for car trips, rainy days, and even power outages, the Great Big Book of Children's Games is a treasury of games and activities for all occasions, every setting and every mood. You'll find indoor games and outdoor games, party games and solo games, sidewalk games, beach games, ball games and water games. There are games that stimulate young minds and those that promote physical development. You'll find skill-building games and games designed to sharpen individual faculties, card games and word games, and an abundance of pencil-and-paper games. And to help you do your part to keep our highways safe (and your sanity intact), there's an entire section devoted to games to be played while on the road.

Fair weather or foul, the Great Big Book of Children's Games helps you keep the peace and banish bad moods with:

  • 450 indoor and outdoor games for pre-school to middle-school age kids arranged by age group
  • Games for every occasion, setting and number of players
  • Solo games, team games, party games, and family games, many including innovative twists on old favorites
  • Colorful text, 375 illustrations, and amusing game trivia that add to the fun and make the book easy to use

Debra Wise is a writer specializing in women's and children's topics, and has written for the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and GQ.

Sandy Forrest has designed and illustrated over 40 books and won a Parent's Choice Award for Illustration.

About the Author

Debra Wise is a freelance writer specializing in women's and children's topics. She has written for magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and GQ and also for the New York Times Style section.

Sandy Forrest has designed and illustrated more than 40 books and won a Parent's Choice Award for Illustration.


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This is a great book for teachers and parents.
Regis Holme
The Great Big Book of Children's Games is full of fun games of all sorts: Ball Games, Water Games, Chase Games, Card Games, and so on.
Megan Romer
The games in the book are a wonderful way to teach children language and social skills and to begin developing "executive function".
Rebecca Elson

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Megan Romer on December 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Great Big Book of Children's Games is full of fun games of all sorts: Ball Games, Water Games, Chase Games, Card Games, and so on. Many of the games are well-known childhood classics, but many of them are either foreign or totally new.

The book offers lots of ways to play versions of popular games with a make-your-own version. Naturally, it doesn't tell you explicitly, "Don't buy game X, you can make your own!", but it does give great instructions on how to make paper playing boards for games like Shut the Box, Beetle (like a drawing version of Cootie), and also how to get the most out of a game like Checkers.

As far as outside games, it can't be beat, there are dozens of variations on classics like hopscotch, hide-and-seek, and that eternal favorite: tag!

This book is a great gift idea for Moms, Teachers, Daycare Providers, and it's a great one to leave around for the teenaged babysitter if you're going out and you don't want the kids to spend the evening in front of the TV. Wonderful!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Harris on August 8, 2007
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This is such a great book! I was looking for some activities to keep the kids from being bored. What a wonderful surprise! This book was way more than I expected. There are tons of activities--card games, outdoor games, pen and paper games, travel games, table top games, blacktop games, and much more. As we looked through the book I remembered some of these from my own childhood, but I probably wouldn't have recalled them without this book to prompt the memories. I was very pleased and the kids love it. There are so many games that they will not be bored for a long time.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sarah from PA on April 29, 2005
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I do not own this book, but I put it on my "wish list". I currently have it checked-out from my local library for the second time. What a wonderful book for such a great price! I plan to use it for birthday party activities, kids church activities, etc. This book is well worth the price!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LucySL on January 10, 2010
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A brilliant book, full of classic, familiar games, along with new ones. Simply the most complete resource out there.

This is a book kids below chapter book reading level will probably not use by themselves--it's really aimed more at adults or older children who are game leaders.

I used this one for years in after school care and a summer program; because it's so encyclopedic we were able to settle disputes about the rules of traditional games (capture the flag, etc.) using this book.

This book, along with "the ultimate indoor games book," kept the kids (ages six to ten) busy all summer long!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 289cobra on January 16, 2011
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I was hoping for more games for younger (under 5) kids, as well as suggestions for games that require the kids to use their imaginations. But there are lots of good cards games and lots of good suggestions for outdoor games.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rapooh1 on February 13, 2011
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Although book as some ideas for younger (3-6) kids, it is mainly geared for older kids. Unfortunately, I needed it for preschool age, but if you have older kids, it definitely has some fun ideas for games and activities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Cuthbertson on July 5, 2010
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I come back to this book year after year. It's well organized and every game description includes the target age and number of players right at the beginning so you can decide quickly whether it might work for your situation. There are so many games listed it's easy to keep things fresh and there's always something to look forward to as the kids get older. I have used some of the games to reinforce math skills (card games, dice games) or develop thinking skills as an alternative to written work. Some games are just plain fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Elson on October 31, 2008
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I bought The Great Big Book of Children's Games as resources for preschool teachers who are participating in a series on Early Literacy. The games in the book are a wonderful way to teach children language and social skills and to begin developing "executive function". Thanks for good products!
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