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Bart King's Pocket Guide to Games


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  • Over 100 games and amusements
  • Quiet games
  • No computers, Ipads or anything mechanical needed
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  • Great for long car trips
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Bart King's Pocket Guide to Games is fun, pure unadulterated fun. More than 100 games revive the tradition of game playing without computers, joysticks, boards, or game pieces. All you need for these games can be purchased at the local super center, big box, or hardware store. With tools such as balls, beanbags, broomsticks, and ropes, parents and teachers can organize dozens of hours of fun and challenging activities for parties, summer camps, neighborhood gatherings, and school groups. For all ages, from elementary children to grandparents. Includes active games and quiet games in a range of variations: counting-out, choosing sides, who's it? and feats and forfeits.Great for camp or cabin.Games include: Bull in the Ring (circle game) Cross Tag (chase) Do This, Do That (imitating) Kaleidoscope (colors) Lady of the Land (drama) Old Buzzard (drama) Shadow Tag (sunny day).Bull in the Ring (circle game).Cross Tag (chase).Do This, Do That (imitating).Kaleidoscope (colors).Lady of the Land (drama).Old Buzzard (drama) Shadow Tag (sunny day).Indexed for convenience.About the Author: A longtime middle school teacher, Bart lives in Portland, Oregon, where he invents new sock designs and plays in a kazoo jazz quartet. Author - Bart King.Binding - paper.Pages - 248.Publisher - Gibbs Smith.Year - 2008.ISBN - 9781423604693.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 9, 2008
Color: Paperback
Playing a game can not only while away the time, it can also be an invaluable and pleasant means of stimulating our intellectual and physical well-being, providing bonding experiences with family and friends, and provide an outlet for our restless energies. There are thousands upon thousands of diverse games -- all with one thing in common: Rules. After a brief but informative introduction, Bart King's "The Pocket Guide To Games" offers descriptions and rules for four distinct categories of games: Miscellaneous Active Games; Quiet Games; Contests, Feats and Tussles; Beanbag and Ball Games. This pocket-sized compendium is a thoroughly 'user friendly' compendium of games for all occasions and circumstances and especially recommended as a school physical education curriculum supplement as well as personal and family gaming reference library collections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Keller on January 26, 2011
Color: Paperback
"Back in the misty dawn of time, before heads up seven up had been invented, children used to play the Squirrel and the Nut."

This book takes games from Jessie Bancroft's 1909 Book of Games and explains them using humor and illustrations. I smiled remembering playing Centipede Tag and can't wait for summer so my children can play El Globo (think a piñata and water balloon cross). There are active games, quiet games, contests / feats and beanbag / ball games. Sprint-n-Grab, Skin the Snake and Rounders are just a few. The index breaks the games down into type, number of players and age appropriateness.

Clear explanations allow the reader to pick up the book and quickly play tons of games. It clearly shows the number of players needed and where best to play the game. The author also explains the game a country of origin, if it is PR (potentially rough) and how to play the game with "proficient players." I also enjoyed the short section on how our society needs to transform being "it" into a "prized honor."

I would have loved to have this book when working at a challenge course doing team building. These games not only get children out of their seats and active, but have lessons hidden as well. Gym teachers, camp counselors and coaches also would benefit from this pocket sized game reference. I also think that every parent should have this book so they can remember games from their youth and learn new games to experience with their children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Breinholt on January 30, 2010
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It has a good variety of games for inside and outside. A lot of these games need a large area to play. The games are great for youth and adults of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inspired Kathy TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of The Pocket Guide to Games by Bart King to review about a month ago. I pulled it out today because I had to come up with a game that a group of 50 kids ages 4 to 11 could all play together. I flipped to the index in the back and quickly came up with a couple games that would work – Circle Stride Ball as an active game and Find the Ring as a quieter game. We only had time to play Circle Stride Ball at the activity. It managed to keep a large group of kids entertained until their parents arrived to pick them up.

This book is full of games for many different settings and occasions. The games are broken down into 4 sections: Miscellaneous active games, Quiet games, Bean bag & ball games and Contests, feats & tussles. At the back of the book is an Index where you can search for games by the type of game, number of players, playing area or age group. All in all it’s a useful little book that I literally put in my back pocket and took with me to the activity today.

A handy little book to have around.

Rating: 5 Stars

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By LucindaTN on November 19, 2013
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It includes games that I have not heard of before. I enjoy learning and sharing new games with my children and their friends.
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