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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book when kids are talking about how bored they are. Borrowed it from the library. It's so good I'm going to buy it. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Witchypoo Bats
Lots of games but nothing I would consider different than normalPublished 1 month ago by M. Picerno
Shh, this is a Christmas gift. Very sure my grandchildren will find hours of entertainment.Published 8 months ago by Ann
everything great. ordered 4. One for each of my 3 girls for all their kids and one for me to read.Published 13 months ago by Carolyn Jennings
Was not in best condition and more of a college book with older gamesPublished 14 months ago by aliciah