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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 9
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (November 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071422463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071422468
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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It is OK book, but it has WAY TOO MANY games for different kinds of kids and number of players. Like, if I simply need to entertine my 2 grandsons, I have to go though whole book to find very few games that feet my needs. I would rather recomend this book to kindergarten or preschool / elementary school teachers - to keep kids (quite a group) busy.
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I got this book when I was having my 11 year old niece and her friend over for a few days in the summer. There are lots of ideas broken down by types of game (indoor, outdoor, chase, water etc.) and in the glossarie, you can also find games for a certain age group, or for a certain number of kids. It's a little old school, and reminds you of things you did when you were growing up, and exposes you to so much more. This is a truly great book if you find yourself having to entertain kids (or start them on something and let them entertain themselves). Wonderful if you want yoru kids to be doing something besides playing video games or watching t.v.
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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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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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