Play These Games: 101 Delightful Diversions Using Everyday Items
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Play These Games: 101 Delightful Diversions Using Everyday Items

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Using simple, everyday items found around the house, Play These Games will inspire kids and the young at heart with a spectrum of ingenious games to make and play so they’ll never be bored again!

• Gather family photos to create a personalized set of Go Fish cards
• Grab loose buttons for button golf, shuffle button, and button hockey
• Unleash your inner pinball wizard w...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Perigee Trade
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Erika Palmquist Smith
This was a random pull off the library shelf because I thought the cover was pretty (which is, incidentally, also how I usually pick wine). But it is a very sweet little book that gives tons of ideas for games to play with regular household or craft materials. There were some in there that I remember playing as a child, and others that were brand new to me. There's not a whole lot in there for the under-5 set, but I think there's plenty that I'll be able to use for my oldest daughter's 6th birth...more
Viviane Crystal
What do you do on a rainy day or even on a nice day when you'd like some variety in your family or friend's gathering? Heather Swain has put together 101 games that range from the simple to complex but which are guaranteed to involve everyone who want to have fun!

How about a goofy game of "Loony Balloons?" All it takes is writing paper, pen or pencil, scissors, plenty of balloons, and the ability to write goofy directions on paper, like "Rub your belly and pat your head while singing the Star Sp...more
Marcie
There's 104 days of summer vacation, And school comes along just to end it, So the annual problem for our generation, Is finding a good way to spend it, Like maybe...." This is the beginning of the opening theme song to Phineas and Ferb on The Disney Chanel. If you have kids or work with kids there is a good chance you are familiar with this cartoon. If not, you should look it up. It's actually very entertaining for a kid's show. However you might be asking yourself what the cartoon and Play The...more
Cheryl
Play These Games: 101 Delightful Diversions Using Everyday Items is a book that everyone should pick up a copy of. This book had tons of fun and interactive games to play. Mrs. Swain does show you how to have fun without spending tons of money with this book. Some are new games and others are games just with a new twist to them. Games like:

Loony Balloons

Materials:
Writing paper
Pen or pencil
Scissors
Balloons

Write silly actions on the papers like..Bark like a dog, act like a chicken, Moo like a cow...more
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Reviewed by Sarah L.
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Play These Games is the perfect handbook for those looking for inexpensive, easy to play games for a variety of ages and number of players. This book would have been a lifesaver for me the summer I was the games instructor at my son’s day camp or even back when I had my own in-home daycare. Each game has good detailed instructions including how many players, a brief overview of the game, materials needed,...more
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Remember the days when kids used to play games? Run around outside and play tag or hide and seek? I love technology as much as the next person, but it’s a little sad sometimes seeing kids as young as three or four more interested in their electronic gadgets than actual people.

Never fear. Heather Swain, a former third grade teacher and mother of two, has found 101 activities for kids using simple items found around the house. From bean bags to treasure boxes, from cup ball to...more
Erin
This book was a mixed bag for me. I thought it was well organized, simple to follow, and included a wide variety of games. But when I finished, I was disappointed by how few pages I'd marked as "to try."

So I guess I'll start with those I want to try. The first on my list is Big Foot Box Shoe Race - my daughter loves shoes, arts 'n' crafts, and running, so this game is made for her. I'll let her decorate a few pairs of box shoes and we can use them to race around the house/yard. (I can see her b...more
Melanie
What a great book! My daughter and I have been having fun playing some of the bean bag and button games, and I plan to use some of these games in theatre workshops for adults.
Becky
Simple games you can play with stuff you already have. These could be fun warm-ups for a library program. Wish it was bigger and in color, but the ideas still work!
Barbara
Great resource for fast games for groups.
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Heather Swain lives in a crooked house in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, two children, and a barkless dog. She is the author of novels for adults and young adults, craft books, and numerous short stories, personal essays, and non-fiction articles.
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