Play These Games by Heather Swain

84%

11 Critic Reviews

This is a great book and one this reviewer intends to keep and use with my next day or evening with friends, family, and acquaintances. Eating and drinking are great at a get-together but adding one of these games will provide a memorable time for all! Unique and very nicely done
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Synopsis

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 with a clothespin and cardboard box version of the arcade classic
• Get out the hula hoops and brooms for a backyard jousting tournament
• Try one of fifteen variations of the classic game of Tag

Whether it’s competitive or cooperative, for large groups or duos, the games in this clever guide are fun to create and a blast to play.

 

About Heather Swain

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Heather Swain (www.heatherswainbooks.com) lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Perigee. 255 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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All: 11 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 0

The Copperfield Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Copperfield on May 03 2012

Parents with younger children will find Play These Games $14 well spent. But if you’re an aunt or an uncle of young children, or even grandparents or babysitters, you’ll want to get your hands on a copy of this book for all of the hours of entertainment and enjoyment it will provide.

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Green Spot Blue Life

Excellent
Reviewed by Henry Williams on Jun 29 2012

In all Swain shows that there are many ways to play, using lots of what we already have around us to create new games. As well, with almost everyone of these games you can use Swain’s ideas as a starting point to create your own games or allow the kids to improvise off of the game

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Romancing the Book

Good
Reviewed by Sarah L. on May 27 2012

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.

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Candace's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Candace on May 18 2012

This book is a must-have for those with kids. Lots of games are ones adults would love as well. Does anyone else have fond memories of playing kick the can with entire neighborhoods of kids? Well, I do and I'm hoping with this book we can inspire more play and less TV time.

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Take Me Away

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on Jun 16 2012

This would be a great book to inspire fun games around the house (though quite a few require a small group of children). But it would also be a great way for parent and children to bond.

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To Read or Not To Read

Good
Reviewed by Marcie on May 13 2012

These games are easy to play with minimal preparations. This book would be great year round for rainy days or birthday parties. This is a great book to have to get the kids out from in front of the television/video games. The only danger in this book is having too much fun!

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Reading to Know

Good
Reviewed by Carrie on May 01 2012

Play These Games is a practical guide, encouraging you to look around your house for objects to entertain your children with. In a day and age when the idea of entertainment generally centers around buying lots of toys to clutter your house, it's refreshing to see books coming out which encourage you to make use of things that you already have

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Crystal Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on May 12 2012

This is a great book and one this reviewer intends to keep and use with my next day or evening with friends, family, and acquaintances. Eating and drinking are great at a get-together but adding one of these games will provide a memorable time for all! Unique and very nicely done

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What Mama Wants

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Jul 25 2012

I really love that the book, Play These Games, not only occupies my kids, the games are almost all educational and the kids have to look for the items needed to play. This forces them to act a team and work together.

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Mindfully Frugal Mom

Good
Reviewed by Sarah L. on Jun 28 2012

I absolutely will use this book for ideas when we have play dates or even for kids’ birthday parties. There are lots of fun activities that can be executed quickly without spending any money — now that’s my idea of a good time.

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Book Reviews R Us

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie Rollins

Nannies, mothers, childcare workers, and youth group volunteers will want to keep a copy of this book. Do you ever need a way to occupy kids without spending a lot of time planning and a lot of money? This book has 232 pages of assistance.

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