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Go Out and Play!: Favorite Outdoor Games from KaBOOM!

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Go outside and play! Here, at your fingertips, are how to's for more than seventy best-loved games, all set to spread the fun of active play to kids of all ages.

Do you know how to draw a hopscotch grid? What’s the silliest challenge in the game of sardines? How do you keep from being "out" in SPUD? Is there any way to escape the blob? This lively, infectious guide to games runs the gamut from classic to contemporary: kick the can, freeze tag, blindman’s bluff, red light green ...

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Overview

Go outside and play! Here, at your fingertips, are how to's for more than seventy best-loved games, all set to spread the fun of active play to kids of all ages.

Do you know how to draw a hopscotch grid? What’s the silliest challenge in the game of sardines? How do you keep from being "out" in SPUD? Is there any way to escape the blob? This lively, infectious guide to games runs the gamut from classic to contemporary: kick the can, freeze tag, blindman’s bluff, red light green light, four square, duck duck goose, and so many more. It’s all sparked by KaBOOM!, a nonprofit with a passion for creating outdoor play spaces nationally and around the world.

For KaBOOM!, play is serious business! So this guide also includes tips for adults on how to encourage and facilitate outdoor play as well as a wealth of resources on how to help create more play spaces in your own community.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From nonprofit organization KaBoom! which promotes children spending more time playing outdoors, this lively offering describes and outlines simple games that center on physical activity, including multiple versions of tag, hide-and-seek, ball games, race games, and “no-rules games.” Each game is introduced in basic language, with a brief sidebar highlighting the number of players, recommended ages, space required, and suggested materials. Enlivened with cartoon spot art and photographs of children at play, the book should give readers plenty of activity options come spring, regardless of age or interests. Ages 5–up. (Mar.)
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This top-notch compilation makes a great resource for children and their friends, as well as families and adults who work with youth.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Nonprofit organization KaBOOM’s goal is to encourage children to engage in outdoor play, and this collection of 69 group games will give both adults and children a wide variety of answers to the question, "What should we do?"...A great resource for organizations that work with children and families alike.
—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
Children have played tag for years—but they can up the ante by playing pickpocket tag. Soccer has its place—but crab soccer makes everyone collapse in laughter. Even cleaning the room can be fun—as long as the "room" is marked off outside, split in the middle by a net, and turned into an arena of frantic ball exchange. In this delightful book addressing the rules of the outdoor games we grew up with, the nonprofit organization KaBOOM! effectively addresses the age-old complaint, "I'm bored!" Darell Hammond, Founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, explains the need behind outdoor play: it encourages fitness, creativity, success in school, and the ability to play well with others. In addition, children who play outdoors are generally happier. While the beginning of the book relates how parents can facilitate play, the ending advises them on how best they can get communities involved. From games with rules—with intriguing names like Blob, Baby in the Air, and What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf?—to no-rules games, the point is clear: go out and play! Reviewer: Bonita Herold
School Library Journal
PreS Up—A comprehensive collection of more than 70 interactive games. Beginning with eight simple steps on how to facilitate children's play, the text introduces activities that will help kids develop critical, cognitive, social, and physical skills. Chapters are divided by types of games that are variations on familiar classics or contemporary adaptations of tag, hide-and-seek, games with balls, team games, sidewalk games, circle games, and races. Each game is clearly described in a few paragraphs; a panel at the bottom of the page shows the number of players; the intended age group; space needed; and any required materials, such as balls, bean bags, cones, and chalk. "Other Games" and "No Rule Games" include ideas for supplemental activities such "make-believe" and "dress-up." Informative steps are included for kids and their families to take to create safe and accessible play spaces in their own neighborhoods. Colored line drawings and full-color photographs of children in active play are sporadically placed throughout to entice and encourage youngsters to get out and play with one another. This top-notch compilation makes a great resource for children and their friends, as well as families and adults who work with youth.—Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
Nonprofit organization KaBOOM's goal is to encourage children to engage in outdoor play, and this collection of 69 group games will give both adults and children a wide variety of answers to the question, "What should we do?" Organized according to game type, the book focuses on versions of tag, hide-and-seek, ball games, team games, sidewalk games, circle games and races. Those who peruse the pages will find many old favorites here, from flashlight tag and capture the flag to hopscotch and Simon Says. But there are also many that are destined to be newfound favorites. An intriguing summertime one, "drip-drip-drop," is a variation of duck-duck-goose that uses a bucket and a water source. For the most part, the game rules are well written and easy to understand, encapsulated on one page with a bar at the bottom so readers can tell at a glance the number of players needed, appropriate ages and material and space requirements. Materials are mostly inexpensive things that schools and even many families are likely to already have at hand. Bright patterns, simple drawings and photos of diverse children at play add color and break up the text. Sections at the beginning and end tell adults how to best be partners in children's play and how to create safe play spaces that will get kids outdoors. A great resource for organizations that work with children and families alike. (Nonfiction. 5 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763655303
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 694,048
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. The group’s mission is to create great play spaces through the participation and leadership of communities. Ultimately, they envision a place to play within walking distance of every child in America.
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