Great Games for Young Children: Over 100 Games to Develop Self-Confidence, Problem-Solving Skills, and Cooperation

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As I was setting up for a staff development workshop one night, I overheard one teacher tell another about a little girl who’d had a terrible crying jag over being eliminated from a game of Simon Says. The second teacher clucked in sympathy and the conversation moved on from there. There was no discussion of the fact that perhaps the game should be modified in the future so it didn’t make children feel bad—that the intention of a game is to have fun.

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Overview

As I was setting up for a staff development workshop one night, I overheard one teacher tell another about a little girl who’d had a terrible crying jag over being eliminated from a game of Simon Says. The second teacher clucked in sympathy and the conversation moved on from there. There was no discussion of the fact that perhaps the game should be modified in the future so it didn’t make children feel bad—that the intention of a game is to have fun.

You’ve witnessed it yourself, I’m sure: Children chosen last for teams; children sitting against the wall, watching forlornly as their classmates continue to play Hot Potato without them; and children who engage in the most atrocious behaviors to ensure they’re not the ones eliminated from a game of Musical Chairs—Rae Pica, author of the new book Great Games for Young Children

The games in this book provide benefits for the whole child, meaning each game benefits all three domains of child development: cognitive, social/emotional, and physical. These new and classic games, each with a noncompetitive twist, are sure to get children up and moving. You’ll find everything you need to know to play over 100 great games, including outside games, musical games, circle games, concept games, and cooperative games. Perfect for rainy days, sunny days, and every day, each game in this book offers heart rate raising, team-building, friend-filled fun!

Rae Pica has been a movement education consultant for 25 years. She is nationally known for her lively workshops and keynote speeches and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Gymboree Play & Music Centers, The Centers for Disease Control, and Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues. She lives in New Hampshire.

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"Very well done and equally useful for parents, teachers, and child care providers." - The Field Guide to Parenting
Children's Literature
A game ought to be fun, not humiliating, not embarrassing and not hurtful, Rae Pica maintains. Toward that end, she presents over a hundred games for early childhood professionals (and parents, it is to be hoped) to encourage youngsters to work cooperatively, not competitively. Games that teach rejection, competition, failure, and humiliation, as well as those that teach exclusion and embarrassment are absent from the collection or totally reworked. For example, Pica’s version of “Musical Chairs” challenges kids to cooperate and figure out how they can all fit on one of the remaining chairs. In short, this is a well-illustrated collection of easy and easy-going activities. The description of each game includes “Why It’s a Great Game” and identifies developmental goals (e.g., cognitive, affective, physical). Pica mentions her Hall of Shame of Games: Dodgeball, Duck Duck Goose, Messy Backyard, Kickball, Musical Chairs, Relay Races, Steal the Bacon, Line Soccer, Red Rover, Simon Says, Spud, and Tag. She reworks several of these to be inclusive and affirming. Games are organized into five sections: Circle Games, Concept Games, Musical Games, Cooperative Games, and Outdoor Games. Most can be played in 5 to 15 minutes, and some even less. Some use a parachute or hula hoop; most just require children and a leader. There is a brief section on playing games with special needs children, for which resources are included. Includes an index and a glossary. Reviewer: Gwynne Spencer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876590065
  • Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 795,668
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Rae Pica has been a children's movement specialist since 1980. She is the founder/director of Moving and Learning, a company offering services and materials related to physical activity for children from birth to age eight. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she is also co-creator and host of the radio program "Body, Mind, and Child."
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Circle games 13
Ch. 2 Concept games 37
Ch. 3 Musical games 61
Ch. 4 Cooperative games 83
Ch. 5 Outdoor games 101
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