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Play These Games: 101 Delightful Diversions Using Everyday Items [NOOK Book]


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, ...
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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 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101585030
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Heather Swain is a former third-grade teacher, a mother of two, and an award-winning fiction author. Her articles have appeared in American Baby Magazine and Time Out New York Kids, and on Salon. You can visit her blog, One Cheap Mother, and find out about her young adult novels at
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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

How to Use This Book xv

Materials List xvii

Balloon 1

Loony Balloons 3

Balloon Waiter 5

Balloon Ball 8

Balloon Battle 11

All on One Side 12

Indoor Tennis 14

Beahbag 17

How to Make a Beanbag 19

Beanbag Relay 21

Cornhole 23

Pip, Squeak, and Wilbur 25

Treasure Thieves 27

Beanbag Tag 29

Rabbit Warren 31

Books 36

Finishing School Book Race 38

Book-Ball-Balance Relay Race 39

Name That Book 40

Book-tionary 42

Book Scavenger Hunt s 44

House of Books 46

Buttons 47

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button? 49

Button Catapult 50

Button Toss 52

Money in the Bank 54

Button Battle 55

Button Golf 57

Shuffle Button 61

Button Hockey 64

Button Box 69

Cardboard Boxes 72

Feelie-Whatsie Box 74

Digging for Treasure Box 76

Bigfoot Box Shoe Races 77

Mini Marble Billiards 79

Micro Mini Foosball 83

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

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    Need something for your kids to do? Check out this book for lots of fun ideas!

    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 These Games have in common. Well, just like the cartoon you might be wondering what to do on your (kids) summer vacation. Heather Swain has some pretty good ideas in this book. "101 Delightful Diversions Using Everyday Items." This is one of the things I like best about this book. These games use everything from balloons, paper, buttons, books, and much much more. Even if you do need to go out and buy a few items, it won't be that expensive. Swain also introduces new variations to classic games such as tag and ping pong. Swain also gives facts about the materials mentioned in this book to go along with the games. You can play these games with just a few kids or a larger group. 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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  • Posted May 12, 2012

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    What do you do on a rainy day or even on a nice day when you'd l

    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 Spangled Banner," which will be inserted into the balloons. The game involves bouncing the balloons until they pop when one discovers secret directions to follow. Silly but can liven up a party for sure or a boring afternoon. Trivia questions can be substituted in place of silly directions for any age group.

    Or perhaps you might like a game of "Money in the Bank" where one plays with buttons representing a nickel, dime or whatever value you choose. On the other hand, maybe you love puzzles and can create your own with craft sticks, messing up the sticks after drawing your picture on the sticks and then giving your players a set (or no definite) time to reassemble the puzzle pieces.

    These games also involve beanbags, books, cardboard boxes, dress-ups, felt, foam boards, paper cups, digital camera and photo printer, ping-pong balls, and so many more items that are cheap and will provide hours of planning and fun. The games range from easy to complex which obviously covers a broad age range.

    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, Heather Swain!

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    Posted May 11, 2012



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