Review: Play These Games by Heather Swain

Title: Play These Games
Author: Heather Swain
Publisher: Perigee Book
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
paperback, 236 pages
ISBN: 978-0-399-53744-8
Genre: Crafts/Hobbies
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Summary (From Amazon):

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.

My thoughts:
"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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  1. Hi Marcie,

    Thanks so much for your very kind words about PLAY THESE GAMES! Love the the Phineas and Ferb reference. One of our faves. Hope everybody has fun playing this summer.

    Best, Heather

    1. We definitely will have fun now that we have this book. We're big fans of Phineas and Ferb as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love Phineas and Ferb! One cartoon I actually enjoy. ;)
    I felt the same way about this one and I'm glad that when my daughter says "I'm boooooorrrrred, mom" I can just pull out this book and we can find something to do.
    Awesome review!


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