Play These Games : 101 Delightful Diversions Using Everyday Items

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-01
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade

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Simple, low-cost, homemade games made from everyday household items-from the author of Make These Toys.Playing games is the perfect antidote for boredom when kids are tired of their toys-that's where Play These Games comes in. This collection presents homemade activities for kids and grown-ups to create and play together, from Go Fish cards made using family photos to a pinball machine constructed out of clothespins, rubber bands, and cardboard boxes.Following the same format as Make These Toys, this book is organized by materials, each with a short introduction and quirky facts about the objects used. Every project will have illustrated step-by-step written instructions. They're almost as fun to make as they are to play!

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
How to Use This Bookp. xv
Materials Listp. xvii
Balloonp. 1
Loony Balloonsp. 3
Balloon Waiterp. 5
Balloon Ballp. 8
Balloon Battlep. 11
All on One Sidep. 12
Indoor Tennisp. 14
Beahbagp. 17
How to Make a Beanbagp. 19
Beanbag Relayp. 21
Cornholep. 23
Pip, Squeak, and Wilburp. 25
Treasure Thievesp. 27
Beanbag Tagp. 29
Rabbit Warrenp. 31
Booksp. 36
Finishing School Book Racep. 38
Book-Ball-Balance Relay Racep. 39
Name That Bookp. 40
Book-tionaryp. 42
Book Scavenger Hunt sp. 44
House of Booksp. 46
Buttonsp. 47
Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?p. 49
Button Catapultp. 50
Button Tossp. 52
Money in the Bankp. 54
Button Battlep. 55
Button Golfp. 57
Shuffle Buttonp. 61
Button Hockeyp. 64
Button Boxp. 69
Cardboard Boxesp. 72
Feelie-Whatsie Boxp. 74
Digging for Treasure Boxp. 76
Bigfoot Box Shoe Racesp. 77
Mini Marble Billiardsp. 79
Micro Mini Foosballp. 83
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