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Big Flats Library 1 J796G Juvenile NonFiction Book
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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 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.

Author Notes

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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Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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