By Kim John Payne
Games Children Play offers an accessible guide to games with children of age three and up. This is a classic games book, which is a standby for parents and teachers. The games are all tried and tested, and are used for teacher training. The book explores children’s personal development and how this is expressed in movement, play, songs and games.
Each game is clearly and simply described, with diagrams and drawings for how to play. Uniquely, each game is accompanied by an explanation of why this game is helpful at a particular age, including:
† Secrets of the Magic Garden: Games for the 3-7-year-old
† Exploring the House: Games for the 7-12-year-old
† Beyond the Doorway: a movement program for teenagers
The equipment needed for some of the games is simple, inexpernsive, and easily available.
As well as 234 games, useful sections are included on:
† Why playing games with children, and age appropriateness is important
† Hints and tips for teaching games
† Rules and breaking the rules