Written by Heather Swain
Published by Perigee
Review by Paula Day
Remember the days when kids used to play games? Run around outside and play tag or hide and seek? I love technology as much as the next person, but it’s a little sad sometimes seeing kids as young as three or four more interested in their electronic gadgets than actual people.
Never fear. Heather Swain, a former third grade teacher and mother of two, has found 101 activities for kids using simple items found around the house. From bean bags to treasure boxes, from cup ball to Go Fish, these activities are a great way for parents and kids to spend quality time together. If it’s a rainy day, or if you just want to get your kids away from their video games for a while, you’ll enjoy skimming through this book to find something fun to do together. I’m hanging onto this book because I know the activities inside will come in handy.
Obviously, the audience for this book is very specific. Parents with younger children will find Play These Games $14 well spent. But if you’re an aunt or an uncle of young children, or even grandparents or babysitters, you’ll want to get your hands on a copy of this book for all of the hours of entertainment and enjoyment it will provide.
Paula Day is the Review Editor of The Copperfield Review and the Managing Editor of Copperfield Press. She lives in Los Angeles, California.