Note: Links connect to places you can buy the resource or to the
There are two sections:
Issue of Play
Days of Creative Play by Shelia
Ellison and Judith Grey. Great
quick activities. Just open the book and pick anything.
Games: From All-Star Youth Leaders
by Mikal Keefer. Good
for detailed information, explanation and variations on games. Ages 6
Backyard Camp-Out Bookby Douglas
Aimed at boys. Includes snacks for boys, nature activities, volcano,
stars, basic astronomy and levitation. Ages 6 to 11.
New Games. Good
photos. Tells you when to play the game, the developmental skills it
enhances, and includes solid, fun games. Ages 10 and under.
Big Book of Games by Dorothy
All the basic outdoor games clearly explained. Ages 6 to 11.
Book of Cards for Kids. Short
explanations of the basics. Ages 5 and up.
It With Boxes by Joan
Irvine. For Ages 3 to 11.
Games Manual by Jim Deacove from
Family Pastimes, Canada
Wins!: Cooperative Games and Activities by Smbhava
and Josette Luvmour .
Games for the 7 and under crowd. (the ages the book says the games are
for are not really accurate)
- Family Fun and Games. A reference book
for board game and card game rules.
(Traditions Around the World)
Clear good explanations of 6 games - how to play them and where they
to Play with Toddlers, Revised (Games to Play Series) by Jackie
Silberg. Clear book of simple games. Ages 5 and under.
to Play with Kids : A Powerful Field-Tested Nuts & Bolts
Condensed Guide to Unleash and Improve Your Kid-Relating Skills by Jim
to Play with Your children and When Not to by Brian and
Shirley Sutton Smith. The Appendix
Assessment is a list of from birth on of games to play and what kids
Incredible Indoor Games Book, Grades 1-5 by Bob
This & Juba That: 100 African-American Games for Children by Hopson,
Hopson and Clavin. Well explained African Games for Children .
Uses very few supplies.
Play: Traditional Games of Childhood by Dusan
Petricic and Camilla Gryski. Different ways to
choose "it", various ways to play tag, hide and go seek, leap frog, hop
scotch, jump rope, clapping. Explains jacks and marbles well. Ages 5
- The Marble Book by Richie Chevat.
of Smiles: 101 Great Car Games and Activitiesby Carole
Meyers. Games for kids in the car and when waiting for something. Ages
6 to 11.
Sand, and Water
Multicultural Game Book (Grades 1-6) by Louise
Orlando. Clearly explained, shows maps of where
games came from, Take time to read it through. Ages 6 to 11.
Outrageous Outdoor Games Book
by Bob Gregson. Ages 6 to 11.
Games: The Rules, the Players, the Equipment by D. W.
Crisfield. How to
play spin offs of traditional sports.
Picture Rulebook of Kids' Games by
Roxanne Henderson. Great illustrated book of basic kids games. A
refresher for rules and details of games like dodge ball, hangman,
swimming games etc. Ages 6 to 13.
It! by Wayne
Rice. Divided by group
size and indoor/outdoor. Ages 11 and up.
Development and Early Education by
Johnson, Christie and Yawky. A textbook on early childhood
play. Development, toys, electronic media, observing and curriculum
ideas. Age 1 to 5.
- Play Leadership Training: Growth and
Development by the Canadian Council On Children and Youth National Task
Force on Children's Play : Age Group Characteristics and Needs in Play.
Activities for Before and After School Programs A
activities includes snacks, science,
outdoor games and crafts. Great reference for someone starting an after
school Program. Ages for Activities are a little younger than they say.
Ages 6 to 11.
Right Stuff for Children Birth to Eight: Selecting Play Materials to
by Martha Bronson. Has an excellent chart with
different kinds of toys and what ages they are good for. Ages 1-8.
Cooperative Sports and Games Book by Terry
Orlick. A good beginner book for cooperative games. All
Lewis Presents 101 Games for Kids to Play and Sing by Shari
Lewis. Indoor games that are simple and fun for all ages.
Games Around The World by
Arlene Erlbach. Great, simple well illustrated, well explained. Ages 6
Fun!: 60 Activities for a Kid-Perfect Summer (Williamson Kids Can!
Series) by Susan
great one-stop book for activities fro grade schoolers. (ages 6 to 11)
Fun Games Kids Can Play in the Car or on the Go--No Materials Needed by
Hunts! by Lenny Hort. Every kind
of treasure hunt well explained. A must have for all ages.
Playground and Recess Game Book by Guy Bailey.
to Do When There is Nothing to Do
by the Boston Children's Medical Center Staff. Full of Imagination.
Ages 1 to 5.
Child at Play: Birth to One Year : Discovering the Senses and Learning
About the World by Marilyn
Explains why they do what they do, gives ideas for activities and games
appropriate for that age. 1 to 5.
- BBC Parenting: Play and Do Lots
of games for kids to
play and to learn from.
- Child and Youth Health
An overview about playing with children with topics such as emotions
and play, relationships and play and actual activities.
Playgrounds and City Farms in Europe an essay about the history of adventure playgrounds.
multicultural and multilingual anthology of children's folklore,
published by children, parents and teachers from around the world. This
was a web-based classroom project featuring contributions from 108
schools, in 61 countries that includes children's games, rhymes and
Landscape, Norway The
best website about how to build natural landscapes for kids to play
Public Library Children’s Library
There are lots of games books.
great website full of crazy games.
- Family Fun Game Finder
can search by age or indoor or outdoor.
Trust Games "Heard
it in the Playground" is an intergenerational project about games kids
play. Learn some old games and youth variations on them.
A giant collection of outdoor games including jump rope rhymes.
- Germantown Academy Multicultural Games
Learn about contemporary and ancient games: Where is the
& where did it originate?How do you play? What
kind of equipment do you need?
how to make games with junk.
games aimed for scout troops but any group could use them. It includes
night games, games in the woods, creative relays and many more.
- Outdoor Games
selection of basic outdoor games.
- PBS Kids Zoom Quick explanations of games submitted by children.
- Party Games 220 Games
that are great for indoors.
games to play.
Look under girl power for jacks,
hop scotch, jump rope etc.
Activities and Farms
in Germany Great examples of ways children can play outside of
the traditional playground model. Take a look at the photos to see the
Losing and Cheating by Child and Parent Health
- The Essentials of Play Leadership with
"Mr. Play” Professional Play Leaders Association-USA, 1991, 24 minutes
Issue of Play
Vortkamp, Founder and Director of the Front Porch is available to go
anywhere and teach adults about play (about children ages 6 and up).
Contact her at
- The Alliance for
policies and practices that support children’s healthy development,
love of learning, and joy in living. Our public education campaigns
bring to light both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood. We
act for the sake of the children themselves and for a more just,
democratic, and ecologically responsible future.
- Association for the
Study of Play
a multidisciplinary organization whose purpose is to promote the study
of play, support and cooperate with other organizations having similar
purposes, and organize meetings and publications that facilitate the
sharing and dissemination of information related to the study of play
is committed to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and
benefits of play into public life. It is gathering research from
diverse play scientists and practitioners, initiating projects to
expand the clinical scientific knowledge of human play and translating
this emerging body of knowledge into programs and resources which
deliver the transformative power of play to all segments of society.
the Right to Play (USA) Advocates of play and recess
for Keeps promotes
and protects the role of play in
provides advice and support to promote good practice, and works to
ensure that the importance of play is recognized by policy makers,
planners and the public.
Wales explains play deprivation, play and risk, play and
oomputers and more.