1st Edition

101 Playground Games
Enliven and Enrich Any Playtime - A Collection of Active and Engaging Games for Children

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ISBN 9781906517076
Published January 7, 1999 by Routledge
181 Pages

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Book Description

101 Playground Games is a collection of active and engaging school playground games for kids. It offers enriching activities and traditional games to encourage active learning and social development among younger children at playtime.

The school playground plays a crucial role in developing all aspects of children’s behaviour and interpersonal learning. Yet there is a growing awareness that children today do not play in the same sociable ways as previous generations.

This resource provides a practical toolkit of ideas to promote lively and enjoyable games. It draws on traditional games and also introduces a wealth of new ones including:

  • chasing and catching games
  • skipping games and rhymes
  • singing and dancing games
  • parachute games
  • quiet games
  • circle games
  • cooperative games
  • games from around the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert Holden 

Introduction  Why Encourage Children to Play Games? 

How to Use this Book   

1. Traditional Playground Games   

2. Tag Games   

3. Chasing and Catching Games   

4. Singing and Dancing Games   

5. Skipping Games and Rhymes   

6. Circle Games   

7. Parchute Games   

8. Quiet Games   

9. Co-operative Games   

10. Games from Around the World 


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Children's play is a profoundly important part of their lives - socially, emotionally, culturally and developmentally. If they are given enough space, it also happens to be very good for their physical health and fitness. Play is nowhere more important than at school, where children spend such a large amount of time. The counter-balancing freedom and autonomy after the order and discipline of the classroom, the chance to let off steam, but also the opportunity to explore and develop vital social skills have been a key function of playtime since children have been going to school. Playground games are an important part of this tradition and a give us a fascinating insight into the world of the child. Like children themselves, these games are complex and simple, spontaneous and highly ordered, metaphorical and extremely literal. Most of all they are huge fun. Their decline is a sad indictment of the skewed priorities we place on the modern child. I welcome this book and commend it to parents and teachers everywhere.

- Play England