101 CIRCUS GAMES FOR CHILDREN Juggling, Clowning, Balancing Acts, Acrobatics, Animal Numbers Paul Rooyackers
Illustrated by Geert Snijders
When the circus isn't in town, children can still enjoy it at a birthday party, summer camp, drama class, or primary school thanks to this colourful collection of circus-based games and activities.
The book draws on popular circus elements such as acrobatics, clowns, animal numbers and balancing acts. The games are presented in a clear, simple way, range from ten to 45 minutes in length and vary in complexity. Each section includes a "circus program" children can use if they want to plan an actual performance. Readily available props are used for some of the games and costumes are encouraged for all! Non-competitive and playable without special skills training, the activities in 101 CIRCUS GAMES FOR CHILDREN provide delightful entertainment for participants and spectators alike.
101 COOL POOL GAMES FOR CHILDREN Fun and Fitness for Swimmers of All Levels Kim Rodomista
Illustrated by Robin Patterson
The benefits of water play are well known and these games for children are an enjoyable mix of old and new. Best of all they burn calories and improve a child's overall fitness level.
The activities are in six sections: racing games, tag games, imagination games, team games, out-of-pool games and individual activities. Safety is emphasised throughout and a special section covers exercises including water walking, jumping and balance activities.
The pool games were created for all skill levels, so whether your child is just a beginner in swimming lessons or if your child is the next Ian Thorpe they can all join in. They can be used at birthday parties, children's camps, your local swimming pool, the beach or a health club.
101 DANCE GAMES FOR CHILDREN Fun and Creativity With Movement Paul Rooyackers
Illustrated by Cecilia Hurd
This book encourages children and adults to use the language of dance! The games here combine dance and play in ways that release a child's spontaneity and self-expression. Appropriate for parents, teachers, youth leaders, baby-sitters and child care workers, the book is filled with simple games that the whole classroom or family - or just two people - can play and learn from.
You don't need dance training or athletic skills. All players need is a willingness to have fun and experience the joys of moving and interacting with others. These non-competitive games reward children for their involvement, encourage them to use their imaginations and show them how to express how they feel and think - without words.
The games are organised by type: meeting and greeting games, concentration games, dances that tell stories, party dances, 'muscle puzzles', dances using simple props (such as balloons, fans or cardboard boxes) and many more. Each dance game contains an age guideline, an estimated time of play and suggestions for the most appropriate type of music.
101 DRAMA GAMES FOR CHILDREN Fun and Learning With Acting and Make-Believe Paul Rooyackers
Illustrated by Cecilia Bowman
Drama games are relaxing and playful. They encourage creativity both in children's imaginations and expression. These non-competitive games include: introduction games, sensory games, pantomime games, story games, sound games, games with masks, games with costumes and many more. Each drama game contains an age guideline, an estimated time of play and suggestions for the most appropriate type of music. The games can be played by children and adults of all ages and are flexible enough to be used by parents and teachers.
Improv comedy has been popularised in the U.S. and U.K by the hit television show Who's Line is it Anyway? but improv has been around giving people laughs and goose-bumps for a long time.
101 IMPROV GAMES FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS is an accessible guide to this magical art of creating something out of nothing - and bringing an audience to laughter using skills you didn't even know you possessed. The author explains the basis of improv, the do's and don'ts of performing and how to teach improv to children. Basic exercises, from simple warm up activities to over-the-top crowd pleasing games, are explained with clear instructions on how to do them, what things to watch for and avoid and how to know if you are succeeding!
The games in this book include freeze tag games, emotional games, fairy games, directed games, guessing games and narrative games. Also included are tips on subjects ranging from advanced improv techniques, putting together an improv troupe and putting on your very own show.
Ages 6 & up
101 LIFE SKILLS GAMES FOR CHILDREN Learning Growing Getting Along Bernie Badegruber
Illustrated by Cecilia Bowman
How do you teach tolerance, self-awareness and responsibility? How can you help children deal with fear, mistrust or aggression? Play a game with them! Games are an ideal way to help children develop social and emotional skills. They can be both exciting and relaxing and are a source of fun.
101 LIFE SKILLS GAMES FOR CHILDREN is a collection of activities that help children deal with the problems and needs that arise in daily interactions with other children. Examples from the book include how to integrate the new girl into the group, safe ways of letting off steam and how to deal with a false accusation.
Covering a wide range of play methods the games feature improvisation, pantomime, role play, relaxation, competition and co-operation. There are also movement, language and guessing games, circle games and warm-ups. Each game has clearly specified objectives suggestions for variations and a set of questions that help the group reflect on the issues addressed in the game.
This book is a great resource for everyone who deals with children's groups whether at school, in day-care, in therapy or simply when organising an informal play date.
101 MORE DANCE GAMES FOR CHILDREN New Fun and Creativity with Movement Paul Rooyackers
Photography by Bob Webster
The games here combine dance and play in ways that release a child's spontaneity and self-expression. No dance training or athletic skills are needed - just a willingness to have fun and experience the joys of moving and interacting with others.
101 MORE DANCE GAMES FOR CHILDREN includes games that encourage total involvement and cooperation from participants. This book is the sequel to 101 Dance Games for Children and, when used together, both books offer instructors a wealth of possibilities for planning play sessions. Each game contains an age guideline, an estimated time of play and suggestions for the most appropriate type of music. Most of the games require no props.
These games are flexible enough to be used by parents, teachers, daycare providers or other group leaders in a variety of settings.
101 MORE DRAMA GAMES FOR CHILDREN New Fun and Learning with Acting and Make-Believe Paul Rooyackers
Illustrated by Margaret Hofland
This book is a sequel to 101 Drama Games for Children and includes improvisational games that encourage total involvement and cooperation from participants. When used together, the two books offer instructors a wealth of possibilities for planning play sessions.
Ages 6 & up
101 MORE LIFE SKILLS GAMES FOR CHILDREN Learning Growing Getting Along Bernie Badegruber
Illustrated by Cecilia Bowman
As children become teenagers their social and emotional needs change and guiding them becomes more challenging. The high rate of social change has also made it important for schools to find ways to teach a core vocabulary of social skills to an ever more diverse population of pre-teens and teens. 101 MORE LIFE SKILLS GAMES FOR CHILDREN provides a collection of activities that responds to these challenges.
Drawing on almost 30 years of teaching experience, the author has created games based on cooperation and competition between young people and their social attitudes and perceptions. Educationalists, parents and therapists can use these games to help children deal with the problems and questions of adolescence.
The games tackle issues such as learning patience, self-confidence, love and respect in fun and creative ways. They also teach children how to deal with aggression, have good boundaries and to be fair. Questions help the group reflect on the issues addressed in the game. An explanation of the difference between play therapy and game pedagogy - using games with children - sets up the actual games which are clearly described accessible and illustrated with lively drawings.
101 MORE MUSIC GAMES FOR CHILDREN More Fun and Learning with Rhythm and Song Jerry Storms
Illustrated by Cecilia Bowman
These easy games help children enjoy themselves while developing a love for music. Besides listening, concentration and expression games, this book includes rhythm games, dance and movement games, relaxation games, card and board games and musical projects.
Parents, day care staff, primary school teachers, music teachers and creative therapists can all use the methods outlined by the author, so 101 MORE MUSIC GAMES FOR CHILDREN is an essential fun part of any basic musical training programme either in the home or at school.
Ages 4 & up
101 MOVEMENT GAMES FOR CHILDREN Fun and Learning With Playful Movement Huberta Wiertsema
The movement games in this book are intended to cultivate children's social and creative abilities. Some are based on playground games, others on professional theatre and dance exercises. The games described are divided into ten categories, including touch and reaction, concentration and puzzles, impersonation and cooperation and music and movement.
101 PEP-UP GAMES FOR CHILDREN Refreshing, Recharging, Refocusing Allison Bartl
After a long lesson or event, children are understandably tired. They have been working hard and have been gathering vast amounts of pent-up energy that make them irritable, listless and aggravated. It's high time to shake things up by enlivening them with these exciting pep-up games. Pep-up games improve:
· social skills
Short game breaks allow children to let go so they can refocus for another effective learning session. 101 PEP-UP GAMES FOR CHILDREN is clearly written and easy to follow. The games are made for children 6 to 10 years old; all games can be easily modified for different age groups. Each game comes with icons indicating the suggested group size, whether physical contact might be involved, whether it is played outdoors and whether props, a large space or music is needed.
Children can have a blast while singing, dancing, acting, racing, exercising, playing ball, treasure hunting and much more. Playing together not only recharges tired children, it also creates a bond between the teacher and the students that makes working together a great deal more fun and productive.
As any teacher can tell you, no two students learn alike. Some struggle to finish a test on time, others are done in minutes. Some students need a lot of structure, others need creative freedom. Despite the many different learning styles, there is one common factor: Children learn better when they're enjoying themselves.
Just a few minutes of laughter and creativity a day can be more valuable than hours of homework. They can be used any time and are perfect for free time, supply teacher days and for enhancing Maths or English lessons.
This book is divided into two parts: games and riddles. The activities gradually increase in complexity and teach important learning concepts while enhancing concentration. Ideas for modifying the games are included throughout and helpful icons indicate the size of the group and the need for props, a large space, an outdoor setting or physical contact.
Some activities encourage children to find the correct answer first, some are games of wit and creativity and others encourage children to use vocabulary and language in unusual ways. All of them promote active learning, keep students engaged and give adults and children alike the chance to laugh, stretch and wake up their brains.
101 RELAXATION GAMES FOR CHILDREN Finding a Little Peace and Quiet In Between Allison Bartl
101 RELAXATION GAMES FOR CHILDREN contains perfect antidotes for unfocused and fidgety primary school children. The games will help not only teachers but anyone who works with young children to maintain or restore order, refocus children's attention and break up the classroom routine.
Most of the games are very short and can be used between other, more academic activities as refreshers, little breaks and treats. Many of them are light-hearted. They lower the noise level in the classroom and allow new learning to take place. And they help to make learning fun.
The book is clearly written; complete instructions are given for each game. No props are needed for most of the games. All games can be played with the whole class; there are partner games, small group games and outdoor games. The book is organised from simple to more complex games and contains many attractive illustrations.
11TH COMMANDMENT* Wisdom from Our Children Children Of America
Children of many religious denominations across America answer this question—in their own drawings and words—in The 11th Commandment. This full-color collection of "Eleventh Commandments" reveals kids' ideas about how people should respond to God.
404 DESKSIDE ACTIVITIES FOR ENERGETIC KIDS Movement Breaks to Keep Kids' Attention in the Classroom Barbara Davis
This book describes short movement breaks that can be used between other classroom activities to channel energy and maintain a positive learning environment for all students. The book begins with activities for developing motor skills and alphabet recognition and moves through progressively more complex skills.
Contents include stretching and relaxing movements, shaking and awaking movements, pantomime and imagination movements and more complex movement games, including improvisation, rhythm and clapping, balancing and team relays.
All activities are marked according to appropriate age levels, length of playtime and group size. No activity requires special skills and there are enough for every day of the school year.
ADAM & EVES FIRST SUNSET HB Gods New Day Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Adam and Eve sat down beneath the trees in the Garden. As the sky turned to midnight their eyes began to feel heavy. Together they whispered a prayer. God Creator of the Great Light do not let your world grow dark. Help us bring back the sun. Make morning again What will Adam and Eve do when the sun begins to set for the first time? Is it their fault? Does it mean that God is angry? Award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso has created another profound story - a beautiful recasting of the biblical tale of Adam and Eve in the Garden - for today's children their parents and their teachers. This is the story of Adam and Eve's first test of trust and faith and how they learned to find hope and light - even in the dark.
Adam and Eve were enjoying their first day on Earth when they noticed the sky growing darker the sun drifting towards the ground. Without the sun's heat and light the night grew cold and dark. Adam and Eve were frightened. What was God doing? Was God taking away the sun? With the first sunset Adam and Eve learn how to get through the night and not be afraid of the dark. And when the new day dawns they bless God for creating the day and the night. This book explores the power of faith in God and in one another in a way that kids will understand.