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101 games to play before you grow up – book review

101 games to play before you grow up is a book title that certainly piques the interest if you are like me and worry your children spend way too much time on video games. Another issue I struggle with is that when they do want to engage in some quality family time, my mind has this annoying habit of going blank on occasion. However, I am keen to promote fun and imaginative play and 101 Games To Play Before You Grow Up is a powerful tool on that score.

Games To Play

The first thing that I noticed about the book is how colourful and attractive it is. There are really relevant illustrations and there is a cool design detail where the description of each game is outlined with a track like you see on many board games with boxes including the number of players, the equipment if any you will need, where to play, the activity level involved and the point of the game.

It is so fun to flick through finding retro games you may have played as a child such as Rock, Paper, Scissors and Cat’s Cradle.

Playing games is part of growing up if we have to and also brilliant for learning whilst having fun too. This book really can claim to be THE guide to playing, whether that be with pen and paper, a cup and a ball or some playing cards.

There are lots of games to play in solitude or with friends and family. They are divided into useful categories including party games, role-playing games, card and dice games. There are good recommendations for board games and trading card games There are games to suit every sort of weather too.

This book is your answer to entertaining the children and persuading them off their telephones and X Boxes even if only for a little while! Perfect for school holidays and for anytime when you want to ensure your children are having great quality time and preferably with you because sometimes we need to step back and forget all about growing up! It is great for our emotional wellbeing and for family relationships.

I highly recommend this book and give it a score of ten out of ten.

By Walter Foster Jr Creative Team
Illustrated by Diego Vaisberg

What are your go-to games to play with your children?

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