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

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  1. chantelle hazelden February 20, 2018 / 10:04 am

    The front cover is certainly inviting. I love the idea of looking up more retro games, what a great way to spend time together as a family and like you said the bonus is that you’re getting kids away from so much technology too! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  2. Catherine @ Story Snug February 20, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    I really like the sound of this book. I’m sure that there are lots of childhood games that we played that I’ve forgotten about!


  3. Kim Carberry February 20, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful book….
    We had one from the same company. 101 Video Games To Play Before You Grow Up. I think I might get my girls the one you reviewed. It would be great to give them some ideas of games to play during the Easter or Summer holidays x

  4. Yet Another Blogging Mummy February 20, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    We had no wifi in the caravan we stayed at during half term, so we limited phone screen time for the kids so that our monthly data didn’t run out. So we introduced them to Yahtzee and card games like Sweaty Betty #readwithme

  5. Fiona Cambouropoulos February 21, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    We have this book, it is full of old the old games I remember from my childhood so fondly #TriedTested

  6. Sarah MumofThree World February 22, 2018 / 6:41 am

    This sounds really good. I think we all worry that our kids spend too much time on screens these days. It’s good that you can play a game without having to get a board game out and all the bits out!

  7. Acorn Books March 2, 2018 / 6:05 am

    This looks like a great book, one to turn to quickly when your children are complaining that they’re bored! #readwithme

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