101 Playground Games, written by Thérèse Hoyle, is a collection of active and engaging games, ideal for teachers, lunchtime supervisors and any adult involved with children at play. It is one of nine titles in the Teach to Inspire series

The school playground plays a crucial role in developing all aspects of children’s behaviour and interpersonal learning, and yet there is a growing awareness that children today do not play in the same sociable ways as previous generations. Adrian Voce, director of the National Children’s Bureau’s Play England, therefore recommends 101 Playground Games (read his comments below).

101 Playground Games, suitable for ages 5-11, recognises the importance of children’s experiences in the school playground and provides a practical toolkit of ideas to promote lively and enjoyable games to enliven and enrich any playtime. It draws on traditional games and also introduces a wealth of new ones.

The book includes:

  • 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.

101 Playground Games also provides clear organisational instructions for adults and is a comprehensive collection that will make any playtime a richer experience for all.

Praise for 101 Playground Games

Adrian Voce, director of Play England, welcomes and recommends 101 Playground Games:

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.

About the author

Thérèse Hoyle was instrumental in taking Circle Time to New Zealand in 2003 and is founder of The Success Partnership, an organisation committed to providing high quality professional development, training and leadership coaching for teachers.

ISBN: 978-1-906517-07-6

Details: A4, photocopiable, includes CD-Rom