Reviews for Playing With Stuff : Outrageous Games With Ordinary Objects


Booklist Reviews 2004 April #1
Gr. 3-5. Originally published in the Netherlands, this sturdy, large-format paperback describe games that children can play with everyday materials such as plastic cups, bottle caps, furniture, and umbrellas. While not every activity lives up to the descriptor "outrageous," kids will find plenty of zany, original ideas here. Story Boardy uses people as playing pieces in a board game on a monumental scale. After rolling their dice, the players move along a "board" made by unwinding a roll of toilet paper through every room in the house and writing instructions for the people who land on certain squares. Frozen Towers involves building with ice cubes, which grow increasingly slick and uncooperative as the game progresses. Given the quirky humor of the presentation, just reading about the games can be fun. Colorful, droll artwork adds to the book's offbeat charm. A rousing, original presentation for those who want to play outside the box. ((Reviewed April 1, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 February #1
Several titles invite kids to engage in a variety of games and activities. With plenty of oddball ideas, Playing with Stuff: Outrageous Games with Ordinary Objects by Ferry Piekart and Lars Deltrap may well keep kids occupied throughout their formative years. On the premise that everyday household items have limitless playtime potential, The author offers rules to such games as "Water Waddle," a race in which contestants tuck cups of water inside their socks; and "Scatter Clatter," a take on Hide and Seek wherein all players tape pebble-filled soda cans to their feet-in short, irreverent, zany games that kids will wish they had invented. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2004 June
Gr 5-8-The premise of this slim volume is that game playing should be inventive. The author often derides "boring" and "ordinary" pastimes and makes wry comments about parents. All 34 games are played with or made from items generally found around the house like bottle caps, pieces of cheese, old calendars, soda cans, sliced-up plastic pop containers, straws, furniture, and old toys. Some of the ideas are quite creative; others have potential for creating problems. For example, "Story Boardy" requires that toilet paper be unrolled throughout the entire house. Players are to draw lines and write instructions with magic markers on the squares. Hopefully, this "board" is not created on pale-colored carpets. Quirky drawings accompany the activities. Unfortunately, the small-size type is difficult to read, especially when printed on a colored background.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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