365 Everyday Games and Pastimes: Something Fun for Everyone by M & S Toseland

I have an absolutely rubbish imagination when it comes down to doing stuff with the kids. I’ll come home from work to find wifey has painted murals all over the patio windows with them, made spaceships, baked cakes, and umpteen other things. My skills, it would appear, lie elsewhere. I tend to lie on the floor and allow the pair of them to beat 7 shades of heck out of me. This is only going to work for so long though, especially as they get older and the boy has worked out how to do a two handed overhead chop with his Legoland sword.
Thankfully, there are plenty of books around for those of us (men) who are a bit crap at playing with anything other than Lego. 365 Everyday Games and Pastimes: Something Fun for Everyone is one of them. It’s presented in an old school way that appeals to me, plenty of text to explain whats going on rather than a couple of badly sequenced photos that usually go something like this:
1)picture of a piece of paper
2)picture of some well manucured hands folding paper
3)a work of origami art that no man on earth can reproduce from the above two pictures.
I’m much more at home with being told what to do rather than being shown.
So 365 Everyday Games and Pastimes: Something Fun for Everyone is pretty good at this and has come at a key time as the weather gets even more rubbish. I found some inspiration in and and must say the battered father/husband look is on the back burner at the moment.
It looks to bring back some focus on traditional games that we’ve all probably played as a child but have forgotten about. I certainly remembered more than a few of them. ¬†the book also gives the history of them too, which is as interesting as playing them in some instances. Although a lot of the games work better with children older than ours (3 and 1), we did have fun with the Halloween games over the weekend and I reckon there are more than a few of the Christmas games we’ll be playing too.

  • They look like they’re doing a great job! I have a fight with my two and a half year old, she tends to eat the toothpaste, and then moltsy brush her tongue, but she’s fiercely independant and doesn’t like mummy to help. I might start doing it while she’s asleep !!