5-2 | Go Out and Play: Favorite Outdoor Games from KaBoom!

Book Review

Go Out and Play: Favorite Outdoor Games from KaBoom!

Somerville, MA: Harvard Candlewick Press, 2012. Contents, images, resources. 96 pp. $11.99 paper. ISBN: 9780763653303

by Olga S. Jarrett

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This delightful book of children’s outdoor games is designed to inspire parents, grandparents, and other adults to play outdoors with children. An introduction by Darell Hammond, founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, the organization promoting community-built playgrounds, challenges adults to reintroduce outdoor play into their children’s lives. What he refers to as “play deficit” occurs because children spend too much time watching television and playing video games when they are at home, and because unsafe neighborhoods and the abolition of recess in some schools discourage outdoor play. He challenges parents to make their children play outdoors for at least sixty minutes each day and recommends the games in the book as a way to encourage outdoor play. Most of the games were contributed by Playworks, a nonprofit organization that provides play activities and supervision during school recess and at other play times. Additional games come from people who have participated in play days and wanted to share their ideas.