175 Great Games and a Giveaway!

I recently reviewed the book Great Games! 175 Games & Activities for Families, Groups, and Children by Matthew Toone. I was pretty excited to get this book especially since one of the main points was that these games were “no cost, low prep (with simple things from around the house, you’ll be having fun in no time!)”

The author, Matthew Toone, grew up in a family of eight children. That sounds like my family! I am the oldest of ten. Our family played (and still plays) many games as well. I grew up knowing that playing games is a great way to have fun, spend time with, and learn about your family. As I got older I realized that not only do games provide those wonderful benefits, but they are also low cost. I would often run into the store and purchase a new game instead of going to a movie.

This book is much better than picking up a game at the store. These games that Matthew Toone has developed are very low cost if not free! Most of the items can be found in your home. There are many games that require nothing, some require a deck of cards, I saw at least one that required snow, and a few require some odds and ends (like a shoe from each player, or a ball and sidewalk chalk). All of them are low cost.

The index splits the games into Indoor games (acting/drawing, brain teaser/discovery, card, guessing, funny, intellectual/educational, team races/relays, trivia, and words/vocabulary games), outdoor games (backyard/BBQ/park, church/youth group, funny, gym, night, relays/team race, sports/athletic, summer/winter, team building/leadership), and children’s games (card, educational/mind, guessing, indoor/quiet, outdoor/active, road trip/car, sidewalk, and words/numbers.

Great Games sells for $25.95, but right now you can purchase it for $15.95 ($19.06 after shipping). I strongly recommend this book. Use it for a family night, a date night, a friend night. I think it would make a great gift as well. It is a book that not only saves money, but it also brings people closer together.

GIVEAWAY!!!

One lucky reader is going to win a copy of this book! I thought of a few ways to do this giveaway and review and since it is for a game book I wanted it to be fun! Plus, there isn’t enough room in a post to tell you about all the wonderful things in this book. So, here is how you can enter this giveaway:

  • First, head over to Great Games and find which game looks the most interesting to you. If you click on “view book” then you will see some pictures. Pictures #2-#7 are of the index. Find the title of a game that you would like to know more about and leave it as a comment! Make sure you do this entry first!
  • Of course, if you are a subscriber to Little People Wealth (RSS or Email) then you always get an extra entry! Just leave a comment saying that you subscribe.
  • If you are a follower of Little People Wealth then you will also get an extra entry
  • If you promote this post/giveaway then you will get an extra entry (email, blog post, forum posting, twitter, facebook – just let me know what you did!)

Now for the fun extra entries. I will be choosing one of the games that you would like to know more about and letting you know how to play it! I will do this 4 times over the course of the week. Each time I do every single person who leaves a comment on the post will get an extra entry! That means that you can get up to 8 entries for this book. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed 🙂

And now for the technical stuff… The winner will be chosen using the comment number and random.org on Tuesday Sep 29th. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information and claim their prize.

{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Serendipity is Sweet September 24, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Hmmm, lots to choose from in the index. I think I'll have to go with Fo' Shizzle My Nizzle, lol. Can't wait to see how to play that one.
thanks 😀

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2 Serendipity is Sweet September 24, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I am a subscriber 😀
melissa b rich at gmail dot com
thanks!

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3 Serendipity is Sweet September 24, 2009 at 1:12 pm

i'm also a follower 🙂

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4 Life More Simply September 24, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I want information on ALL of them. As a Rec Therapist, I could really use this book! In particular, I love the acting games. I used to play "mafia" but don't remember how, so I'd enjoy re-learning to play this game. 🙂

rachel.east08 at houghton dot edu

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5 Life More Simply September 24, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Follower 🙂

rachel.east08 at houghton dot edu

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6 Corinna September 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Okay, I'm dying to know how to play Fo Shizzle My Nizzle. Just saying that cracks me up!

I already follow you and subscribe to you! Yay me!

Corinna

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7 3palermosplusone September 24, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I would love to know about digital scavenger race, we love digital things in our family so this sounds like fun for our five year old 🙂

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8 3palermosplusone September 24, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I also subscribe can't risk missing anything 🙂

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9 kathy September 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I always take a variety of ideas from books when we go on a long car trip or out to eat. We love educational games, games about "did you know?" like history questions, things about presidents or the states, etc. So, based on our family interests, I would be interested right away in the Brain Teaser and Discovery Games, the Funny Games, drawing games, intellectual and educational games and words and vocab. games
I'm going to ask my library to get this book – it's right up my alley

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10 kathy September 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm

follower

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11 Nicola September 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I would like to know more about try not to smile/laugh. I have 2 preschoolers and this sounds like a totally fun game with them.

njfoley@sbcglobal.net

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12 Nicola September 24, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I'm also a subscriber.

njfoley@sbcglobal.net

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13 ladyvenora September 24, 2009 at 2:50 pm

So many to pick from! This looks like an awesome book! If I had to pick one, I'd pick King of the Dictionary. This would be an awesome book for our family!

ladyvenora@gmail.com

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14 ladyvenora September 24, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I subscribe! Thanks!

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15 ladyvenora September 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm
16 Mommy Kennedy September 24, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I would like to know more about the game Mafia! Sounds interesting.

Don't forget to come by and enter my Eebee Threebee DVD set giveaway too!

http://thefrugalkennedys.blogspot.com/2009/09/eebees-adventures-dvd-review.html

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17 Mommy Kennedy September 24, 2009 at 5:18 pm
18 Mommy Kennedy September 24, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I subscribe by email

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19 Mommy Kennedy September 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I follow your blog publicly

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20 judybrittle September 24, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Blind Man's Hunt sounds interesting.
I would love to play a lot of the games listed. That would be really fun. Thank you!

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21 judybrittle September 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm

I'm a subscriber
judybrittle at gmail dot com

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22 judybrittle September 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm

I'm a follower.

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23 judybrittle September 24, 2009 at 11:16 pm
24 Tashia September 25, 2009 at 2:59 pm

The "Fo' Schnizzle my Fizzle" game looks interesting!

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25 Tashia September 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I subscribed to your RSS!

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26 Tashia September 25, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I tweeted and facebooked your giveaway!
http://twitter.com/tashiacalhoun

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27 Connie September 25, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Dodgeball capture the flag sounds fun.

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28 Bombtastic Belle September 25, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Mafia and Stratigic War sound like fun 🙂
eod_army_wife04(at)yahoo(dot)com

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29 Jenna September 26, 2009 at 4:07 am

This book Loks AWESOME!! Totally on my Christmas list. If I don't win your giveaway, of course : ).

Thanks!

jenna @ myfreedomtrading.com

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30 BusyMom September 26, 2009 at 12:53 pm

the noun game looks interesting to me. I like the combination of knowing person, place, thing and the charades.

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31 BusyMom September 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm
32 Tammy A. September 26, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Tammy A.
bowling dodgeball sounds interestingly fun

tratchley@hotmail.com

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33 Jay September 27, 2009 at 12:57 am

Brain Teasers-Two truths and a Lie.
rbjj32825[at]lycos[dot]com

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34 Brimful Curiosities September 27, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Now I'm super curious as to what Inchypinchywinchy is all about. Looks like a book full of fun! Thanks.

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35 Brimful Curiosities September 27, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Follower

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36 Brimful Curiosities September 27, 2009 at 7:14 pm
37 LittlePeopleWealth September 27, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Entry #37 = judybrittle for her comment on the Fo Shizzle My Nizzle instructions post!

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38 Robin September 28, 2009 at 3:23 am

This book looks like so much fun! Billboard Poetry looks interesting to me! I love word games!

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39 Robin September 28, 2009 at 3:24 am

I'm also a subscriber!

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40 Dina September 28, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Guess That Movie sounds interesting!

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41 Dina September 28, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Subscriber to Little People Wealth in RSS

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42 Dina September 28, 2009 at 12:15 pm

follower of Little People Wealth

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43 Dina September 28, 2009 at 12:16 pm
44 jbafaith September 28, 2009 at 12:43 pm

I thought 2 truths and a lie sounded interesting and "whatever you do don't smile".

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45 jbafaith September 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm

I subscribe

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46 Charissa September 28, 2009 at 6:17 pm

I would be interested in learning more about Plus & Minus from the Children's Card Games section.

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47 LittlePeopleWealth September 29, 2009 at 12:30 am

Entry #47 = Robin on the King of the Dictionary Post

Entry #48 = Judybrittle on the King of the Dictionary Post

Entry #49 = Dina on the King of the Dictionary Post

Entry #50 = Kathy on the King of the Dictionary Post

Entry #51 = Charissa on the King of the Dictionary Post

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48 LittlePeopleWealth September 30, 2009 at 2:29 am

Entry #52 = Judybrittle on the Whatever you Do Don't Smile post

Entry #53 = 3palermosplusone on the Whatever you do Don't Smile post

Entry #54 = Kathy on the Whatever you do Don't Smile post

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49 LittlePeopleWealth September 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Entry #55 = Life More Simply on the Blind Man's Hunt post

Entry #56 = Mommy Kennedy on the Blind Man's Hunt post

Entry #57 = Robin on the Blind Man's Hunt Post

Entry #58 = Dina on the Blind Man's Hunt Post

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50 Anonymous October 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Cops and Robbers sounds like fun. My boys would like it
I'm sure.
tootsy11@att.net

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51 Sandy H July 30, 2010 at 12:59 am

A lot of these games sound kind of like things we did as kids (long ago!!) It would be awesome to learn the details behind them and find out how they differ from what I remember! I think the one I am most interested in is Fo' Shizzle My Nizzle. It sounds hilarious.

Thanks!!
sandy (at) journeytoourhome (dot) com

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52 Sandy H July 30, 2010 at 1:03 am

I subsrcibed to LPW daily emails at sandyjbell(at)yahoo(dot)com

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53 Sandy H July 30, 2010 at 1:05 am

I follow LPW on FB at Sandy Bell.

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54 LittlePeopleWealth July 30, 2010 at 9:13 pm

This is a great book! I really recommend it. The contest ended a while ago though.

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