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Winter weather may have everyone moving indoors but the games and puzzles on this list will make sure that the chill doesn’t stop the fun. Keep everyone entertained, from holiday visitors to kids with extra time on their hands during the school break.

Fascinating role-playing games by Lori Polydoros

 

What is it like to battle an army of orcs to protect an enchanted forest? How would you defeat an evil sorcerer to rescue the fair maiden? In role-playing games, these heroic acts and many others can be achieved with just a little imagination. Enter the world of competitive role-playing games and discover what it takes to become the greatest hero of the land.

 

 

100 fun & easy learning games for kids : teach reading, writing, math and more with fun activities by Amanda Boyarshinov & Kim Vij.

 

Prepare your child for success by using guided play at home to teach FUNdamental learning topics.Kids love to play, but they don't always love to learn. With 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids, turn playtime into an opportunity for your children to learn skills that will prepare them for school. In the activities, children learn fundamental skills in areas like reading, writing, math, science, the world, art and music-but they'll have so much fun, they won't even realize they're learning!

 

Card games all-in-one for dummies by Kevin Blackwood, Chris Derossi, Mark "The Red" Harlin, Richard D. Harroch, Lou Krieger and Barry Rigal.

 

Whether you're looking to tackle a Texas Hold 'em tournament or beat a friendly competitor at Gin Rummy, Card Games All-In-One For Dummies helps you stack the odds in your favor to start playing--and winning--the world's most popular card games. From Bridge and Hearts to Blackjack, card games are timeless activities that offer loads of fun, bringing people of all ages together to socialize and have a hand at some friendly competition. But if you're ready to up the ante, this all-encompassing guide gives you the card-playing power to apply winning strategies and tips to master your game of choice and beat your opponents.
 

Vintage party games by Marion Paull.

 

Let Marion Paull take you on a rose-tinted journey through the world of the party game, beginning with Playtime Before Computers, when children played with toys such as humming tops, tin noisemakers, rocking horses, and more, many of which are still enjoyed today. In Playing Outside, find out the story behind Hopscotch, Tug o' War, and Capture the Flag, all of which will make you want to run outside and return to your childhood. In Party Time, there are fun facts about Pass the Parcel, Blind Man's Buff, Ring a Ring o'Roses, What's the Time Mr Wolf? and more, and you can also learn the key ingredients of a great party game, one of which is the importance of getting everyone involved. While Parlor Games can be more sedate, these are excellent for exercising your general knowledge and quick thinking, with favorites such as I Spy and Charades, all profiled here. There is also a detailed section on board games, so many of which are still played today, such as Snakes and Ladders, Backgammon, and Chinese checkers. You will become a games aficionado with this handy treasure-trove of intriguing facts and stories.

 

Unbored games : serious fun for everyone by Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen ; illustrations by Mister Reusch & Heather Kasunick ; design by Tony Leone ; chapter lettering by Chris Piascik.

 

UNBORED Games has all the smarts, creativity, and DIY spirit of the original UNBORED ("It's a book! It's a guide! It's a way of life!" -Los Angeles Magazine), but with a laser-like focus on the activities we do for pure fun: to while away a rainy day, to test our skills and stretch our imaginations-games. There are more than seventy games here, 50 of them all new, plus many more recommendations, and they cover the full gambit, from old-fashioned favorites to today's high-tech games. The book offers a gold mine of creative, constructive fun: intricate clapping games, bike rodeo, Google Earth challenges, croquet golf, capture the flag, and the best ever apps to play with Grandma, to name only a handful. Gaming is a whole culture for kids to explore, and the book will be complete with gaming history and interviews with awesome game designers. The lessons here: all games can be self-customized, or hacked. You can even make up your own games. Some could even change the world.


 

The everything big book of party games : over 300 creative and fun games for all ages! by Carrie Sever.

Tons of party games, including popular "minute-to-win" challenges!

What's the secret to the best parties? Games--and the sillier, the better! Get your guests out of their chairs and into the fun with activities guaranteed to keep everyone laughing, including:
Cookie Face (Who can walk the farthest with a cookie on his forehead?)
Two Truths and a Lie (Which one is the lie?)
Improv in a Bag (Teams come up with a skit using household items.)
Mummy Wrap (A race to make the fastest toilet-paper mummy.)
Human Bowling (Just like it sounds!)
And many more, including scavenger hunts, truth-or-dare ideas, holiday games, and do-it-yourself challenges.
The Everything Big Book of Party Games is packed with tons of games for groups of all levels and sizes and for a variety of occasions, from kids' birthday celebrations to holiday parties to vacations and more. With this book in hand, you'll have all you need to throw parties to remember
 

The book of card games : the complete rules to the classics, family favorites, and forgotten games by Nikki Katz.

 

Now you can enjoy all the games you've always loved--and find new favorites--with The Book of Card Games. From bridge and pitch to war and whist, this timeless collection outlines the rules to more than fifty classic games and a number of entertaining variations. You can reference the exact rules for gin rummy or try a new spin on the game-night staple with Manipulation Rummy. Why not switch it up on the poker table and go all in during a round of Anaconda, Football, or Omaha? You can even have fun on your own with solitary games like Free Cell and Monte Carlo. The Book of Card Games stacks the deck in your favor for hours of entertaining fun with family and friends!

 

The ultimate book of family card games by Oliver Ho.

 

Pick a card game--any game! Everyone loves to play cards, and this ultimate collection has all the fun favorites, including rummy, spades, war, old maid, go fish, snip snap snorem, and hearts. There are over 50 games in all, organized by type and difficulty, and complete with instructions, rules, strategies, color illustrations, and a brief note on each one's origins.

 


 

Play these games : 101 delightful diversions using everyday items by Heather Swain.

 

Offers step-by-step instructions for making inexpensive, homemade games from items found around the house, including family photos, clothespins, rubber bands, and cardboard boxes.


 

 

 

Fun and games for the 21st century family by Steve Caplin & Simon Rose.

 

From games you can play on the kitchen table in five minutes before dinner to day-long adventures in the open air, and with brand new games as well as fresh takes on perennial classics, 'Fun & Games for the 21st Century Family' is a hugely inventive book no modern home should be without.

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