Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Do You Have a Fond Game-Playing Memory? It Could Win You a Copy of “Great Games!”

Several months ago, I raved about a fun and unique new book called Great Games! 175 Games & Activities for Families, Groups, and Children, which is a fabulous resource for people who love games. This book is literally full of fun game and activity ideas for people of all ages and groups of all sizes, and there are games for any category or setting. You can check it out at

Now that the holidays are fast approaching, author Mathew Toone is in a gift-giving mood, and he wants to give away more copies of his book! In fact, three lucky people will win a copy of Great Games! If you’re a winner, you can use it for your own family or gathering, or consider giving it as a one-of-a-kind gift to someone who likes to have fun.

Entering is easy: Simply leave a one-paragraph comment on this post about a time when you played games with your family or friends and it created a fun memory, strengthened relationships, or simply brought your family closer together. Your game might involve Monopoly, touch football, tag, tiddly winks, or any imaginable indoor or outdoor game!

The deadline to send your story in is December 15, 2009. Along with the other bloggers participating in this giveaway, we will send your stories to author Matthew Toone, who will personally select three winners of Great Games! Good luck!

BONUS! The blogger who receives the most comments will receive 10 free copies of Great Games! If I'm the winner, I will randomly select 5 people who left comments (appropriate contest entries) on this post to get one of those books!


  1. This is right up my alley. We love games!


  2. Anonymous11:59 PM

    I think my most fond game-playing memory was at my Great Aunt Laura's. When my family would go over to her house, we'd always end up playing cards. Anything from Uno, Rook, Rummy, or Euchre would keep us laughing and enjoying the day. My aunt was a teacher, and her patience and love for children really shined through when she'd teach us how to play the games. She always had activities for us, special snacks, and tabloids to always was prepared for us to spend the night if it was allowed. On these special occasions, we'd always end up staying awake well past our bedtime trying to win 'just one more hand' and avoid going to sleep like any kid. Of course she almost always agreed. We also went to the lake where she and my great uncle had a 3bdrm trailer for a week in the summer. We'd play math games along with Eyespy on the car trip there. Being with her and playing those games has become one of my most favorite memories, game-playing or non, and I think this book would be a great way to pass that on to my two daughters. They love to play the games I know, and any additions would be great! :D Thanks for this opportunity!

  3. In my family, the card game bridge was taught early. I was practically born at the bridge table (Mom had bridge the night before LOL). They taught us whist around age 5 to learn how to play tricks, and I definitely remember bidding by age 8. We spent many, many nights playing with both parents and just us kids and our family friends who also played. If play got boring, we'd sometimes do crazy bidding for games we'd never make just to mix things up. I can't wait for my kids to be old enough to play!

  4. Anonymous4:47 PM

    Our family loves playing games together. We love playing outdoor games when the weather is nice. This past summer we took time several days a week to play outside. My 7 year old son loves playing basketball. We had a lot of fun playing basketball. We played versions of "HORSE" where we decided on a word like HOUSE, SCHOOL, APPLE, BUDDY, or some other 5 or 6 letter word of choice and then the first player would try and shoot a basket in any fashion that they choose and take turns shooting and spelling the words, just like one would play the classic game of HORSE. Not only was the game fun for the whole family, but it helped my son practice shooting baskets and spelling. Now that school is back in session, when the weather is nice we like to play this game and use words from my son's spelling words list. It makes a fun way for him to practice and learn his spelling words.

    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com


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