Anthony Dowson is back with More Fun and Games. The book he coauthored in 2005, Fun and Games, was a big hit with teachers, coaches, and all activity leaders who work with kids. Dowson’s new book continues the premise from the first book—that children’s physical activity games need to be fun and creative as well as developmentally sound.
But Dowson doesn’t stop there. For each of the 100 new games this expert physical education teacher and coach offers, he adds a pop-out box that notes the skills and fitness components the game will help kids develop. More Fun and Games covers warm-up, cool-down, and multisport games, as well as games for the following sports: soccer, cricket, basketball, tennis, netball, rugby, volleyball, badminton, and hockey.
Each game includes information on equipment required, rules, and coaching advice. The games are easy to set up, require minimal equipment, and come with suggestions for adapting the games to suit not only the size of your group but also the skill level. And you can easily find the right game for your group by using the game finder section.
These entertaining games and activities maximize participation while developing key skills, such as decision making, teamwork, attacking, and defending. By developing the technical skills they need in order to succeed in sports, kids will also develop greater self-confidence and enjoy their sport participation all the more. The games are crafted to help the kids stay focused, remain active, and have fun. The result is that they develop not only their motor skills and sport-specific skills but also positive attitudes toward physical activity. They’ll have loads of fun with these games and want to come back for more, and they’ll be on their way to establishing lifelong physical activity habits through More Fun and Games.
Chapter 1. Multi-Sport Games
Chapter 2. Basketball and Netball Games
Chapter 3. Cricket, Striking and Fielding Games
Chapter 4. Hockey Games
Chapter 5. Rugby Games
Chapter 6. Soccer Games
Chapter 7. Tennis and Badminton Games
Chapter 8. Volleyball Games
Chapter 9. Cool-Down Games
Anthony Dowson received a post-graduate certificate of education and a master's degree in sport science from Loughborough University and teaches physical education at Whickham Sports College in Gateshead, England. Also the coauthor of Fun and Games, published in 2005, Dowson coached soccer for seven summers in the United States for Major League Soccer camps. He has earned numerous coaching awards for basketball, tennis, soccer, cricket, volleyball, badminton and rugby and has been a director of A Level PE at numerous institutions. He also owns SHAPE Performance, a business offering services and consultancy in sport, health and physical education. Dowson is a member of the Football Association (FA), the Association for Physical Education, and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing soccer (he has played semi-professionally since 1998), fitness training, and playing other sports.