Robert Fulghum (know for his essay, "All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarden" - still appropriate for today!) wrote a book called, "Words I Wish I Wrote." It was a collection of writings that inspired a lot of his work. Well, for me, the "Book" I wish I wrote is "The Play and Game Leader's Handbook: Facilitating Fun and Positive Interaction," by Bill Michaelis and John M. O'Connell.
This booked is packed with sound and valuable information for those interested in leading games and activities for groups. Chapters include: On Playing on Purpose; The Fundamentals of Play Leadership; Getting It Going; Keeping It Going; and, Ending It well. There is also a chapter on Advanced Leadership Skills for those who have been playing a bit longer than the new game and play leader.
The book and valuable DVDs from Bill Michaelis, that demonstrate the ways of a master Play Leader in action, can be found at the Children Together website.
This blog is a space for hands-on programable fun - energetic activities and ideas that can be used as a means to bring people together; activities and ideas we as educators can add to our social development curriculums.
Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known author, speaker, and trainer in the area of adventure-based activity programming and its relation to community and pro-social behavior development.