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The delightful story of creative play with miniature figures and magical worlds on the nursery floor is brought back to life in this reprint of a historical work. Written for his sons in 1911, Wells's story immerses the reader in a tale where possibilities are the given and surprises the fact. It has since been used as a teaching tool for psychotherapists the world over to The delightful story of creative play with miniature figures and magical worlds on the nursery floor is brought back to life in this reprint of a historical work. Written for his sons in 1911, Wells's story immerses the reader in a tale where possibilities are the given and surprises the fact. It has since been used as a teaching tool for psychotherapists the world over to understand children's methods of thinking and is instrumental in the work of sandplay therapists. An insightful introduction discusses the history of play in Wells's prolific creative life and his role in the development of sandplay therapy.


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The delightful story of creative play with miniature figures and magical worlds on the nursery floor is brought back to life in this reprint of a historical work. Written for his sons in 1911, Wells's story immerses the reader in a tale where possibilities are the given and surprises the fact. It has since been used as a teaching tool for psychotherapists the world over to The delightful story of creative play with miniature figures and magical worlds on the nursery floor is brought back to life in this reprint of a historical work. Written for his sons in 1911, Wells's story immerses the reader in a tale where possibilities are the given and surprises the fact. It has since been used as a teaching tool for psychotherapists the world over to understand children's methods of thinking and is instrumental in the work of sandplay therapists. An insightful introduction discusses the history of play in Wells's prolific creative life and his role in the development of sandplay therapy.

30 review for Floor Games (Sandplay Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Cherry

    This is Wells at his most playful, literally. Wells outlines the games he plays with his two sons and the equipment they use. He describes building islands and cities on the floor in their home. The cities are populated by toy soldiers and any other figures they could find. He bemoans the lack of civilian figures more than once. He also describes the lucky inheritance of a large number of custom made blocks. He would have loved Lego(tm).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Marcher

    We're three - maybe four - years out from YouTube becoming the primary role model in children's lives from ages 3 - 17. We're three - maybe four - years out from YouTube becoming the primary role model in children's lives from ages 3 - 17.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Yex

    This is a pretty interesting treatise on the art of playing with toys; however, a fairly sizable amount of Edwardian-era casual racism puts a damper on the fun.

  4. 5 out of 5

    K

    Fun, little discourse by H.G. Wells on creative play with his kids on the floor mostly focusing on world-building using wood blocks, boards, toy people, trains and miscellaneous stuff.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roland Volz

    Often called a "companion book" to his work on wargaming called Little Wars even though it was written first, Floor Games is about the practice of creating imaginary worlds out of figurines, blocks, and whatever else might be lying around -- a skill possessed by almost every child, though most fall out of practice as they get older. Here Wells, writing before the invention of Legos and action figures, decries the limited selection of toys available in his time, making recommendations to manufact Often called a "companion book" to his work on wargaming called Little Wars even though it was written first, Floor Games is about the practice of creating imaginary worlds out of figurines, blocks, and whatever else might be lying around -- a skill possessed by almost every child, though most fall out of practice as they get older. Here Wells, writing before the invention of Legos and action figures, decries the limited selection of toys available in his time, making recommendations to manufacturers that would not be followed for decades. Illustrated by photographs Wells took in his home, this is a heartwarming glimpse of a loving father at play with his sons.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patti Williams

    Not much to be gained in this very short "book". I did like the philosophy of the open floor for children to play on, but then Wells starts to sound too British, criticizing toy store toys as too rigid, while at the same time specifing exactly what a child should take away from playing with bricks and boards. He starts to sound tedious and unimaginative; and quite frankly, I could have more fun with an etch-a-sketch. Not much to be gained in this very short "book". I did like the philosophy of the open floor for children to play on, but then Wells starts to sound too British, criticizing toy store toys as too rigid, while at the same time specifing exactly what a child should take away from playing with bricks and boards. He starts to sound tedious and unimaginative; and quite frankly, I could have more fun with an etch-a-sketch.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tom Loock

    Written in a very casual, colloquial style. Makes me wonder what the book would read like if Wells had written it today. His promotion of free-form gaming is still valid 115 years later. Reminds me of the (very similar) games I invented for and with my friends when I was in my early teens.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna Pervukhin

    Brilliant. But skip the legacy part.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    After you read Little Wars, you have to read this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mari Säisä

  12. 4 out of 5

    Philip Wall

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  14. 4 out of 5

    Littlemissallee

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mark Parkins

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liv Worthen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pcgowan

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jay

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shanea

  21. 5 out of 5

    A.M. Jenner

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erik Cox

  24. 5 out of 5

    J.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lauritz Saxtrup

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brett

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robert Burr

  28. 4 out of 5

    M

  29. 4 out of 5

    Warren Stine

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Yoder

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