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Boy’s Sports & Amusements Encyclopedia {Free}

Boy's Sports & Amusements Encyclopedia {Free}

Does the young man in your family have a problem concentrating?  There are several different ways to improve concentration — among which are turn off the TV, engage in physical activity, and get outside!  (Read the entire list.) Every Boy’s Book: A Complete Encyclopedia of Sports and Amusements edited by Edmund Routledge addresses all three!

When they use the term “encyclopedia” in this case they mean it.  The original book is 816 pages!

Here is a sampling of what you will find inside.

Part I – Easy Games With and Without Toys

  • Outdoor games without toys
  • Indoor games without toys
  • Outdoor games with toys (balls, kites, marbles and others)
  • Indoor games with toys

Part II – Athletic Sports

  • Angling
  • Archery
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Croquet
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Riding
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skating
  • Swimming
  • and many others

Part III – Scientific Pursuits

  • Acoustics
  • Aeronautics
  • Chemistry
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Mechanics
  • Optics
  • and many, many others

Part IV – Domestic Pets

  • Bees
  • Dogs
  • Guinea pigs
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • and many others

Part V – Miscellaneous

  • Boat building
  • Carpentry
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Gardening
  • Puzzles
  • and many others

Play “Hare & Hounds,” build a snow castle, jump rope, put on a concert, play rounders, make a kite, play skittles, walk on stilts, tie a fly, walk, leap, jump, climb a rope, put a horse through its paces, manage an oar, learn to skate, make a harp, experiment with nitrogen, charge a Leyden jar, electrify a wig, electrotype, make an Archimedean screw, make an artificial magnet, make a microscope, experiment with the optics of a soap bubble, make a rabbit hutch, build a boat, make a wood box, create a secret code, play dominoes, or create a fruit garden.

Includes all of the rules, many illustrations, and numerous ideas in each section.

Of course, not all of the activities will be suitable for every family. There are also several that, depending on the age of your youngster, will require adult supervision.

There are enough ideas in this book to keep even the most disinterested youngster busy.  The scientific experiments alone will come in very handy.

A perfect resource for the homeschool handy-mom.  And best of all — it’s free!

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