Number Ride

The Number Ride game is really simple and totally customizable. All you need is sidewalk chalk (or markers and paper indoors). Make many sets of the same 3 numbers a short distance apart. The goal is to bike ride (or hop or jump) on whichever number chosen that round, from the start to the finish. Vary the distance of the numbers based on age and ability and plan for your child to be able to hit the same number 5 or 6 times. It’s great to start with consecutive numbers like 1, 2, and 3 and you can quickly move to playing with concepts like evens (2, 4 and 6’s) and odds (1, 3 and 5’s) as well as using the numbers to show children how to count by 5’s and 10’s. Have fun with the Number Ride!

Nature twists on fun games

It’s easy to add a little nature into play!

We are all spending a lot more time at home these days and while it’s always wonderful to spend time in nature, it’s extra important right now to find a way to bring nature into our lives to help calm, center and soothe us.

Our amazing staff at the Audubon Nature Preschool is excited to share a fun activity to help bring more nature into your lives each weekday. All activities are geared toward young children and are adaptable based on age and whatever outdoor (or indoor) spaces you have available to you. Here’s a sneak peek at the type of activities we’ll be sharing each day. Leave us a comment if you try it out! Have fun, everyone!img_6325

Step-scotch: a nature twist on hopscotch…with steps!

This activity is super fun indoors or outdoors. If outdoors, just add one action idea to each step with chalk. You’ll also want to mark a starting point and ending point on the sidewalk if possible. Then gather rocks, seed pods, or pine cones and toss the nature item on the steps. Take up to three tosses and whichever step your item lands on is the action you try!

If you’re indoors, just add the actions to each step with paper, markers and tape. You can tape off a starting and end point on the floor for the actions and use natural items to toss if you collect some items on a nature walk. Enjoy!