Save the stuffies!

Today we challenge you to create a simple “Save the stuffies” obstacle course. You need just a few materials:

1) a log or two – sticks also work! If indoors, use pillows or placemats as stepping stones. You just want them to be within a step’s reach of your youngest player.

2) stuffed animals or magazine/pictures of animals

3) a home base (a tree, step, chair, etc)

The goal of the game is to save the stuffies by balancing along the logs or stepping stones and picking up and taking each stuffy (one at a time) to home base without losing your balance. Repeat to save as many stuffies as you can. Have fun!

Nature Portraits

Making art from natural objects is so much fun! For this activity, collect any natural items that are appealing to you and your child like twigs, acorns, walnuts, invasive species, garden flowers, etc. and arrange them into portraits on a canvas. A paper plate or cardboard work well as a canvas (both outdoors and indoors) as do flat stumps in nature as well. This activity is a great conversation starter about different emotions and feelings. It’s so beneficial for our children to hear (over and over, so many times) that all feelings are okay and all feelings pass. We ALL have big feelings every day – especially right now during this time of uncertainty. Ask your child questions about the faces they create on their canvas and to remember a time they felt that emotion. Create different faces and play a “guess that feeling” game with your kiddo- it’s sure to have you both laughing in no time!

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!