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Show #6: Nature

Nature Tic-Tac-Toe


  • 4 sticks, sand or dirt or sidewalk chalk
  • 2 sets of 5 nature objects (pinecones, rocks, acorns, leaves- these will be your X’s and O’s)


  1. Make the game board using sticks for lines. You can also draw the board in dirt or sand or use chalk on a sidewalk.
  2. Use rocks, shells, pinecones, acorns, or some other item from nature to use as X’s and O’s
  3. Review how to play tic-tac-toe and alternate turns until one player gets three objects in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal)
  4. While tic-tac-toe is easily played inside on paper, the goal is to have children get outside to experience nature. While outside playing the game encourage a child to listen to sounds, observe their outdoor environment and find other ways to have fun outside. 


  • The #1 brain booster for preschoolers is one-on-one time with parents. The exchanges of language and ideas with an adult is much more effective in “brain boosting” than multitude of classes and activities
  • 50% of U.S. preschool aged children don’t get outdoors at least once a day for parent-supervised playtime
  • Kids spend 10 times as long on screen time as they do playing outside


  1. “I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature” by Jennifer Ward
  2. “Deep In The Swamp” by Donna Bateman
  3. “Cat In The Hat Learning Library” try titles: “Would You Rather Be a Pollywog” or “I Can Name 50 Trees”

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