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Guess what?!? We heard the greatest thing today! Audible is offering some great children's books for free while school is out! Audiobooks are a favorite around here and we thought this would be a great opportunity to create a new game for all of our lovely clients and followers while everyone is at home for a bit.
Materials & Equipment
Stone Soup book or audiobook
14 small stones or coins
1-3 metal pots
First, go ahead and print the vegetable card sheets and cut them into cards with one vegetable image on each. Tape a stone (or a coin) on the back of each card to give enough weight to be tossed. If you want these to last longer, you can print them on cardstock, laminate them, our simply sandwich each vegetable image between two pieces of clear packing tape.
Next, go to Audible and listen to the book Stone Soup. (If you are reading this after the promo has ended, you should be able to find wonderfully illustrated copies of Stone Soup at your local library or Scholastic has a free mini-book that you can print with some additional activities.) At the end of the story see how many vegetables each listener can recall. This is also a great time to discuss the benefits of sharing!
Now, for the game part! You can use 1, 2, 3 pots or more. Place the pot(s) on the floor. Have player 1 sit or stand 5-7 feet away from the pot(s). Place 7 weighted vegetable cards on the floor to the player's right side and the remaining 7 cards to the player's left side.
For an additional challenge try standing on pillow, wobble disk, or BOSU ball. Or even standing on one foot! This will require additional core strength and balance.
Have the player bend/lean forward or to the side and reach for a weighted vegetable card. Encourage crossing mid-line by using his/her left hand for cards on the right side and vice versa.
Player 1 names the pot s/he is aiming for (ex. big, medium, small, #1, #2, #3) Having to wait, look, and name target also improves impulse control. Then throw the vegetable card at pot (onderhand) and try to land it inside!
You can then rotate to the next player or keep trying a certain number of times. There are lots of variations you can come up with! You could even have each pot be worth a certain amount of points. Just be sure to keep with the theme of sharing and working together!
Download the printable in our online shop! Be sure to use the promo code FREEBIE at checkout.
Speaking of working together...Peaceable Kingdom makes a fantastic cooperation game also called Stone Soup. These are high-quality board games with a positive message!
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