Last week I set up this simple store the nuts game for T to play after school, it's super simple and you need very few items you've probably already got around the house.
You will need
Loo rolls (one for each player)
A bag of nuts
I also add a picture of a squirrel to the tuff spot to initiate a discussion about why squirrels store nuts
1. First I painted the loo rolls brown, you don't have to do this or you could get your children to do this instead.
2. I printed out a picture of a squirrel and stuck it to the tuff spot, I added a bag of nuts the loo rolls and a dice.
3. The rules of the game are simple, roll the dice and add the relevant amount of nuts to the tree trunks. After the first couple of goes, we added some new rules, 1 = miss a turn and 3 = you had to remove 3 nuts, this added a new dimension to the game for T who relished in telling me to remove my nuts when I had a run of 3's 😂
The beauty of this game is that it is suitable for most ages, small children can develop their fine motor skills by dropping the nuts into the 'tree trunk' pre-schoolers can learn how to use a dice and count and for KS1 children you could associate different sized nuts to each number or use 2 dice and get the child to work out a sum or times table to earn a nut. It's a fun and simple family game too, great for after dinner.