Nature Show Recap with Elissa and Debi

Thanks to all who tuned in to Productive Play this week where we discussed the importance nature and being outside has in the development of young children and their long-term success. We also shared a specific and fun nature activity to do at home or school with your children.

After each “Productive Play” show, we recap the episode here on the Word of Mom Radio Blog. Everyone is busy so if you had to tune out early, missed the original show, or need a refresher of the activity and what we discussed, this is where you can check back and find all the information you need!

 Productive Play Show 6 


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
  • Study done in 2007, showed many benefits to the children that played outdoors including: less aggressive, more creative, better concentration and being more physically active.

 Nature Tic-Tac-Toe

Phase 1, Month 3, Activity 22


  • 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)



  • Make the game board using sticks for lines. You can also draw the board in dirt or sand or use chalk on a sidewalk.
  • Use rocks, shells, pinecones, acorns, or some other item from nature to use as X’s and O’s
  • Review how to play tic-tac-toe and alternate turns until one player gets three objects in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal)
  • 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.


  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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