OBJECTIVE OF SQUIRRELS AND ACORNS: The objective of Squirrels and Acorns is to collect the most acorns without missing a jump during jump rope.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3 or More Players
MATERIALS: Toys, dice, and a Jump Rope
TYPE OF GAME: Outdoor Game
AUDIENCE: Ages 7 and Up
OVERVIEW OF SQUIRRELS AND ACORNS
Squirrels and Acorns is the perfect combination of education and activity. As the kids act as “squirrels” they must rush to jump rope, without missing of course, and collect the acorns found on the other side. The more acorns you collect without mistake, the more likely you are to win.
To setup this game, begin by creating a pile of “acorns”. The “acorns” can be made up of toys, treats, or really anything to keep the children occupied. Then, a few feet away, set up the jump rope. Each player will choose a designated area on the opposite side of the jump rope from the acorns. The game is then ready to begin.
To play the game, two players will stand on each end of the jump rope. The player whose turn it will begin by rolling two dice. Depending on the player’s mathematical ability, they will add or multiply the numbers found on the die. This number determines how many times they will have to jump the jump rope before they are able to collect an acorn from the pile.
Once the player jumps the jump rope the assigned number of times, they are able to collect one acorn from the stash and store it in their chosen place. If a player incorrectly adds or multiplies, then they do not collect an acorn. They are also not permitted to collect an acorn if they miss their jumps on the jump rope.
END OF GAME
The game continues until all of the acorns have been collected. Each player will count how many acorns they were able to collect. The player with the most acorns, wins the game.