Patty's Pointers

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This winter has been a cold and snowy one so far. The kids have had to be inside a lot! When it’s snowy and too cold to go outside to play, have some “snow” fun inside!

Here are some fun ideas to get kids of all ages moving without much preparation:

  • Paper Plate Ice Skating – Give your kids 2 paper plates each. These become their “skates”. Have the kids simply stand on them keeping their feet flat on the floor and glide along. Have them practice the speed skater stance or the twirl, and slide through the house. This is a great way to prep for the upcoming winter Olympics! Of course you should “skate” right alongside them! (:
  • Snowball Fight – Grab your laundry basket, some scrap paper and a marker. Depending on the age of your kids, write on the back of each sheet something they are learning – sight words, math facts, states and capitals, letters, numbers, shapes, etc. Spread the sheets around the room. Call out the answer as they race to find the right sheet, crumple it up, and toss in the basket from behind the line. If you have more than one child playing, make two sets of answers, one for each “team” on the opposite sides of the room. As each team finds the correct answer, they wad up the sheet and throw at the other team for the “snowball fight”.
  • Snowball toss and catch – This is a simple game that is so good for eye hand coordination. Using a paper plate, form a cone shape and staple or tape the edges together. Make one for each participant. Use either a Ping-Pong ball or Styrofoam ball to toss in the air and catch in the paper plate cone. If you don’t have a ball, wad up some aluminum foil into a ball and wrap in a piece of white paper (so it looks like a snowball!) Your child can play individually or toss and catch with a partner. See how many times they can catch in a row without dropping or switch off hands.  Simple fun!

I hope you and your family will try some of these easy to implement “snow” activities!

Stay warm and think spring! It will be here before you know it!

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Patty Emmert- I am a former Kindergarten teacher, current preschool teacher and children’s ministry director. I am the mother of 4 grown sons and grandmother to 10! I realize the importance of getting kids started off on a positive track in school. I'd like to offer some fun, simple ways to help you do that for your child!