Snow Throw

Age
3-5 years
Child Development
Literacy links: counting; number recognition. Vocabulary: throwing words (throw, roll, toss). Social Skills: patience, turn-taking.
Equipment
None
Optional: bingo dabber to draw in the snow or a stick
Physical Activity

Vigorous play, developing body control and spatial awareness; cooperative play.

Where this can be played
Outdoors
How to Play
  1. Build three piles of snow, one pile closer and the other two piles further away.
  2. Have children make a snow ball.
  3. Draw a line in the snow for children to throw from.
  4. Children throw their snow ball at the piles of snow.
Change it up / Alternatives / Additional Options
  • Each time someone hits a pile of snow they get 10 points. The first person to reach 100 points wins!
  • To adapt this for inside, stack socks or balls of yarn to create piles of ‘snow’
  • For a child with a disability that limits their throwing or locomotor skills, provide a larger, closer target for them to aim for.
  • For a child that may be sensitive to the texture of the snow, make sure to have other options available for them to throw, such as bean bags.
  • For a child with a visual impairment, provide a ball or object that makes noise as it moves, as well as a target that makes a noise when it is hit.
Notes

This activity aims to develop the fundamental movements skills of locomotion (running), and coordination (throwing).

Source – LIVE 5210 Service Provider Toolkit