Thursday, December 18, 2008

Winter...a classic poem and a some fun "snow" games

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

Frosty aka Build a Snowperson

A roll of toilet paper for each team
Sheet of orange, black, red and yellow construction paper for each team
Hat for each team
A few Glue sticks for each team
Scissors for each team

How To Play:
Have several teams of four or five children.
When you say, "GO" they should wrap one of the people on their team up in toilet paper (leaving an opening for nose and eyes).
Once they've built their "Frosty" they can use the hat and construction paper to decorate him with.
Put a time limit on decorating.
Give a prize for the first completed Frosty, most unique Frosty, cutest Frosty, etc.

Snowshoe Relay Race

Wrapped Tootsie Rolls or any other small treat(1 for each child)
2 Shoe boxes for each team
Bell for each team
2 mittens for each team
2 bowls for each team

Place tootsie rolls, in a bowl, at the opposite end of the room.
Hang a bell, from the ceiling, over the tootsie roll bowl.

How To Play:
Divide the children into two or more relay teams.
Explain that when you say, "GO" the first person on each team will put on the mittens, step into the shoe boxes and race to the other end of the room where they will ring the bell with their nose.
They are then to pick up a tootsie roll out of the bowl and race back to their team still wearing their mittens and shoe boxes.
Pass the mittens and shoe box to the next person in line, sit down, eat your tootsie roll.
The first team to finish eating their tootsie rolls wins!

Snowball Over the Mountain

White balloons blown up
2 adults to help

How To Play:
Children are divided into two teams.
A sheet (the mountain) is held above eye level between the two groups by the 2 adults (holding each end). Or you can find a way to pin it to the wall or hang across a cord.
Each side throws snowballs (white balloons) over to the other side.
It's alot like volley ball but you need not keep score.

Snowball Relay Race

Styrofoam ball for each team
Plastic Spoon (shovel) for each team

How To Play:
Divide into teams.
First child on each team will be given a styrofoam ball (snowball) and a spoon (shovel).
On your mark they are to bend over, place the ball on the floor, and push the ball with the spoon across the room, around an obstacle, and back to next child on team. First team to finish wins.

Snowball Making

Large sheets of tissue paper (one for every child)
Bucket for each team

How To Play:
Divide the children into two teams.
The first person on each team gets a piece of tissue paper and crumples it into a ball using one hand (this keeps them soft).
Then races to the end of the room to place the snowball in the bucket.
The next child repeats the first child's actions and the process continues until the team has all their snowballs made.
Follow this game with a Snowball Throw below.

Snowball Throw

A line drawn or taped on the floor

How To Play: Set a time for 2-3 minutes. Yell, "GO"! Each team throws their tissue paper snowballs back and forth across the lines. When the timer goes off, the team with the least amount of snowballs on their side wins.

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