We developed this snowflake word game last winter. Today's frigid temperatures prompted me to set it up again for my 4-year-old son, who is now a pre-reader, and likes to move.
- Set up the snowflakes and secure with tape. Decide what version you'd like to play--sight words, letters, pictures or numbers.
- Call out or say a phrase that includes one of the words/ targets. The child should step or stomp on that snowflake.
- After he or she has stomped on all of the targets, ask the child to choose a target word/ letter/ number and stomp on it. Or the child can be a "caller" to instruct someone else where to stomp.
Helpful tips and options:
- Tape page protectors lengthwise so that the opening is available to slide paper flashcards in and out.
- If using zipper bags, tape around the edges except for the opening, so you can insert and remove what is inside.
- Electrical tape or masking tape are probably superior to painters tape, which we used.
- If your tape is not sticky enough, reinforce it with clear packing tape.
- At first we wrote on the plastic with wet-erase overhead markers. The ink rubbed off after playing the game, so I switched the text to paper flashcards placed under the clear plastic.
- We taped our plastic covered "snowflake quilt" onto a fleece blanket, which can be folded and reused, but you can also tape the snowflakes onto the floor/ carpet directly.
More snowflake-themed activities:
Snowflake Flying Disks
Snowflake Window Clings