Friday, January 13, 2012

The Snowflake Stomp: A game to learn sight words and more!

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.

How to play:
  1. Set up the snowflakes and secure with tape.   Decide what version you'd like to play--sight words, letters, pictures or numbers.
  2. Call out or say a phrase that includes one of the words/ targets.  The child should step or stomp on that snowflake.
  3. 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.
I'm linking this idea to Show & Share Saturday , Show and Tell and It's Playtime.

More snowflake-themed activities:

Snowflake Flying Disks
Snowflake Window Clings
Crystal Snowflake


MaryAnne said...

What a fun, active indoor winter game!

Unknown said...

I love this fun learning game! Going to try it with my little guy.

Jackie Higgins said...

Love the active play! Especially for winter!

Katie said...

This is FANTASTIC!! I am pinning this right now. I;d LOVE to invite you to come share this at my Thrity Thursday Linky party, a place to share free or nearly free learning activities for kids. Feel free to link up a couple at a time also! I'm a speech pathologist and I can TOTALLY use this in therapy!

Parent and Child Reading Assistance said...

What a fun learning game! Thanks for sharing this at We Teach!