So my 6th grade students ask every year why they can't throw snowballs at school, and every year I have to explain that it is a rule of the school and we follow it. They moan and complain and then we move on with our lives (often with kids getting school write-ups for throwing them anyways).
Well, this year, my kindergartner has asked everyday since it has snowed if we could have a snowball fight. Sadly, during school hours I had to tell him that we couldn't. I keep thinking that I could take him out when we get home from school and have a few minutes of fun. However, by the time I would get home from school, it was too dark and cold to go outside (and he has been sick as it is).
So, I thought and thought about what I could do to have a snowball fight with my son. The idea hit me like a cold snowball in the face... WHY NOT MAKE A SIGHT WORD GAME THAT WAS BASED ON A SNOWBALL FIGHT? This would allow my son to practice his sight words/alphabet (he spells the ones he can't read) AND have that needed snowball fight.
I set to work yesterday and after about 4 hours had a game that I felt would "hit the spot". I love how it turned out and he (and his brothers and sisters) have loved playing it. Even my 12 year old enjoys the game. He keeps asking me to make a version with "big kid" words. Something to think about, however I don't know if many middle school teachers are going to have time/desire to play vocabulary games. This game might be an exception where it could be played in teams.
Anyways, I knew that my son would want the game to have some twists, so I added "miss" cards and "thaw" cards that would allow for alternate ways to play the game. Here is how it looks in action:
This game may not be exactly like being out in the crisp winter air with snow flying in all directions, but, this IS a game that I know my kids will play again and again AND it is school approved. I won't have to send any of my 6th graders or their 1st grade reading buddies to the office for being part of THIS snowball fight!
Happy "Fighting" and learning!
P.S. If you would like to take a peek at the game, you can click HERE or click on the picture below.