HERE’S A GOOD ACTIVITY FOR A BAD WEATHER DAY…
January weather can be unpredictable. There are lots of days when outside play is impossible. This craft is perfect for an inside day. Your students can design their own game board, cut it out and assemble the parts. Then pair up with a friend and play each other’s game.
Your students can use the game rules that are described on the printable page or they can create their own game. Have the kids look at the game board pattern and spinners. Talk about games they enjoy playing. Have them think about how they could use the game board and spinners in a game.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Highest numbers wins. Both players spin their spinners. Highest number scores a point. A tie means spin again. Highest number scores 2 points.
2. Classic Game Board Game: Draw spaces on the game board. Print instructions in the spaces. Use the spinners as dice. Use buttons or paper scraps as markers.
3. Battling Tops: Players spin their tops at the same time. The top that spins the longest scores a point. The first player to 10 wins.
4. Pinball Game: Place paper obstacles on the game board spin your spinner. Score a point for each object it hits.
5. Dice game: Roll a die. Spin your spinner. If you spin a lower number than the number on the die, you score a point.
These are just suggestions. I’m sure there will be lots of great ideas. Coloring and assembling the game board to make a spinner game takes about 15 minutes. But, if you want your students to get creative with their own ideas, it could take a lot longer – 2 or 3 hours to make the game. So, inventing a snow day game might be a good weekend homework assignment. Each student could make a game and write the rules. Then they could take turns playing one another’s games.