Students make a unique snowflake and then compete in a balancing race.
- White paper
How to Play
- Pass out paper and scissors to each student.
- Show students how to make a unique snowflake by folding their paper in half several times and cutting out different shapes along the outside.
- Have students show their unique snowflakes to each other when finished.
- Divide students into two teams and have each team line up one behind another.
- Use a cone to mark the start and another to mark when students should turn around, several feet away from each other.
- On ‘Go’ the first student in each line puts their snowflake on their head and tries to balance it while walking around the end cone and back.
- The student tags the next person in line and they put their snowflake on their head and balance it to end cone and back to the start.
- If a student drops their snowflake they must pick it up and start again at the starting point.
- This continues until one team has all students complete the race.
- Several rounds can be played if time permits.
Activity Prompts for Reflection
- Does anyone have an idea for a different way to do this activity?
- What was unique about your individual snowflake?
- What were some different ideas your group had about how to stay balanced?
- What is one thing that makes you unique?
Other Ways to Play
- Have younger students draw a snowflake instead of cutting one out.
- Challenge students to try to balance more than one snowflake at a time.
- Use the SEL Activity Prompts to tie other SEL competencies to this activity.