Learning Game for Kids: Olympic “Snowball” Toss

Jan 13, 2014

With the 2014 Winter Olympics less than a month away, we've been getting into the Olympic spirit by playing some simple toddler friendly indoor Olympic sports. Since my boys have been rather fond of bean bag toss games, I put together this snowball toss that incorporates the colours of the Olympic rings. Gross motor play, literacy, and colour recognition all rolled into one! Plus, the materials are likely things you'll have on hand.

What You'll Need

  • large cardboard box
  • utility knife
  • construction paper in blue, yellow, black, red, and green
  • permanent marker
  • tape
  • white socks rolled into balls (these will be your "snowballs")

1. Since there are five Olympic rings, I cut out five large circles in our cardboard box using the utility knife. 

2. Once I made the holes, I taped construction paper to the backside of the cardboard box to cover the holes. Be sure to tape only along the top edge so that it will flap open when a "snowball" is tossed through the hole. I also taped the colours in the order of the Olympic rings. I then wrote the names of the colours on each flap so that the kids could associate the colour with the written word.

3. Encourage your kids to name the colours before they toss their snowballs through. "Blue, yellow, black, green, and this one's red, mom!" exclaimed my oldest, J.

4. Roll some white socks into snowballs and let the fun begin!


Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


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