It doesn’t snow where I live. You have to drive 2 1/2 hours to find any. So, obviously, I have children in my class who have never experienced the joy of a snowball fight – and I can’t have that! I mean really, it’s such fun! So each year I bring the snowball fight to the classroom. And each year the children have a blast!
Yes, I know – I can’t really use snow – so I use big marshmallows instead! I buy 3 or 4 bags of large, soft marshmallows and we have instant snowballs! I let each child eat 1 “snowball” before the fight begins. Then they take off their shoes and line them up against the wall. Next, we go over the rules – and they know I will enforce them – which are:
1. Absolutely NO eating the marshmallows after the fight has begun. Any eating will mean the fight automatically ends.
2. NO throwing snowballs in anyone’s face – that hurts and we don’t want to hurt our friends!
3. Respect your friends. If they don’t want you to throw snowballs at them – turn away and pick someone else.
4. HAVE FUN! Inside voices and walking feet DON’T have to be used! YAY! This is the only time this rule applies.
5. They must ALL help clean up after we are done.
Then my co-teacher and I rip open the bags and start throwing the snowballs! We invite the children to do the same. Automatically they start gathering and throwing snowballs at everyone! It can get a bit chaotic – but it’s well worth it! There is running, screaming, laughing – everywhere I look there are happy children having a blast!
For some reason I always think this activity will only last 15 – 20 mins. However, it’s lasted an hour or more at times! I have a hard time stopping this activity once it gets started because the children are having such a good time! But let me tell you – they are tired out in the end! Some are sweaty, others out of breath, and all are hungry and ready for lunch!
The real fun thing about this activity is that you keep finding marshmallows for days afterward. We did this activity in my class 3 weeks ago – and today we found a marshmallow! Hopefully the last one. But they have a tendency to get into all the little cracks and crevices during our fights and they don’t get seen at clean up time – despite the fact that we walk around looking for snowballs in each area! Eventually they dry up and get hard – I know because I’ve found marshmallows a couple month after we’ve done this activity. Since we don’t have a pest problem at my school – it’s not big deal and a small price to pay for a great deal of fun!
Try it – once you do this in your class – you’ll be addicted! Haha!
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