This letters and numbers snowball toss is a fun outdoor winter learning game for kids.
Letters & Numbers Snowball Toss
- clean cans, any size with labels removed
- dark colored permanent markers
- collected snow
While adults tend to spend the majority of winter indoors, kids love getting outside in that wintery weather, especially when it involves snow. This fun outdoor activity combines the fun of throwing snowballs with a little educational practice.
As an added bonus, this learning activity also recycles! You honestly don’t even have to fully remove the labels. There is no need to scrub off that remaining sticky residue, becasue you can just write around it. To get the most use out of each can, you can also write 1 letter/number on the front of the can and 1 letter/number on the back of the can.
This activity is completely customizable. You can use just letters, just numbers, or a combination of the two. And, there is no need to use the whole alphabet. Just use whatever letters/numbers your kids are working on in the moment.
For a more challenging alternative you could also write sight words on the cans, or draw shapes.
In addition to building math and literacy skills, this winter learning activity also incorporates movement, which helps many kids focus and enables learning. The movements associated with aiming and throwing the snowballs also helps to develop hand-eye coordination.
To use the activity, simply line up the cans on a flat surface and have your kids throw snowballs at the cans until they knock one down.
Whenever a can falls, the kids will read the letter/number/sight word on that can. For more of a gross motor challenge, you could have your kids read the letter/number/sight word first, and then try to hit that specific can. But, that will definitely be much harder. Either way, happy learning!