Do you have racquets or other game tools that can make marks in the snow? My children have shown interest in many sports and our home is left with the products not skills acquired (parents we know this too well). For this activity, my son got his tennis racquet and started throwing it in the snow.
What started off with one racquet inquiry led to three. He threw the racquets with force, less force, and each time he inquired about the depth of the marks. If I throw the racquet high in the air will it make the same marks, as when thrown lower? At times the outcomes were different with and without textured marks on the ground, revealed once the racquet was lifted from the snow.
The activity occupied him for some time as he kept repeating the process trying to get different results.
At times he stomped hard on the racquet when the patterns weren’t visible, trying to reproduce the marks.
Observe the visible lines, shapes, and textured imprints.
If you’re in a location without snow – this activity may be done on dirt, sand, mud pits, or with paint. I would love to hear your thoughts – what other ways could this inquiry continue and with what learning outcomes?
xoxo – Miss Sue