Call me old school if you want but I don't think a Snow Ball Fight is such a good ide as a warm up at the start of children's group lesson. Its supposed to activate the children to move around when picking up snow and trying to avoid getting hit. What do you think?
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for never evers(that are old enough but not to old) if you schools allows it sure why not?
for anyone else what about poles skating tagging? maybe after skating refresher.
You don't say what age group. My kiids love snow, roll in it, shove it into their gloves and it wouldn't worry them getting into a good old fight. As the mother of 3 young kids at one time, I would always be yelling, 'don't get your gloves wet, you'll get cold hands', never a good idea at the start of a ski day.
I would worry in a snowball fight that a younger or more fragile child would get snow somewhere they didn't want it and there would be tears.... and snot. And then there would be more tears and snot when the parent started complaining that they spent X on a ski lesson and their child doesn't want to ski anymore. Plus you are going to have to deal with all the tears and snot and it isn't conducive to learning.
2nd worry, my oldest boy has an amazing arm and great aim, you wouldn't have wanted him sub 5 years old in your snowball fight, everyone else would have been crying and he would have been elated and 'winning'! At 14 he would annihalate anyone in fit of competitive maleness and then stand their confused surveying the carnage. My point, can you trust all the snowball particpants not to go full out sniper.
I think I would use the time to play Simon Says with some skiing actions hands on knees, hips, toes together, bunny hops, shuffling, side stepping, basketball drills for turning and start to do left from right challenges, so you can identify the kids that don't know their left from their right or where their knees are. I was always suprised when I was on the kids slopes when mine were young how many instructors would be yelling out 'No No, your other left'. : 0 ) If you want to make it more fun, lollies or something more politically correct or age appropraite (stickers?) for the winner.
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TDK6 Yep, it's all fun until someone takes an eye out. I am all for taking calculated risks and getting to push yourself physically but as you pointed out there are all types of kids in a class and you have to be aware of their personalities before you start to test them.
As a mum and also a coach of young kids I would say that teaching children skiing for a young person with no previous experiene would be very challenging. I coach boys in junior waterpolo and am constantly suprised at the things they can think of to do to endanger themselves and their team mates. : - ) So you have to have a lot of structure around how you have fun and some good planning about how you get them to listen and how you test that they listened and that they understood. I take all the balls away when I am talking because boys can't have a ball in their hand and concentrate on anything besides bouncing or throwing or catching it. I would think active kids with a pair of ski poles would have the same problem and would be able to listen and think better with it put safely away.
I am not all miserly with the fun and games though, you just have to think it through and make sure there are several winners and that you can keep the self esteem of everyone up. On my not so good days I let them have a floating competition, boys love any competition, the ones I don't like so much I let them float face down.
On the snowball front I would aslo ask,is this light fluffy Colorado snow that you need a special tool to press into a snowball, or heavy wet Australian or New Zealand snow that will compact down into an ice ball and kill someone?