It’s February and for those of us in northern climates the ground is covered with snow. The key to dealing with a long, snowy winter, is to either embrace it or leave it. The Finns have definitely learned how to embrace it – I doubt there’s a country in the world with a higher participation rate in cross-country skiing.
However, nordic skiing isn’t the only snow-related sport in Finland. For example, what do Finns do when their swimming pools freeze over? Well, they swim anyway!
This video of the Finnish snow-swimming championships should be good for a laugh (although I’m not sure about its applicability to your physical education classes). I particularly like the snow-swimming flip turns.
Well, much of the upper U.S. and ALL of Canada are currently under a blanket of snow..and I’ve heard it’s not much better for our European readers.
While the snow does present challenges to teachers, it also presents some amazing opportunities to have fun during recess and physical education classes. For example, how many times do you get to engage in activity in which you are cushioned every time you fall down?
Here’s a game that you can use in PE class that takes advantage of a unique property of snow – the fact that walking or running in snow leaves footprints.
The game is called Footprint Tag. While the kids shown in the video are pre-school age, you can use it with almost any age of student.
Have fun. If you can’t beat Old Man Winter….have fun with him!