You will need
- Scrap paper
- Coloured pens or pencils
- Masking tape
Make your snowballs
- Give everyone a few pieces of scrap paper. Everyone needs to have the same number of pieces.
- Everyone should write down some activities, games, badges, or adventures they’d like to try. They should write one idea on each piece of paper.
- Everyone should scrunch each piece of paper up to make a snowball.
Have a snowball fight
- Split into four teams. One team should stand in each corner of the room.
- Use masking tape, cones, or rope to split the room into four sections.
- The players should put all of their snowballs on the floor in their section.
- The person leading the game should start a countdown. When they get to zero, the snowball fight can begin.
- Each team should throw the paper snowballs in their area into other teams’ areas. Each team should aim to have no snowballs in their area.
- After a few minutes, the person leading the game should tell everyone to stop.
- Each team should take it in turns to read out all of the snowballs in their area. The person leading the game should write the ideas down, or collect all of the paper, so they can remember the ideas later.
- As each team reads out the snowballs that have ended up in their area, they should count how many snowballs were in their area. The team with the fewest snowballs in their area is the winner.
- Everyone should gather back together in one group to talk about all of the ideas they’ve heard. Did anyone especially like an idea someone else came up with?
This activity was an opportunity to think about trying new things. How many of your ideas were new things, that you hadn’t tried before? Did any of the ideas involve meeting new people? How about going to new places? How does it feel to think about trying new things? Why is it good to try new things – even if it may feel a bit scary at first?
This activity also gave you an opportunity to think about your strengths and build confidence. What sort of activities and adventures are you best at? Do you like doing things which play to your strengths? How do you feel when you try new things that are trickier? Do you try to be kind to yourself, for example not getting cross at yourself if you can’t do it right away? Are there any activities you’re not confident about giving a go? What would make you feel more confident about trying them – could other people help you, or could you break them down into smaller steps?
Be careful when throwing snowballs.