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Whatever the weather

Hope for warm weather and avoid stormy skies to make it across the world in this weather-watching board game.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Access to the internet
  • Dice (optional)
Game pieces and board
PDF – 1.4MB

Before you begin

  • Print off the board game, including the game pieces, weather cards, rules and dice template. The game works best if played in small groups, so you may need several copies of each.
  • Cut out the weather cards, game pieces and dice template from the ‘Game pieces and board’ sheet.
  • Assemble the die by folding in all the marked edges, applying glue to the tabs and folding the template into a cube shape with the tabs on the inside.
  • Stack the weather cards face-down and place them on their square beside the game board.
  • Place the game pieces on the ‘Take off’ position on the board.

Run the activity

  1. Everyone should split into teams or play individually if you’re in small groups. Each player/team should choose their game piece.
  2. Play should proceed with players/teams taking turns to roll and move their piece across the board.
  3. If a player/team lands on a space with a weather symbol, they should take the top card from the weather cards pile and follow the instructions given.
  4. The first player/team to reach the end of the board wins.

Reflection

The outcome of this game was based on the roll of the dice. Similarly, weather conditions are often random and can change very quickly. What challenges might this present for airports, airlines and their staff? Individuals like meteorologists (weather predictors), air traffic controllers and pilots all need to work together closely to keep things moving and keep people safe when the going gets tough.

If playing in a team, all you could do was celebrate when your team got to the end or shrug it off if you were the last team to the end of the board. As they say, you can’t win ‘em all. How we react to little victories and bumps in the road is very important though. Imagine one of the scenarios on the weather cards happens to you in real life. How could you react in a considerate way to others if there are delays with your flight or if you manage to arrive ahead of schedule?

Safety

Scissors

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.