Indoor Skiing

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Hit the slopes on these DIY poster board skis for some active indoor fun.

What You Need:  

  • Poster board (1 piece per pair of skis) 
  • Tape (optional- colorful/patterned tape) 
  • Markers (optional- permanent markers suggested) 

What You Do: 

  1. The poster board will become your skis. Fold the poster board into four equal horizontal strips.  Cut out the strips. Shape the top of two strips into a pointy ski shape. The other two pieces will be the back of the skis.  Make sure that your skis are wide enough for your feet. 
  2. Tape the front and back pieces together to form one long ski. 
  3. Optional- use markers and/or colorful tape to decorate the less shiny side of the poster board. This will be the side that you place your feet on. 
  4. When your skis are complete, find a carpeted area and practice skiing.  Once you’re an expert on the slopes, challenge a competitor to a race, time yourself, add obstacles, and have fun! 

Words to Use: 

  • Potential energy: Energy that is stored within an object because of its position. For example, when you are on your skis, waiting to hear the “go” you are full of potential energy. 
  • Kinetic energy: Energy that a body has because it is in motion.  
  • Cross-country Skiing: Skiing that takes place on the open land and often includes uphill, downhill, and flat skiing.  
  • Downhill skiing: Skiing that takes place exclusively downhill.  

What to Talk About: 

Skiing is using small, long, and flat stick-like structures to glide on top of snow. People have been skiing for more than 5000 years. Skiing originated in Scandinavia. The word “ski” comes from a Norse word that means “split piece of wood or firewood.” When you ski, you are full of energy of all kinds. When you are preparing to ski downhill, you are full of potential energy. When you are in the act of skiing, you are full of kinetic energy. What other activities do you do during the day when you have potential energy? Kinetic energy? 

Change It Up:  

  • Age it Down: Create skis large enough for both you and your child to fit and ski together. 
  • Age it Up: Challenge your child to create skis using different materials like cardboard, tin foil, wax paper, recyclables. Which ideas worked and which didn’t? Why? 

Learning Connections:  

  • Creativity 
  • Imagination 
  • Innovation 
  • Persistence 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Gross Motor Development 
  • Physical Activity 
  • Cultural Understanding 

Curriculum Connections:
NC Standard Course of Study 

  • Science: 1.P.1.3; 3.P.1.1; 5.P.1.4 
  • Health: K.MS.1; 1.MS.1; 2.MS.1; 3.MS.1; 4.MS.1; 5.MS.1; 6.MS.1; K.MC.2; 1.MC.2; 2.MC.2; 3.MC.2 

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