Winter Olympics Speed Skating Game February 02 2010

Your students will learn about science (magnetism) and math, as they play this fun Winter Olympics Speed Skating Game.

It's a great game to keep in your game cabinet, too.

Materials:

  • Free Winter Olympics Speed Skater Race Template
  • Box
  • Glue
  • 2 paperclips (1 per game piece. Two players at a time is recommended for this game.)
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • 2 strong magnets (One for every game piece. I’d recommend 2 for this scale. Test the magnets strength before you make the craft. Hold the magnet under a sheet of paper. Set a paperclip on top. Can it easily drag the paperclip? If it is difficult to do you may need a stronger magnet. The game piece will be taped to the paperclip, so it needs to have a strong magnetic pull.)
  • Timer  (shows seconds)
  • Pencil and paper to record time

Instructions:

Game Pieces

  1. Color and cut out the Winter Olympics Speed Skating template.
  2. Fold the game pieces in half and tape at the bottom.
  3. Tape or clip a paperclip under each skater.

Speed Skating Game Rink:

  1. Color the speed skating game rink (page 2).
  2. Cut a 7.5 X 10 inch hole in the box.
  3. Glue the speed skating game rink template over the hole in the box along the edges & let it dry completely.

Game Instructions:

  1. Set your Olympic skater athlete game piece on the starting line.
  2. Put your magnet underneath the Olympic skater athlete game piece.
  3. Test out the magnet to make sure the paperclip and magnet have a strong magnetic pull. Make any needed adjustments. Make sure your friend is all ready to go, too. (warm-up)
  4. Say, “On your mark. Get set. Go!”
  5. Pull your Olympic athlete speed skater towards the finish line using the magnet underneath the paper.
  6. The first speed skater to reach the finish line wins!
  7. What is your time? Record your time.
  8. Have several races and practice division  by calculating your average time.