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Ice Skate With Wax Paper

Ice Skate With Wax Paper Activity

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In some parts of the United States, it doesn't get very cold in the winter. For those living in these warm climates there is not much of an opportunity for outdoor winter sports like ice skating. This activity offers an exciting indoor substitute, enhanced by children’s active imagination and their willingness to try new things. Wax paper skating is a fantastic way to work on muscle control, but be careful with younger kids! Limit the number of skaters at one time to two or three. Wax paper skating works best on a hard surface floor, but it can be done on carpeting if you think your child is just a little too young to attempt it on a hard surface.

What You Need:

  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands
  • Colored tape
  • Basket

What You Do:

  1. Cut wax paper into 2-foot squares (make 2 squares for each child).
  2. Mark off the skating area with colored tape.
  3. Place the sheets of wax paper in a basket and the rubber bands in a container close to the basket.
  4. Anytime your child wants to skate, he can grab two pieces of wax paper and put them on the bottom of each foot.
  5. He will then use the rubber bands to attach the wax paper around his ankles. Make sure that the bottoms of his feet are covered!
  6. Now he can skate on the wax paper inside the defined "rink."

This is a very slippery activity, so keep safety in mind at all times! To enhance the winter mood, you might want to turn on the air conditioner or a fan and have caps and scarves handy. Play “Skaters Waltz” and have your child skate to the music.  

Adapted with permission from "Squish, Sort, Paint & Build: Over 200 Easy Learning Center Activities." Copyright 1996 by Sharon MacDonald. Used by Permission of Gryphon House, Inc., Maryland. All Rights Reserved.

Updated on Jun 4, 2014
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