Snow Snake


Physical: accuracy, hand-eye coordination, upper limb coordination

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Social: turn taking

Number of participants:

2 or more


  • sharpened stick about the length of an arrow or spear


  1. children throw a sharpened stick on the snow
  2. the stick that glides the furthest gets a point


Snow Snake was a traditional winter game played by the Dene as a competition for men who returned from the annual hunt. It was originally a form of communication between villages.


Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have the parent/coach retrieve the stick to decrease physical demand

Change the task: have the child throw from standing to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: have the child retrieve the stick using different locomotor skills each time (e.g., running, side stepping, walking backwards) to increase physical and cognitive demand

Change the task: have the child take running steps before throwing to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • the child will be able to throw the stick for a distance of 5m in 8 out of 10 tries by the end of the program
  • I can throw the stick