Alright truth be told, I have never skied, nor have I participated in any other winter sport for that matter (except sledding though I don’t know if that counts)… So I am certainly no expert on winter sports, but that won’t stop me from making our DIY skis with Rea and giving them a try!

Granted, we will be skiing along the carpeted floors of our living room instead of the snowy mountains.

This activity will engage your Lil’s engineering, creative, and problem solving skills!

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
  • Engage in problem solving activities
  • Recreate or improve upon an object

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Identify different visual art materials

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
  • Engage in problem solving activities
  • Recreate or improve upon an object
  • Describe how things are built (bridge is built by putting a rectangle on top of cylinders)

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Cardboard

*Heavy Duty Tape

Picture of Skis

*Scissors

*Markers

Step #1
Cut cardboard into 2 long strips about 1 foot longer than your Lil’s foot.
These strips should be wide enough for your Lil’s foot to fit on them.
*Cutting cardboard can be difficult and should be done by adults.
Step #2
Cut two more strips of cardboard long enough to cover the top of your Lil’s foot and reach the two sides of the big strips you created.
*Cutting cardboard can be difficult and should be done by adults.
Step #3

Show your Lil’ the picture of skis that we included in the DIY skis template.

Ask them, “How can we use cardboard and tape to make these?”

Step #4

Follow your Lil’s lead and let them problem solve as they try to design their skis.

Ultimately, you want them to tape the short strips of cardboard across the long strips of cardboard.

Step #5

Once you have built your skis, decorate them with markers and take them for a test run around the living room!

Teacher Tip

The amount of help you give your Lil’ will definitely vary based on their age, but do your best to let them problem solve and struggle a little on their own. If needed, you can give some suggestions, but try not to be too leading; rather, allow them to make mistakes and learn from them. This is an activity where the process is FAR more beneficial than the product.

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