Paper Towel Skating

Before the quarantine began in March, we had been going ice skating at our local community center for family night on Fridays. We all had so much fun! I was so surprised by how quickly our two year old was able to learn to ice skate. We were so sad when we couldn’t go anymore especially since everyone was getting the hang of it. My kids will pretend to skate around the house by strapping dublo block trains to their feet, or walk on paper plates.

As always, I think it’s important to find things that interest your child and make learning activities out of it. So I thought it would be fun to make a learning activity with skating. My goal is to always make activities with things that are around the house or things that are not expensive. I know everyone has paper towels or even washcloths in their home. This activity can also be adjusted toward different skill levels. You can do shapes, colors, numbers, or letters. So if you are looking for an easy yet fun activity here are the directions:

Supplies: 2 Paper Towels or 2 Washcloths, Dry erase Marker


1: First, test a small area of the kitchen floor with your dry erase marker to make sure it erases off the floor.

2: Using the dry erase marker, draw 6-10 shapes, letters, or numbers on the floor.

3: Then have your child put one foot on each paper towel or washcloth.

4: Call out one of the shapes, letters, or numbers that you drew on the floor. Have them skate over to the correct one and wipe it off with their paper towel skates.

5: Continue until they have all been erased.

I did three separate versions for 3 of my children. Shapes for my 2 year old, letters for my 4 year old, and doubles facts for my 7 year old.

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