Think! Education

Activity 2: Snakes and hazards


10-15 minutes to play the online game


In this game, pupils play an online version of snakes and ladders. They can play as a class on a whiteboard, or on individual computers, alone or in small groups. Pupils roll a virtual dice and move across a board. They can move up ladders or avoid moving down snakes by answering pedestrian safety questions correctly. They will receive a percentage score at the end based on how many questions they got right first time.

When they have played the game, ask pupils which questions they found most difficult. Was any of the information new to them? Encourage them to play again to try to beat their score.

If you don’t have computers with internet access available, you could print out the Snakes and Ladders question and use it with a real board or create one on a large sheet of paper. Divide the children into groups of three. In each group, two pupils play, while the third acts as question master. If you are able to access the online game, this may be a good extension task for older and higher-ability pupils, who will complete the interactive game quickly.

Pupils could go on to create their own version of the game, using Tales of the Road to come up with their own questions on pedestrian safety, or on another road safety theme, e.g. cycling or in-car safety.

You could produce a class version of the game, with pairs of children each coming up with two questions and answers (one accurate, one inaccurate) based on Tales of the Road. When you have a full set of questions, ask the children which questions are easiest and most difficult. Why?

The game format will motivate children to complete the activity and the competitive element will focus their attention on creating an effective learning resource.