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18 Fun Snow Activities for Kids to Keep Busy This Winter

If your kids have grown tired of building snowmen over and over again, these unique snow activities for kids will help you both enjoy winter again! 

This post is all about creative snow activities for kids to keep busy during the winter months!

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Snow Activities for Kids

Looking for new & creative snow activities for kids?!

Since recently moving to a house with a small backyard, I’ve been wracking my brain for creative ways to make use of our tiny space, so these 18 ideas can be done in yards of any size! 

And when it come to getting kids ready to go outside in the winter… we all know it is insanely time consuming. So, I’ve made sure it will be worth your while when you do go out! 

Honestly, even I’m getting excited for winter reading through this list! I hope you love them too!

Pin the Face on the Snowman

list of winter activities

Making snowmen is a ton of fun but it can get old fast if you live somewhere where winter drags on for six months of the year! Grab one of these adorable snowman making kits and start a game of pin the face on the snowman instead! There is sure to be tons of laughter with the silly faces they’ll create. 

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Make Snow Castles

outdoor snow activities

Don’t let your sand castle making supplies go to waste all winter. Instead, use them to make some awesome snow castles! 

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Build an Igloo

snow activities for kids

I remember plenty of days of building igloos with my friends as a kid and I have always loved these snow brick makers! I highly suggest getting one for you too so you can join in on the fun. This is one of the best snow activities for kids and adults! 

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Test Different Kinds of Sleds


Sledding is a must during the winter time! Pick a hill and grab a few different types of sleds and test out which kind is the fastest! This simple experiment will be loved by kids big and small. Just make sure everyone takes a bathroom break before you get dressed and always have hot cocoa ready for when you come inside!

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Have a Snowball Fight

how to build a snow fort

Grab a few friends from the neighborhood, build snow walls to hide behind, and let the games begin! 

What You’ll Need: 


  • A few friends
  • Snowball makers (if you really are serious about your snowball fights) 

Snow Target Practice

winter activities for preschoolers

To start off draw a circle, heart, snowman, smiley face, flower (really anything) in the snow using either food coloring mixed with water or your hand. Have all your kids start standing in front of the drawing and then have them each take one step back for each year old they are. Have everyone make a snowball and see if they can hit inside the target. You can also try this with a hula hoop to make your target really easy to see!

What You’ll Need: 

  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Hula hoop (optional)

Make a Mr. Potato Head Out of a Snowball

I found this idea from Frugal Coupon Living and I absolutely loved it! We are a huge fan of Mr. Potato head at our house and I loved finding another way to make use of them during the winter time! 

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Paint the Snow

snow theme party

Grab this pack of six squeeze bottles and combine food coloring and water to make a different color in each bottle! Then head outside to paint your yard!

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Make a Snow Maze

If the snow is deep enough, you can easily create a snow maze with nothing but your feet! Life with Moore Babies had a genius idea with this one! 

What You’ll Need:


  • Deep snow 🙂

Make Roads and Ramps for cars

educational activities to do in the snow

My toddler is convinced that cars make everything better. Therefore, cars make winter and snow better too! All you need is a snow shovel to create your road and a few of their favorite cars to drive on the roads. 

What You’ll Need: 


  • Snow shovel
  • Their favorite toy cars

Blow Frozen Bubbles

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If it’s below 32 degrees outside, bubbles will actually freeze! You can choose to use store bought bubbles or make your own if you have trouble finding it in stores during the winter time. You should also be able to find bubbles on Amazon year round. 

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Play Tic Tac Toe in The Snow

outdoor snow activities

It’s super easy to draw a tic tac toe board in the snow in a matter of seconds. Then either gather up things like sticks and pine cones as your markers or simply draw in your X’s and O’s with your finger.  

What You’ll Need:


  •  Spot markers like sticks and pinecones- 5 of each (optional)

Ice Bowling

This idea from The Secret Life of Homeschoolers is great for kids of any age. Just freeze a few plastic water bottles overnight for your bowling pins and a filled water balloon with food coloring to create a bowling ball. Then clear a spot on your driveway/sidewalk or use a large cardboard box to create a bowling lane! 

What You’ll Need: 


  • A few plastic water bottles frozen
  • Balloon
  • Food coloring
  • Snow shovel
  • Large cardboard box (optional) 

Make a Snow Volcano

There are tons of educational activities to do in the snow. You will blow your kids’ minds with this one. You can find this step by step on exactly how to make a snow volcano from Science Sparks! You most likely already have everything you need sitting in your kitchen!

What You’ll Need:


  • Baking Soda
  • Dish soap
  • Food Coloring
  • Vinegar
  • Jar

Look for Animal Tracks

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This is one of the outdoor snow activities that requires absolutely no prep or supplies aside from snow. If you live in a more urban area, you will probably see a few bunny tracks and dog tracks. But if you want to see lots of different tracks, trying going to a local park to see what you find. 

What You’ll Need:


  •  A woodsy area or a park to walk around in

Make Maple Candy on the Snow

winter activities for kids

Did you know that drizzling boiling maple syrup onto snow will turn into taffy in a matter of seconds! I don’t know a kid who opposes to making or eating candy so this one should be a win. 

What You’ll Need:


  • Fresh snow fall
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Maple Syrup

Play with Glowsticks in the Snow

winter craft activities

When it starts to get dark super early in the middle of winter, playing with glowsticks in the snow can be a blast. You can buy glow sticks at most dollar stores or you can buy this 100 pack of glowsticks for under ten dollars on Amazon.  Then you will be prepared or plenty of evenings playing in the snow. Try creating a ring toss in the snow for a little healthy competition!

What You’ll Need: 


  • Glowsticks

Make a Snow Angel

places to go with toddlers in winter

Can you really say you played outside in the winter if you don’t make a snow angel?! Just make sure you sleeves are tucked into your gloves before you go for it! 

What You’ll Need:


  • Nothing 🙂 

This post was all about creative snow activities for kids to get out and enjoy the winter time regardless of how long it lasts or how big a yard you have! I hope this list of winter activities makes winter time a blast and helps your whole family feel a little less cooped up!

-Beautifully Busy Mom

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  1. I love the maple syrup candy in the snow! I did this with my dad when I was little. Great memory – Great Idea! Thanks for sharing it and bringing back a memory!

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