Indoor snow activities for kids

Playing outside is a lot of fun. Kids in my class loved going outside and do all kinds of winter activities. They would make snowmen or snow castles! But what if you can’t go outside, it’s too cold or you just simply don’t want to? Can you do any indoor snow activities?

Yes, you can! Bring the fun inside! There are plenty of fun things to do with snow inside without making too much mess. Let’s look at some!

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Snowy sensory table

What you’ll need:

  • snow
  • glitter
  • plastic snowflakes
  • scoops
  • cups
  • towels/rugs under sensory table

Fill up the sensory table with snow, add some glitter, plastic snowflakes and any other winter-themed plastic items you find around the house. Give your child a few different kind of scoops (with holes, without holes) and cups, and let him play. It would be a good idea to put some towels or rug underneath the sensory table because the snow will melt and your child might get the area wet as he/she plays!

Make a snow box

What you’ll need:

  • snow
  • sand toys

What do you call a sand box in the winter? A snow box! Give your kids sand toys and let them make snow castles.

Snow coloring

What you’ll need:

  • snow
  • cups
  • water
  • food coloring
  • paint brushes

Fill up tupperware or large plastic tub with snow, fill up plastic cups with water and a drop or two of food coloring (or more, depends on how dark you want the color to be), different color in each cup. Give your kids some paint brushes and let them color snowy pictures. If they are done and want to make a new picture, just change the snow for the fresh one and there you go, you have a new painting canvas!

Spray paint the snow

spray paint the snow

What you’ll need:

  • snow
  • spray bottles
  • water
  • food coloring or kids paint

Spraying the paint on the snow is a whole new level of art. Although very simple, it’s especially fun because this is not something they get to do every day! Fill up a large tupperware or plastic tub with snow, fill up spray bottles with water and food coloring, or mix water with kids paint, and let your kiddos spray paint the snow. You can do this activity outside as well. Just bundle up, fill up the spray bottles with colorful water and go outside to spray paint the snow!

Polar Express Fun

polar express

What you’ll need:

  • snow
  • train set
  • blocks

If you have a train set, why don’t you build train tracks on a snow and take Polar Express for a ride? Put some snow in a sensory table or a plastic tub, press on it to form straight and hard surface, and build train tracks! Make a train station out of blocks, where kids board Polar Express train, and have fun taking the train for a ride in a winter wonderland!

Winter Construction Zone

What you’ll need:

  • snow
  • toy figurines of construction workers

Put toy figurines of construction workers into a tub or sensory table full of snow. You can add roads or train tracks (depends on what you have) and learn about community helpers who clear off the snow and take care of roads for us. 

Mini Snowman

What you’ll need:

  • snow
  • baby carrot, a small piece of felt, paper or paint as a nose
  • buttons
  • ribbon

Make a mini Snowman inside of your house! You’ll need a full tub of snow for this. You can make snowman right there in a tub, but it’ll be much easier to scoop up the snow and make your snowman on a baking pan or something similar. Use baby carrot, a small piece of felt, paper or paint as a nose and buttons or pom-poms as his eyes, mouth and buttons!

“Frozen” snowflakes

snowflakes

What you’ll need:

  • snow
  • blue color
  • glitter
  • cookie cutter

Have you watched the movie Frozen? Don’t snowflakes look blue-ish and glittery in that movie? You can make the same snowflakes at home! Add a little bit of blue color into the snow, glitter, mix it and cut the snowflakes out with cookie cutter!
Just remember that snowflakes melt fast, so take quick pictures!

Ice Castles

ice castles

What you’ll need:

  • snow
  • ice cubes of different shapes

Make some ice blocks the day before. Just fill up different objects to make some ice blocks. You can fill up ice cubes tray, plastic cups, small shot glasses, Tupperware and any other shaped containers, and put it all in the freezer.  The next day, put all these ice-cubes into a tub full of snow.
Voila! You can build with ice blocks!

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Writing tray

What you’ll need:

  • snow

Fill up a baking pan with a layer of snow. Give your child a paintbrush and let him/her write letters, numbers or his/her first name!


No snow where you’re from?
Make a fake snow paint!

Mix shaving cream and chilled school glue for an almost real snow paint. I usually put the glue in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. When I’m ready to paint, I’ll take the glue out, wait about 10 minutes for the glue to start getting more liquidy. Then I mix the same amount of chilled glue and shaving cream. You can add glitter, it looks really awesome in this paint! 
Grab a paint brush and you’re ready to paint the most realistic snowman or winter wonderland you’ve ever seen! The paint dries puffy too.

Almost real snow sensory play

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • buffalo snow flurries (optional)

Put 2 cups of baking soda into the freezer and let it freeze for a few hours, preferably overnight. Slowly add 1 cup of cold water into the frozen baking soda and mix. You can add more or less water to get the consistency you want. 
That’s it! You’ve made fake snow! So easy, huh?

For even more fun, add buffalo snow flurries into the mix. 

Done playing with the snow? Spray some vinegar on it and watch it fizzle!


Do you have even more ideas for a fun snow activities for kids of all ages? Do you know some indoor snowy art projects, sensory bins, or other creative indoor snow games? Let us know in the comments bellow!

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