When there’s lots of snow, but it’s too chilly to go outside, our kiddos can still embrace the fluffy white goodness from nature by bringing snow indoors for an afternoon of imaginative play! Best of all, all these activities are edible in case anyone takes a little nibble!
Unicorn Sprinkle Snow
Make snow magical with a few shakes of majestic unicorn sprinkles! The snow turn pretty colors, and the sprinkles add to the sensory experience for kids. Use plastic scoops, cups, or cookie cutters to add to the fun.
- Large bowl
- Fresh scoop of snow
- Unicorn sprinkles (also available in Shark sprinkles at Walmart)
Directions: Scoop up fresh snow in a large bowl and a generous amount of sprinkles!
Kool-Aid Snow Painting
Little Picassos will enjoy adding bright colors to snow and can work on their hand-eye coordination skills, too!
- Spray bottle
- Paint brush
- Large bowl
- Fresh snow
- Packets of Kool-Aid
Directions: Fill a plastic squirt bottle with water and add in a packet of Kool-Aid. Shake well. Adjust the nozzle to have a straight stream and paint. Or, place different colored mixes in cups and use a paintbrush to paint on the snow.
Stacking Snowball Tower
Build a snowball tower, work on counting, or even mixing colors – the possibilities are endless! With only a few supplies, this activity will provide hours of chilly entertainment for kiddos of all ages.
- Fresh bowl of snow
- Packet of Pop Rocks, or
- Food Coloring, or
- Kool-Aid packets
- Ice cream scoop
- Shallow bin or edged cookie sheet
Directions: Mix in pop rocks, food coloring, or Kool-Aid to color the snow. Scoop the snow into balls and stack them on a cookie sheet or shallow dish. Be creative, make patterns or see who can build the tallest tower!
Homemade Vanilla Snow Ice Cream
Let’s face it; it’s never too cold for a delicious treat, and kids will enjoy making their own at home! This a fun activity and a fun way to celebrate our abundance of snow!
- Bowl of fresh snow
- Large mixing bowl
- Serving bowl
- 1 small can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Sprinkles or candies
Directions: Gather some fresh fluffy snow in a bowl and mix in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, stir well. Scoop into a serving bowl and add sprinkles or candy as desired. Enjoy!
Snowy Small World Bin
From a jungle to an ocean or farm, with a little color and imagination, kids can transform snow into a wonderful world of play!
- Clear shallow bin
- Food coloring or Kool-Aid packets
- Plastic animals or toys
- Spoon or scoop
Directions: Gather fresh snow and make sections of different colors. Choose a theme and build it by packing snow or using a spoon or scoop. Add in animals, toy cars, boats, and more to transform snow into a little world!
No matter how you scoop it, snow is a fun and free activity to enjoy in Wisconsin. It can provide hours of creativity and help kids ditch the screens for a bit. What is your kiddos favorite way to play with snow?