One of my favorite things to do in the winter is play in the snow with my daughter. I actually love it when we get a fresh powdery snow fall and we go out to shovel the driveway together. The older she gets the more her “help” is actually helpful.

The fresh air and exercise is a welcome change from the cooped up days inside. We love how the snow sparkles in the sun and how our breath puffs as we breathe out. If it has to be cold in the winter, I enjoy when the world is covered in a fresh layer of white stuff.

After a quick Internet search, I found a plethora of creative ways you can play in the snow with your toddler this winter. My four year old will love these as well, and I’m excited to see her write her name with colored water in the snow.

15 Creative Toddler Snow Activities

  • Squirt or spray bottles with colored water to paint in the snow. Draw designs and make abstract art. The Nerd’s Wife 
  • What happens when you blow bubbles when the air is below 32 degrees? They freeze on the wand! 
  • Carve a path or make a maze in the snow for the little legs to wind their way through the yard.
  • Bring out plastic bowls and kitchen utensils to make a kitchen in the snow. Make snow soup, snow cones and snow pies. bounceback parenting
  • Use sand toys to create a snow castle and decorate with pine cones, branches and berries.
  • Put food coloring in your ice trays to make colorful ice cubes and have a treasure hunt in a pile of snow. Happy Hooligans
  • Have a scavenger hunt with toys or plastic eggs hidden around the yard or in a small area.
  • Look at a book of snowflake shapes (like The Little Book of Snowflakes by Kenneth Libbrecht) and then go outside and catch them on your mittens. bounceback parenting 
  • Remember raking the leaves this fall and jumping in the pile? Now try it with a fluffy snow pile!
  • Make a target out of cardboard, attach it down low on a tree and take aim with a snow ball. See how far back your child can stand and hit it. Parents Magazine 
  • Find a place in your yard with a small hill and carve out a sledding run just right for tiny sledders. 
  • Use cookie cutters and water colors to paint shapes in the snow. A Little Pinch of Perfect
  • Use parts from Mr. Potato Head to make a Mr. Potato Head snowman. Happy Hooligans 
  • Make a tiny snowman or stack up snowballs and let the little ones smash and push them over. 
  • Make bird feeders out of pinecones or oranges, peanut butter and bird seed. Parents Magazine  


There’s so much fun to be had outdoors this winter. Try these creative activities and see if you can find your child’s favorite one. Let your inner child emerge as you engage with your toddler in the snow.

What other ways does your family enjoy the cold winter weather?



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Annie Wiesman

Annie Wiesman is the co-author of “Education Begins at Birth: A Parent’s Guide to Preparing Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers for Kindergarten.” She is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom who enjoys traveling, hiking in the mountains, and creating memories together with her husband and little girl.



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