What’s snow sensory play? I’ll get to that in a minute (with activity links at the end of this post!), but first, let’s talk snow. There’s something about snow that just draws kids right in. My toddler is obsessed with shoveling snow, snow sensory play, you name it — if it has to do with snow, he’s rearing and ready to go. I’ve felt bad about not being able to get out more this winter (negative digits, windchill, plus sick bugs)… but fortunately we stumbled across two nice snow activities this winter:
- “shoveling” snow on our deck
- indoor snow sensory play
Coincidentally, both of these activities *will* work even when the snow is melty and the weather is on the warmer side! So read on to see what we’ve done for snow sensory play — indoors and out.
Outdoors Snow “Shoveling” Fun
This past week we’ve finally seen temperatures rise above freezing, so Toby was thrilled to get out on the deck *without* a coat. I think he played for an hour out there, shoveling, scooping, and otherwise manipulating the snow. It started as a trip out on the deck to fill up a mixing bowl with snow for indoor snow sensory play… and turned into outdoors fun!
Snow Sensory Play Indoors
He did end up back indoors at the counter, playing with his bowl of snow. We don’t have a proper sensory bin, so have just been using jelly roll sheet pans to contain the melting snow. But, no matter. His fun has not been diminished by “lack” of proper materials. I supplied a few “real” kitchen items, and he supplemented everything else from the playroom. It’s always interesting to see what creative ideas toddlers will come up with on their own!
Without much prompting, Toby discovered how to use the straw to move water from one place to another. He then experimented with putting ice chunks into a jar via the straw, all on his own. Really quite neat! Here are a few images of the snowy day fun — both indoors and out.
Click on an image below to open the gallery view. Also, make sure to scroll to the end of this post, as I’ve shared some more great ideas for snow sensory play!
More Snow Sensory Play Ideas
Want to play in the snow? Indoors or Out? Well, here are some other blog posts that may help get your parental creative juices flowing. These links will open in a new window, in case you want to refer to this (non-exhaustive) list).
Indoor Snow Play
- Indoor Snow Painting – painting activity with snow, inside!
- Make Snow Cream – mmmm, ice cream made from snow. Delicious!
- Sensory Snow Play – “Duck Skates” book theme
- Painting With Snow – how to make snow paint… use snow as a base for the color, then paint!
- Snow Sensory Bin – indoor snow play with sensory bin fun with real snow
- Snowy Baby Play – snow sensory play tips for babies, including snow sensory play bags
Outdoor Snow Play
- How To Make a Snow Horse – forget snowmen, this is more fun!
- Snow Cooking – imaginative play out in the snow
- Colorful Fun in the Snow – painting snow, outdoors
- Rainbow Snowball Fight – what to do with the snow once you’ve painted it 😉
- Snowy Sight Word Hunt – a scavenger hunt outdoors …spelling in the snow!
What If You Don’t have Snow?
- Sidewalk Chalk, Spring Puddles – colorful puddle play for kids
- Fun In the Snow – some ways to have fun in the snow… when there’s no real snow around
- 10 Books About Snowmen – here are some children’s books to check out
- Snowy Sensory Bin Activity – reuse those packing peanuts with this sensory bin activity
- Indoor Snow – fake snow recipe using cornstarch and shaving cream!
- Sensory Snow Paint – paint with “snow” that won’t melt, recipe included!
Have More Snow Play Ideas?
What about you? Do you have more snowy day ideas for kids, or great snowy sensory play suggestions? Maybe you have some fond memories of activities you loved when growing up? I’d love to hear them in the comments section.