Play Ideas

4 Ways to Play with Snow Indoors

November 15, 2022
Preschool kids play with building bricks in while sitting on floor in daycare

Winter is full of sensory play experiences we don’t see in the summer. Snow and ice offer endless opportunities to play and learn. You can make the most of the snow activities that winter has to offer—even when it’s too cold to go outside. How? By bringing the snow inside. Here are 4 fun ways to play with snow indoors!

Cars and Trucks

Large tray filled with snow, toy trucks, and scoops.

Grab your favourite toys on wheels along with some snow for a cold construction site.

Combining something familiar (like a toy truck) and adding it to something new or less familiar (such as snow) helps children to explore beyond their comfort zone and become confident using new and different materials.

Kitchen Utensils

Play with snow indoors by adding snow to a large bin with spoons and bowls.

Put some snow in a bin or bowls and add utensils like spoons and small containers. Children love playing with the everyday objects they see grown-ups using and scooping the snow will help them develop their small muscle skills.

Snow Painting

Colourful snow inside a bin with paint brushes and a bowl filled with water and food colouring.

Try painting the snow! In a bin or large bowl, add snow, paintbrushes and paint or food colouring. Children can experiment by mixing the colours together and watch as the snow starts to melt away.

Food Colouring

Child makes ice cream wiht snow and food colouring while indoors.

Add food colouring and bowls or toy ice cream cones to your snow sensory bin. Make cold “ice cream cones” and watch as the colours mix together; can you name them all? This is a great way to play pretend, creating opportunities for dialogue and expanding vocabulary.

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