22 Sensational Snow Activities for Kids of All Ages
It’s wintertime and the snow has begun to fall. Take advantage of this time of year with these snow activities. There’s a lot to learn about and with snow, but don’t forget to have fun in the process!
1. Learn about snow
First things first, ask questions about snow and find the answers. Use these videos to start.
Where does snow come from?
And why is snow white?
2. Snow painting
Fill squeeze bottles with food coloring and water and use them to paint snow. This activity is great for when you have a lot of snow. If you don’t have as much, pack a bin with snow and make a smaller painting.
Before the snow falls, learn how to make a snowball launcher with a plastic cup, fabric, and a hot-glue gun. Then, when there’s snow on the ground, test it out!
12. Take a virtual field trip
Learn where snowflakes come from, how icicles form, and more in seven different virtual field trips from Teachers Using Tech.
13. Build an igloo
To make an igloo, you’ll need a lot of both hard and soft snow. If you’re lucky enough to have that kind of snowfall, check out the directions on how to build snow bricks and build your own snow igloo at Your Modern Family.
14. Discover what’s over and under the snow
If you’re looking for snow activities that involve reading, check out Kate Messner’s book Over and Under the Snow, then take your own nature walk and look for clues of the wildlife that live over and under the snow in your area.
Conduct a full science experiment from hypotheses to results with three jars and snow, ice, and water. Which do you think will melt first? How do you make sure the conditions in each jar are the same so you can compare them? And which melts first?
When it’s snowing, get construction paper that has been in the freezer for two hours and take it outside to see how many snowflakes you can catch. Bring a magnifying glass with you to see what each flake looks like up close.
17. Make snow blizzards
If it is very cold where you live, and has been for a while, you can try this experiment. Toss water in the air and see if you can make a frozen sculpture. Adult supervision is required for this one.
If it’s not snowing where you are, find a place where it is snowing. Read all about how to use Google Maps to see where it’s snowing at STEAM Powered Family, and check out the video above for more Google Maps tricks.
19. Take photos in the snow
When it’s sunny and snowy, take a camera out and see what happens. Learn all the tips and tricks for taking pictures in the snow and see what develops.
20. Take an Owl Moon–inspired snow walk
Read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, then head out into the night for a nighttime nature walk. Maybe you’ll see an owl of your own!