12 Fun Things to Do in the Snow

Written by Anne Feenstra

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Let it snow! Bundle up and head outside to play with the children in your life.

Ice cube scavenger hunt
Using food coloring, freeze ice cubes of one color or of several different colors. Hide cubes in the snow in a designated area and let the children try to find them.

Footprint tag
Play tag, stepping only in others’ footprints.

Light a fire in the snow
Using dry firewood and perhaps some barbeque starter, start a fire in an open area. If done in deep snow, children will be fascinated to see how the fire gradually sinks deeper and deeper.

Lighted snow angel

Materials needed:

  • heavy-duty flashlight with 12-volt batteries, preferably waterproof
  • 10 thin wooden stakes/sticks about two feet long
  • aluminum or steel window screen about two feet square
  • spray bottle filled with water

Dig a hole one foot wide and one foot deep in the snow. Place lighted flashlight, face up, in hole. Lay stakes across hole and place screen on top of this. Secure screen by packing snow around edges. Roll snowballs five inches in diameter and tightly pack in ring around edge of hole. Spray with water to freeze and solidify. Repeat process using less snowballs in each round until the tower is cone-shaped. Roll larger snowball for the head. Very spectacular when dark outside.


Finding God on a Snowy Morning
It was early, and quiet, and COLD but as the snow lay fresh on the ground Anne-Marie found herself wondering about God.

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Catching snowflakes
Place a black sheet of paper into a freezer until cold. Take outdoors and use a magnifying glass to view snowflakes that land on the paper.

Saving snowflakes

  • clean microscope slide or small piece of thin Plexiglas
  • clean, empty plastic container
  • spray can of clear lacquer
  • magnifying glass or microscope

Allow slide, container and lacquer to cool outside so snowflakes won’t melt when landing on the slide. Spray thin coat of lacquer on slide and tilt so any extra spray runs off. Allow lacquer to set for a few minutes. Catch several snowflakes on slide and then set back into container and cover with lid. Leave slide outside to harden for three to four hours. View with magnifying glass or microscope.

Snow insulation
Make some Jell-O following the directions on the box. Divide evenly into two plastic containers with lids. Place one on top of the snow and bury the other under the snow. Which one freezes first? Try activity again, wrapping containers with insulating materials like a scarf. Does it take longer for the Jell-O to freeze now?

Snowball thermometer
On a mild day, make snowballs of the same size and place them on different surfaces outside, e.g. rock, patch of grass, sidewalk, parked car. Check to see which one melts first.

Snow melting rate
On a mild day, place sheets of different colored paper (including a sheet of black and one of white) on the snow in full sunlight for two-three hours. Use stones to hold them down. Then observe which one sank the deepest into the snow.

Winter wildlife detectives

After a fresh snowfall, look for animal tracks and try to figure out which animal made the tracks.


Snow Ice Cream
1 cup milk
1 egg, well beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
clean snow
Beat egg; add milk, sugar and salt. Mix together well. Add enough snow to make it thick.

Maple Taffy on Snow
Boil pure maple syrup to 122 C or 252 F. Drizzle on well-packed snow. Make sure it is cool before licking. (It is essential that pure maple syrup be used and not any other maple-flavored syrup).


28 Responses to “12 Fun Things to Do in the Snow”

  • Aldo says:

    Mariandreee, you are absolutely correct in affirming that new snow may have traces of carbon gases, among other elements. The habit of ingesting new snow by way of sticking the tongue out goes back quite a long time. We kids use to do it. As for making ice cream from the new fallen snow is a matter everyone has to decide for himself whether he wants to take that chance.

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  • Mariandreee says:

    The ice cream ine is disgusting and revolting because you can get sick even if it looks like clean snow it is not because in the process of snow carbon gases may go into it and if you eat it you might get sick.

  • Aldo says:

    Hi Cristal, Christmascaroler, and Myasia. Did you ever wonder where snow comes from?

    The Bible tells us in Job 37:6 “He (God) says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’”

    And, in Isaiah 55:10 it says, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I (God) desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

    Think about it.

  • Myasia says:

    We are getting ready to go outside in the snow we don’t yet ha e great ideas

  • It was so much fun ice cream was delicious and good if you put strawberries in it my neibor is my best friend and she saw me eating it and hers had clementine and mango in it I was so jelous ??????

  • Cristal says:

    This is a wonderful website to get some information. You guys should keep it up!! Cause my kids really liked these really cool ideas. And I owe you a great thank you!!

  • Kathryn Kathryn says:

    My grandkids live in the tropics and only see snow on TV. I bet they would love to try some of these “cool” ideas!

  • rubytuesdaygracewalsh says:

    i love your advice

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Such fun things to do with your children! Wish I would have had a list like this when my kids were young!

  • Anna says:

    We did the ice cream thing last year, and it is good without egg and with vanilla.

  • Anna says:

    We did the ice cream thing last year, and it is good without egg and with vanilla. We are about to go outside to sled and make snow forts. Wish me luck with my 5 year old son!

  • Tehani says:

    The fire sounds dangerous but you can do it with a adult! The website is also helpful! The ice cream one was a really good one! I hope you have fun in the snow! & I wish you a Very Merry Christmas!

  • Shelley says:

    I can remember my parents coming with me to play in the snow. In fact I remember one time that I went out in the middle of what was the lawn that was covered in snow and mom had to come out and get me, because I was stuck .

  • Tacogal says:

    Raw egg? Not very healthy in my opinion!

  • Carolyn says:

    Just made the snow ice cream with my daughter, great fun and tasted much nicer than I thought it would! We also whizzed some strawberries up and added to some of the mixture to make strawberry ice cream as well! That’s pudding sorted for the next few days. Great idea thanks.

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  • brenna says:

    the icecream is kindoff bad my kids spit ti out and the fire idea was pretty good just make sure parents are around. the ice cube savenger hunt one was pretty fun my kids played it for 6 hours straight but we did make ove 50 ice cubes

  • Alabama girl says:

    We get 2 inches at a time. :(

  • Joseph says:

    What I did to the ice cream snow thing! Is I mixed everything before I got the snow and then i got like 3 bowls of clean snow! I kept mixing it with the bowl with all of the stuff! After stirring all of it, i put like 1/2 of a teaspoon of pure vanilla in it. Then freeze it for like 5 minutes and woo-laa. Good-fashioned ice cream right there!

  • Brooke says:

    Add some nutmeg, cinnamon, and don’t put the egg in or the salt to the ice cream and it is delish! Mmmmmmm! mmmmmm!

  • snowblower says:

    Raw egg? What do you do with the mixture?

  • GummyBear says:

    These are so helpful- WELL DONE! Hope you enjoy your holidays! :D

  • olivia sergio says:

    i think the ice cubes are a good idea

  • Courtney says:

    I don’t really think the fire thing is really safe you should watch younger kids around it!!!!

  • Ashley says:

    If you add some vanilla extract to the icecream, it adds more flavor. Either way it is wonderful! thank you!

  • Karen says:

    Thanks so much! Glad you found this helpful. Enjoy your holidays.

  • Ciara says:

    No one Else put a comment? I hope you get some cause this website rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ciara says:

    This website was really helpful(i really like the ice cream one.)Happy Holidays And A Merry Christmas!!!!!

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