When it's cold outside, indoor snow activities are a fun way to enjoy winter with the kids without getting frozen toes. One morning the kids woke up to a snowy winter wonderland, eager to pop on their boots and get outside. The problem? It was 5 am. The solution? Indoor snow play!
We've had several sessions of playing with snow indoors over the years, and by far the favorite is a sensory snow tray traffic jam! Because any time you can add toy vehicles to an activity, it's sure to be a hit!
I scooped up some snow from the fire escape, brought it inside and spread it out on baking sheets. The boys created a snowy world for their transportation.
The trucks with plows or scoopers saw a lot of action! Be sure to set towels down, but don't worry, it's just water so clean up is easy.
(In order to make you feel good about your own laundry skills I used the grungiest towels I could find for this photo.)
If for some reason, toy vehicles aren't your child's thing, you can use toy animals or blocks. However, sometimes you only need a few items for your kitchen. My son had a great time making snow muffins!
They look yummy, right? Best of all, they are no-bake muffins.
Benefits of indoor snow play
This indoor snow play is beneficial for kids!
Free: no fee for the white stuff!
Sensory Exploration: snow is cold and wet!
Observation of Nature: snow melts into water when you bring it inside.
Parent-free Entertainment: I love to enjoy my morning tea
in peace with just a little background noise, don't you?
Teaches Responsibility: kids can clean it up themselves.
Of course every indoor snow activity needs a little reading time, wouldn't you agree? Take a peek at our favorite snow books for kids.