Snow & Ice Play

There’s lots of ideas for play when it is snowing or icey and we have a few suggestions below.  Should you have any ideas you would like to share please email these to info@playscotland.org 

If you don’t have snow, you can also make your own!

Make your own snow

You can make you own snow with:

  • Shaving foam
  • Granny soap flakes and water
  • Use cotton wool balls

Link to sparkly snow dough

 

Potato Head Snowmen

Using the items from your Mr Potato head, make an ice/snow ball and use this instead of the potato.

 

Painting with Snow

Link to activity

 

Playing with Sticks and Stones 

Build a snowman, or any shape and using sticks and stones, see what face and shapes you can make.

 

Can you build

  • A snowman
  • A snow fort
  • An animal – a caterpillar is good as can make this out of lots of small snow balls, add some twigs for the antennas!

 

Snow Detective

  • Get you and your friends to make footprints in the snow, can you tell who’s footprints are whose
  • Can you track and animal print
  • Can you find a bird foot print

 

Make your own sledge

You don’t need to buy a sledge you can make your own!

You could use:

  • Cardboard
  • Tarpulin
  • Large baking tray

 

Pin the nose on the snowman

You will need:

  • Snow
  • Carrot
  • Blindfold

Build a snowman and take in turns to place blind fold on and see who can pin the nose on the snowman!

 

Paint the snow

You will need:

  • A spray bottle or water pistol
  • Food colouring
  • Water

Mix the food colouring with the water and then use to spray on the snow. See what patterns this makes.

You can also use turkey baster or an empty plastic bottle and pierce the lid instead of a spray bottle.

You could use different colours and paint a rainbow !

 

Ice Bubbles

Using your own bubble mixture if the temperature drops below freezing, blow these and see if they freeze on the stick.

 

Ice Balloons

You will need:

  • Balloons
  • Water
  • Food colouring

Add a few drops of food colouring inside an empty balloon. 

Put open end of balloon on tap and slowly fill with water.

Hold steady then knot balloon at neck.

Leave outside in the freezing cold overnight.  Once frozen, cut the balloon off carefully and you are left with ice balloons.

Now they are ready to play with!

 

Knots and Crosses

Make a knots and crosses board on the snow.

Knots – find some stones or pine cones 

Crosses –  find sticks and twigs

Play knots and crosses.

 

Snow/Ice Moulds

Using your baking or sand pit moulds use these with the snow and ice.  Can you build a tower?  Make a house?

 

Snowball Toss

Draw a circle in the snow.  Make lots of snow balls.  Stand back and see if you can toss your snowball into the circle.

You can also use some food coloring to make the circle a target and see if you can hit the colours.

 

Sensory Snow Fun

You will need:

  • Ice cube tray / plastic tray
  • Nature items
  • Water

Go a playful walk in the snow and see what nature items you can find.

Can you find:

  • Berries
  • Leaves
  • Holly
  • Pinecone

Once home clean items and place these into trays and fill with water.  Put in freezer.

Once frozen you can play with these until you find the nature item.

Disclaimer: please ensure berries are not eaten.

 

Mini Ice Cube Igloo

You will need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • Food colouring
  • Ice or water

Fill ice cub with ice/water and add in food colouring.  Try a different colour for each ‘brick’.

Once frozen pop out brick and build you own mini igloo.

 

Make a snowball lantern

You will need;

  • Snowballs
  • Battery operated tealight or glow sticks

Make lots of small snowballs.  Stack these igloo style.  When its’s dark add tealight or glow sticks in the middle.

Now you have your very own snowball lantern.

 

Snow Drawing

Using a stick or a twig can you draw a picture in the snow?

You can also see what shapes these make if you go a walk in the snow and drag this behind you.

 

Crack the Puddle

Can you find a shallow frozen puddle, then jump on it until it cracks.  Watch you don’t slip or fall.

 

Catch a snowflake

Can you catch a snowflake ..

  • on your tongue
  • in your hand
  • on your foot