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Snow and ice are fantastic materials for children to explore. Find some inspiration with our snow & ice activities.

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Isn’t nature amazing! It provides us with fascinating weather conditions and amazing, ephemeral natural resources – snow and ice will inspire all sorts of questions, explorations and play. Your children will lead the way, but here is a selection of chilly activities to get you started.

What you'll need

  • a nice cold day!
  • snow
  • cold weather gear

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Environmental Considerations

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Health & Safety Considerations

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Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • dress for the weather
  • managing tall structures
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Light-up snowballs

A great activity for children to do when it is snowing. An easy-to-make but effective light-up winter feature for the snowiest of days.

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Snowy nightlight footsteps

A fun activity for children to do on a snowy day. Make a light trail along a snowy path - and go for a little light trail walk when it is dark.

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Snow painting

A simple mark making activity in the snow! A simple, effective and enjoyable way to get creative outdoors in the winter weather.

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Giant ice marbles

A fun winter activity for children - create your own giant, multi-coloured, frozen orbs!

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Hanging ice decorations

A simple winter activity for children making ice decorations to decorate those bare trees.

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Ice beads

Create strings of hanging ice decorations & explore the science of freezing & melting.

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Snow brick shelter

Build a winter den with snow bricks.

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Frozen ice-bowl lantern

A fun winter activity for children to explore ice. Use household kit to create these effective ice & nature light features.

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24 plastic and glitter-free Christmas crafts activities!

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Snow sculptures

As long as it isn't too slushy, snow is a great medium for creating sculptures. How about a change from the regular snowman?

  • Can you create an upside-down snowman?
  • Can you make a snow person?
  • Have a go at creating a snow animal
  • How many different mini snow creatures can you make?

Make a snow angel


Tracks in the snow

Be a detective and see what tracks you can see. Has a bird been hopping around? Where did it land? Do you think it flew off? What animals do you think have been walking around?

Compare and match footprints

Is your footprint different to your friends? How is it different? Can you follow in your friends footsteps or play footprint hide and seek?

Snow bricks

Fill buckets up with snow and get building.

Snow up close

If the snow is falling, put out a black sheet of paper and look at the snow flakes using a magnifying glass.

Mark making in the snow

Get a stick or a brush and draw or write in the snow. How big can you write your name?

Take it further

Enhance your provision with some lovely seasonal books.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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