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INSPIRATIONS - snow & ice

Snow and ice are fantastic materials to explore and create with - here one day and gone the next.

Art & Creating


Welcome to Muddy Faces Inspirations: bringing together activities & ideas with a specific theme, to inspire your time outdoors playing, learning & connecting with nature. Follow the highlighted links to take you to our step-by-step activity guides.

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

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • landowners permissions
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Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • dress for the weather
  • managing tall structures
  • see individual activities

Light-up snowballs

An easy-to-make but effective light-up winter feature for the snowiest of days.

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Snowy nightlight footsteps

The simplest way to make a light trail along a snowy path - all you need is a stick!

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Snow painting

A simple, effective and enjoyable way to get creative outdoors in the winter weather.

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Giant ice marbles

Create your own giant, multi-coloured, frozen orbs!

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Hanging ice decorations

A simple yet effective and satisfying activity – if you can wait for the water to freeze!

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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

Use household kit to create these effective ice & nature light features.

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A plastic and glitter-free collection of Christmas crafts!

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Simple snowy pleasures...

More ideas...

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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