Making the most of the snow: seven snow-day activities

Sophie has been longing for snow since December. It doesn’t snow very often where we are though, which has been disappointing for her. Last Sunday, the snow finally made an appearance though. She was so excited to look out of the window that morning and see that her wish had finally come true. We certainly made the most of it while it lasted, fitting in nearly all of our favourite snow-day activities.


Sophie and Thomas building a snowman - "Making the most of the snow: seven snow-day activities"


1) Enjoying the magic of falling snow

There is something quite magical about just standing outside with snow falling all around you. It wasn’t actually the first time Thomas has seen snow, but it’s the first time that he’s been really aware of it. The wonder and joy on his little face as he stood outside with the snow falling around him was a picture.


Thomas looking up at the falling snow with a look of wonder on his face


Trying to catch snowflakes on your tongue is fun too. Sophie enjoyed doing that as well as seeing the snowflakes covering her hair and coat.


Sophie catching snowflakes on her tongue


2) Building a snowman

This is always the one thing we have to do when it snows. Even if there’s only enough snow to build a teeny-tiny snowman. Thankfully this time, there was enough for several snowmen. We had two in the back garden and a whole snow family in the front garden.


Sophie building a snowman


Sophie with her two snowmen in the back garden


I loved how Sophie recreated our family in snow. Here we are – our family of five. Daddy and Mummy at the back; Jessica, Thomas and Sophie at the front. Sophie was particularly sad when these ones melted a couple of days later.


A family of five snowmen


3) Making snow angels

Sophie loves lying down in freshly fallen snow and making snow angels. She did try again after building her snowmen but it’s not quite so effective having cleared patches of the garden!


Sophie making a snow angel


4) Making snow castles

We dug out the toys from the sand box to make snow castles and sea creatures in the snow. Thomas found this a little easier than trying to make a snowman. It also helped keep him amused with a different activity while Sophie was trying to build her snowmen and wasn’t so appreciative of him trying to “help”.


Sophie and Thomas building snow castles with the sand toys


5) Snow painting

Snow painting is a lovely simple activity which is so much fun to do. We fill small bottles with a mixture of food colouring and water, make a hole in the lid and then squirt the coloured water on to the snow to paint it. Sophie had fun making colourful patterns in the snow and writing her name, followed by Jessica’s and Thomas’s.


Sophie standing by her name written in the snow


A flower drawn in the snow


6) Building an igloo

There wasn’t a lot of snow left on the ground by the time we got around to this, having built seven snowmen, so we had to go for a mini igloo. It’s another lovely simple activity – we made snow bricks using a small container and gradually built them up to create our mini igloo. Sophie’s doll seems to be quite happy with it (although I must admit I feel cold just looking at her!). Thomas loved the snow bricks too.


Sophie with her mini igloo


We kept our igloo white this year, but you can also combine this activity with snow painting to make a colourful igloo.


7) Making frozen bubbles

Making frozen bubbles isn’t technically a snow-day activity as it doesn’t need snow – just temperatures below freezing. It was only just cold enough for our bubbles to slowly freeze, but they did look very pretty on the snow. I love the way that they slowly crumple when they pop.


A frozen bubble popping in the snow


The snow only lasted for a day but we certainly made the most of it while we had it! Have you had snow this winter? What are your favourite things to do in the snow?


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6 thoughts on “Making the most of the snow: seven snow-day activities

  1. These are lovely ideas. I never would have thought of snow painting or snow castles! Sledging is our favourite snow activity. We do feel very lucky to live right by a big hill!

    1. Sledging always looks like a lot of fun. We’d have to drive to get to a decent hill for that so it’s not something we’ve really tried.

  2. Looks like they thoroughly enjoyed it! Love that snowman family! We rarely get snow in Bristol so were very excited to find it arrived last weekend, if only for a morning. We are crossing fingers that the forecast is correct, and we will see a few more flakes at midnight tonight. The sledges are in the hall at the ready! #Countrykids

    1. Thank you – I love that Sophie recreated our family in snow. Hope you got enough snow for sledging. We only had a dusting here.

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