Snow Day Delight: Fun and Educational Activities for Preschoolers

Snow Day Delight: Fun and Educational Activities for Preschoolers

Winter is here and with it brings the chance of a few wintery snowstorms! A few days spent inside while snowflakes swirl outside your window can be magical but when it cancels school and activities,  you may find yourself having a hard time keeping your little ones occupied. A great way to save yourself and your little ones from getting antsy after they’ve played out in the snow is to prepare some fun activities and games that you can pull out when you need to! We’ve compiled a list of engaging DIY crafts, cool science experiments, entertaining games, and cozy book recommendations to make the most of those unexpected snowy days.


Snowy DIY Craft Ideas

Paper Plate Snowflakes

If you’ve got some extra paper plates lying around from the holidays, this craft is perfect. Grab some paper plates, scissors, and markers. Help your preschooler cut out snowflake shapes and decorate them with colorful markers. Hang them around the house for a winter wonderland feel. Try to fold your paper plate into quarters to make symmetrical snowflakes. 

Cotton Ball Snowmen

Another craft that you’ll likely already have all of the components for! Grab some cotton balls, construction paper, and glue. Let your little one create adorable snowmen by gluing cotton balls onto paper and adding paper accessories like hats and scarves.


Easy Snow Science Experiments

Snow Slime

If your little one is a fan of slime, it might be worth stocking up on everything you’ll need. To make a sparkly snow slime, mix white glue, liquid starch, and a dash of iridescent glitter. This tactile experiment is not only fun but also great for sensory play!

Melting Snowman

Build a snowman indoors using baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring. Watch as the snowman fizzes and melts, creating a mini science spectacle. For a full walkthrough of the experiment, check out Little Bins, Little Hands.


Indoor Snow Day Activities

Snowball Toss

Create a target with a large cardboard box or a laundry basket. Use soft, plush snowballs or rolled-up socks for a safe and fun tossing game.

Penguin Waddle Race

Pretend to be penguins by waddling around the house. Set up a “racecourse” and see who can waddle to the finish line the fastest without slipping.


Cozy Book Recommendations

“First Snow” by Nancy Viau

With rhyming text and cheerful illustrations, this is a charming celebration of the winter season.

“Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn Buehner

Ever wondered what snowmen do when you’re not looking? This imaginative book has the answers.

“The Snowy Nap” by Jan Brett

In this instant winter classic, Jan Brett’s Hedgie tries to stay awake so he doesn’t miss out on all the snowy fun his friends are having


Snow days can be an unexpected gift, providing opportunities for creativity, learning, and family bonding. Whether you’re crafting paper snowflakes, making snow slime, having a penguin race, or snuggling up with a good book, these activities are sure to turn any snowy day into a memorable and educational experience for your preschooler!

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