Almost all kids love playing outside in the snow, but sometimes us parents can get cold and fed up waiting around in the cold. Here, we have a list of 7 new and interesting activities you can do with your children the next time there’s a good snowfall, great for parents who are tired of building snowmen and having snowball fights!

  1. Paint the snow. Watercolors, or food dyes, are great for letting kids create a colorful masterpiece on the ground!
  2. Build a Mr Potato Head snowman. Take the toy’s facial features outside, and let kids decorate a small mound of snow. It’s much easier than building a big snowman, and your hands won’t get so cold!
  3. Make snow ice cream. There are more detailed recipes available online, but this ice cream contains only three ingredients – snow, condensed milk and vanilla. It might sound a little gross, but once you’ve tried it, it’s sure to become a yearly tradition!
  4. Make maple syrup snow candy. Again, there are recipes available online, but essentially this involves pouring boiling syrup onto fresh, compacted snow. The syrup sets instantly, and is quickly wrapped around a stick, for a delicious Canadian treat!
  5. Blow bubbles. If the temperature is below freezing, the bubbles will freeze in the air as they are blown. This is sure to be a hit with toddlers and young children in particular!
  6. If you have already built a snowman, have a competition to see who can throw the hat onto his head from the furthest distance. This is sure to make building a snowman a little more interesting for grown ups!
  7. If it is too cold to play outdoors, then bring the snow inside! Fill up a large tub with some real snow from outside and fill it with different objects for kids to play with. If necessary, put a towel or sheet down to protect the floor. They’ll be entertained for ages, and won’t be worried about getting too cold! The snow can easily be replaced if it starts to melt, too.