10 Indoor Snow and Ice Winter Activities For Kids

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No sunshine? Or, alternatively, no snow? No problem! These wintery indoor activities allow kids to enjoy winter while staying warm and toasty indoors. In each project, use snow and ice (or creative substitutes) to get hands-on with the “magic” of winter.

Ice Building Blocks (Ages 2-9)

Freeze colored paint in small containers to make ice blocks for building! Kids love mixing the colors and waiting to see how they’ll come out. Pad the table with towels and let them build an ice city on a cookie sheet.

Salt Painting Ice Sculptures (Ages 3-9)

We were inspired by the Artful Parent to try out this fun science experiment. Not only is this a great learning project, but it’s amazingly beautiful to watch!

Ice Skaters (Ages 4-9)

Harness that “snow day” energy! These skaters are fun to make and so much fun to play with. Race them on a cookie sheet or long table!

Crystal Snowflake Gift Tags (Ages 5-16)

Ooh and ah over homemade snowflake creations! If you don’t already have borax on hand, you can easily find it in the laundry aisle at your grocery store.

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Melting Experiment and Sculpture (Ages 2-9)

Bring in some snow from outside, and make indoor sculptures with water. The kids will get a kick out of using water bottles to squirt water onto the snow (if not on each other).

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Instant Sensory Snow (Ages 3-9)

To recreate some of that fun winter magic, make your own snow! It was a great way to have fun with sensory play.

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Ice Sun Catchers (All Ages)

Sun catchers have a way of discovering smiles. These lovely ones are made from bits of nature, and are so beautiful hanging outside windows and from trees in a winter garden!

Peppermint Ice Cream in a Bag (Ages 8-16)

Winter is the perfect time for candy canes. Put those holiday candy cane decorations to good use with this fun recipe!

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Ice Lanterns (Ages 3-9)

These beautiful winter lanterns are so simple to make and flicker nicely in the winter landscape.

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Ice Luminary (Ages 2-7)

Kids will love seeing how the water inside the balloon freezes and how it reflects the light you place inside. After you are done with your luminary, you can use the leftover ball of ice for salt tunnel experiments.

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