Toddler and snow are words that just roll off your tongue and make you want to go jump into the first winter snow. And we need to go enjoy it, so I am going to keep this short…
Over the last day or so we got over 25″ of snow. Yes, winter has finally made up for all the 70-degree weather we’ve been having this season. And, of course, we need to get out there and have some fun. So, let’s get dressed for the next 30 minutes to play for 20! Who’s with us? Let’s go!
First Thing’s First: The Prep
My Toddlers Snow Gear
- We start with a fresh and clean diaper right before we get dressed to head outside.
- Semi light outfit.
- Warm socks.
- Water proof/resistant boots.
- Hat. One that covers our ears.
- Mittens or gloves. Mittens make her hands more toasty.
- A bottle of lukewarm water. Because chopping through deep snow is tiring work for little legs.
My Toddler’s Snow Tools
- Buckets, old Tupperware containers, and other building molds. Same ones we use in the summer time.
- Shovels and rakes.
- Cookie cutters.
- A sled.
Toddler Snow Games
Snow Angels. Everyone knows this one. It was probably one of your first snow activities 🙂 Toddlers love this snow art. It’s easy and fun and they get to see immediate results of their snow play.
Snow People & Sculptures. Make mom. Make dad. Make grandma. Make the dog. If you want to make a bunch, the trick is to make them small. At this age (almost two) all she wants to do is destroy what I’ve built (be it blocks or snowmen). So, we’ll save the big ones for when she’s more seasoned with the snow. Toddler-friendly snow sculptures include a centipede, penguin, apple, train (think simple but diverse shapes).
Toddler-friendly snow sculptures include a centipede, penguin, apple, train (think simple but diverse shapes).
Sledding Hill. Check out NJMom.com’s gem of an article, 50 Best Sledding Hills New Jersey Has To Offer. Then, find a sledding hill near you, grab your friends, sleds, and off you go!
Digging Tunnels. That’s pretty much the direction. Let them lead the way. Pick a spot of a big snow pile and dig a big ole hole through it. They’ll love to walk through their creation!!! Hint: pour water over it (if it’s big enough) to solidify it and have it last a few days.
Build. Molds, buckets, and shovels are perfect snow toys to build your toddlers dream city. At the end, mine loves to Godzilla her way through it. Oh, what fun! You can also use Tupperware, plastic cups, and saved (and washed) food containers of different shapes instead of buying molds.
Tic-Tac-Snow (for the older ones). Grab some sticks and leaves or pine cones or anything else you can find around your neighborhood to play a game of tic-tac-snow.
Make a Mountain. I don’t know about yours but mine loves to collect things and put them all into an orderly place. This sounds like the perfect toddler to build a wall with. Then…
Make a Slide. We went really big back in the day. That day was in Here are some instructions from eHow.com on How to Make a Snow Slide in Your Back Yard.
Sled Ride. I know I used to love it when my mom did it so I am not surprised my little one is absolutely tickled to be pulled in a sled. I only wish I had more horsepower in this deep snow. A friend of ours has this darling Pelican Toddler sled that we got to test out. And it’s officially on our wishlist!
Now Go Enjoy All the Season Has to Offer.
Toddler snow games are written here but it’s up to you to bring them to life! Share your thoughts and ideas. As always, I look forward to them. Have fun!
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