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3 “Snow” Activities For Toddlers That Don’t Require Freezing Your Butt Off

Just because we don’t have real snow in Los Angeles doesn’t mean we can’t make our version of it.  These 3 activities are perfect for your winter themed playdate or a cool way to reminisce in the summer…

Painted Snow

Pop a few ice cubes into a blender (make sure the lid is closed tightly), blend away, and it will produce some legitimate snow. We gave the toddlers mini-squirt bottles with watercolor and they immediately figured out how to squeeze them and paint the snow.   You can also use regular paint with brushes, or add in figures or trucks.

Snow Free for All

Sometimes messes are OK if they are intentional.  We dumped out a big bag of cotton balls and pillow stuffing. The idea here was for the kids to shovel it. They loved this and it’s such a great way to burn off energy inside. They scooped it up, dumped it out, launched it until we were in a full blown snowball fight!

Snowflake Buffet

We just gave them glue and a muffin tin full of fun stuff laying around the house like puffs, gems, little buttons (please supervise around small objects!) They loved getting to create their own snowflake masterpieces. I know it might seem simple, but this kind of glue activity is Tess’s favorite thing to do now. Only issue is getting her to actually leave the buffet.



Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (8, 6, 3). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house.