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Indoor Snow Play for Kids – Even if you don’t have snow

Here are two easy ideas for an indoor activity that allows your kids to play in the snow, and you don’t have to wrestle anyone into snow pants or boots. Parent win!

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1.) If it’s cold and snowy where you live, fill a large bin or container with snow. Give your kids a pair of gloves, and enjoy!

2.) If you don’t have snow but still want a similar experience, make Faux Snow. Jump down to the Homemade Faux Snow recipe below.

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Playing with snow inside

Some ideas for indoor snow play:

  • Our kid’s favorite way to play with snow is with cars and trucks. Construction vehicles are especially fun for digging and dumping.
  • Sand toys are great for use in the snow.  Add a few to the bin and kids will have lots of fun building snow castles.
  • Have kids use their finger to practice their ABC’s or numbers in the snow.
  • Add scoopers and other kitchen gadgets to pretend they are cooking or for some simple sensory fun!
  • Give kids spray bottles of colored water so that they can paint the snow.  Mix 5-10 drops of food coloring with 1 cup of water in spray bottles, and you will have snow paint! I haven’t tried this with the faux snow, only real snow.
Indoor Snow Play

Don’t have snow and DIY kid crafts aren’t your thing? Check out this faux snow on Amazon. Just add water!

I’m a mom I have to say it:

Please don’t allow children under 3 to use faux snow unsupervised. Putting these products in their mouths could be dangerous!

Faux Snow Play

This faux snow is so much fun, our boys love it! In a sealed container it lasts about 2 weeks.
I will say, this can be a messy project for kids. I find it to be pretty simple to clean up with a brush and dustpan and then a wet rag. Also, it came right off of the toys with a little water in the sink. But if you are a parent who thinks that playdough is too messy, you might want to sit this one out! 🙂

Homemade Faux Snow Recipe


  • 32 oz cornstarch
  • 1 can shaving cream


  • In a bowl or on a cookie sheet add the cornstartch.
  • Spray the shaving cream onto the cornstarch.
  • Mix the ingredients with your hands until you are happy with the consistensy.
  • If the dough is too sticky add a bit more corn starch & knead it in. 
  • Put the dough on a cookie sheet or in a plastic bin and let your kids have some fun!


  • Store snow dough in an airtight container between play times, and it can be used for up to two weeks.  
  • This snow dough is naturally cold to the touch, but it can be made even colder by using refrigerated ingredients.  You can also add a peppermint scent by adding a little peppermint extract if desired.  

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