Snow Messy Play Ideas to Try This Winter

Over 20 snow messy play ideas to try with your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten kids. Be sure to check out our epic list of messy play ideas once you’re done here. Your students will get so much fun and learning out of these playful activities.

I think the snow-themed messy play will pair perfectly with your winter lesson plans. They can also be incorporated into a snow theme or in conjunction with your favorite snowy books. Of course, you can also try the messy snow activities just because they’re lots of fun!

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Related: Winter Activities for Preschoolers

Now, above I mentioned that these snowy activities would be great for young children. Keep in mind that older kids will get a kick out of them, too! You can also make your own tweaks to the ideas shared below based on your preferences and the needs of your students.

Snow Messy Play Ideas

Below you’ll find a over 20 snow-themed messy activities for kids. I’ve even

Read through the materials, tips, and activities and decide what interests you the most. Then click on the links of your favorite ideas to read more details. Be sure to save this post for future reference!

Materials for the Messy Snow Activities

All of the snow messy play ideas listed below have their own specific supplies. But there are quite a few materials that appear in many of them. So here’s a list of some of the items you might use for the messy activities (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):

That’s not necessarily a full list, but you can build a ton of messy snowy activities with just those supplies! Take a look and see which of the ideas listed below matches up the best with what you already have on-hand. Unless you need an excuse to head to the store, of course!

Messy Play Clean-Up Tips

Since we’re talking about snow messy play ideas, I’m sure you’re expecting some mess, right?! Because each of these activities definitely brings messiness along. The level of mess is going to depend on the individual activity, the materials used, and how your students engage with the activity.

I’m not one to shy away from a mess. Especially because, for many young children, mess can be the result of open-ended play and creativity. Not all children care for messes, and that’s okay too. They might approach each snowy idea from a different angle.

To mitigate some of the mess, have a plan in place! Know what your preferred mess level is and keep your expectations of the kids age-appropriate. Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Model and explain your expectations to the kids ahead of time.
  • Take things outside if possible.
  • Have towels on-hand if you’re using real snow.
  • Keep kid-friendly cleaning tools nearby.
  • Put a tarp or mat down if getting into the messy play inside.
  • Teach the children how to handle the mess during clean-up time.

Hopefully those tips will help with the snow messy play ideas!

Messy Play with Real Snow

Let’s kick the ideas off with activities using real snow. If you live somewhere that consistently gets snow, these activities are for you! Even if you only get snow occasionally, now you’ll have some ideas in your back pocket. And if you don’t ever have snow nearby, you can look into substituting the real snow for your favorite sake snow!

3 messy play ideas using real snow
  • Add some vibrancy to the blank, white canvas outside by snow painting with water balloons!
  • Set up a melting snowman science activity for your students. Let them get creative, and a little messy, as they build a snowman inside and watch it melt.
6 real snow messy play ideas for kids
  • Add dramatic play to your snow messy play ideas with an indoor or outdoor snow kitchen.

Which of those messy real snow activities would your students get a kick out of?

Fake Snow Messy Play Ideas

Now it’s time for the messy ideas that use pretend snow. You can swap out the fake snow for real snow if you’d prefer! Or change things up by incorporating your preferred fake snow in place of the ideas listed below.

5 fake snow messy play ideas
  • Learn how to make fake snow with flour and create a snowy sensory bin. This “snow” is moldable, and you can even put it in the fridge or freezer to make it cold.
  • Have your students practice fine motor skills with a snow writing tray. Then let the kids explore some small world play while they’re at it.
  • Discuss hibernation and dormancy while the kids play in a winter-themed bear sensory bin.
6 snow-themed messy play ideas for kids
  • If your students are big fans of a certain ice queen, this frozen snow dough needs to be on your list of snow messy play ideas.
  • Make snow floam with the kids and explore a fun combination of textures while playing.
  • Set up an inviting arctic sensory bin that incorporates DIY fake snow and water for your students.
  • Delve into some winter science by experimenting with instant snow powder.

Do you have a favorite fake snow recipe that would work with these snowy activities?

Snowy Messy Art

I found a few additional snow messy play ideas your students might enjoy! These don’t really use real snow or fake snow. But they’re snow-themed creative ideas, so I think they fit perfectly here.

6 messy snow-themed art ideas for kids

Well, now that you have over 25 snow messy play ideas, which one are you going to try first? I know, I know, it’s a hard decision to make!

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