9 Ways to Have Fun With Snowballs on a Snow Day

There are lots of ways to have fun outside on a snow day, especially if the snow is the sticky snowball-making kind. Here is a list of activities to inspire some winter fun with snowballs.

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Winter activities provide lots of opportunities for outdoor fun, like this list of 10 fun things to do in the snow from Hands on as We Grow.

There's also the creative activity of painting on snow as featured on Mama Papa Bubba blog.

And light fluffy snow is perfect for making snow angels!


The snow we like best is sticky snow because it's is perfect for making snow forts, tunnels, and - yes! - snowballs.

We discovered there's so much more you can do with snowballs than have a snowball fight. We had fun with some new activities on a recent snow day and hope you like them too. The only supplies needed are lots of snowballs!


1. Mini Snowman

Build a snowman with three sizes of snowballs. Add twigs for arms, and small stones for eyes and buttons. What can you find for a hat for your snowman?

2. Snow Snake

Arrange several snowballs in a long wavy line to make a snake.


Snow castle built with snowballs - Preschool Toolkit


3. Snow Castle 

Stack snowballs randomly to make a castle. How many snowballs can you add without them rolling down from the top?

4. Snowball Faces 

Draw a large circle in the snow to outline a face. Add features with snowballs!


Play hot potato with a snowball - Preschool Toolkit


5. Hot Potato

Form a circle and pass a snowball around just as you would in the popular game. If there are only two participants you can simply pass a snowball back and forth. Sing the Hot Potato song. When you reach the last word, the one left holding the snowball throws it at a tree trunk. We played with more than one snowball at a time to make sure lots of snowballs were being thrown!

6. Snowball Toss 

Make a line in the snow to stand behind. Make two or three lines in the snow at varying distances from the start line. Throw a snowball toward the target lines and see where it lands.


Snowballs on a tree trunk to make a snowman - Preschool Toolkit


7. Snowman on a Tree Trunk 

Make a snowball and press it firmly onto the trunk of a tree. Add two more snow balls to the tree trunk to complete the snowman.

8. Snowball Math 

Make snowballs of different sizes. Line up the snowballs from smallest to biggest. Sort snowballs into groups according to size.

9. Snowball Roll

Create a pathway down a slope with snow walls. Tamp the snow with your boots to make a smooth slide.. See how easily snowballs will roll down your inclined plane.


When a light fluffy snowfall becomes sticky snow, that's the time to pull these ideas for snowball games out of your toolkit. Of course, this type of snow also sticks to your mittens, so you may want to keep an extra pair handy!



Snow Soccer - Kick a white ball around in the snow. There are no rules or teams needed for this game!
While not actually using a snowball, a white ball is lots of fun to simply kick - or throw - back and forth to each other.



More fun in the snow

  • Dig through the snow to measure its depth.
  • Follow a footprint trail through the snow.
  • Measure the length of a footprint - and the distance between footprints.



Snow activities from other kid-friendly bloggers!

Potato Heads in the Snow by Happy Hooligans

Snow Play! Outdoor Winter Fun by Mama Smiles

Winter Critter Snowman by Fireflies and Mudpies

Winter Science Activities by i Game Mom



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