9 Ways to Have Fun With Snowballs on a Snow Day

There are lots of ways to have fun outside on a snow day. Here is a list of activities to inspire some winter fun with snowballs.

preschool fun in the snow with snowballs

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Fluffy snow. Sticky snow. Icy snow that crunches underfoot. There's an activity for all kinds of snow!

The type of snow that falls inspires outdoor play in different ways.

  • There's the sticky snowball-making kind of snow.

  • There's the light fluffy snow that is perfect for making snow angels.

  • There's snow with a crusty or icy surface that's fun to paint on.

Snow-ball making snow is great for so many things. It can lead to snow forts, tunnels and other constructions, depending on the amount of snowfall.

We had fun with some new activities on a recent snow day and hope you like them too. We discovered there's so much more you can do with snowballs than just toss them at each other!

Of course, this type of snow also sticks to your mittens, so you may want to keep an extra pair handy!

When a light fluffy snowfall becomes sticky snow, that's the time to pull these ideas for snowball games out of your toolkit. The only supplies needed are lots of snowballs!

Outdoor play with snowballs


Winter games with snowballs


1. Mini snowman

Build a snowman with three sizes of snowballs. Add twigs for arms, and small stones for eyes and buttons. Can you make a snowball hat for your snowman?

2. Snowball snake

Arrange several snowballs in a long wavy line like a wiggly snake (or a train!).


3. Snowball castle 

Arrange snowballs in a pile to make a castle. Stack some snowballs for a tower. Make a bridge across the moat with snowballs. 

4. Snowball faces 

Draw a circle in the snow with a branch or your hand to outline a face.

Place snowballs on the face for eyes, nose and mouth, ears and a beard.


5. Hot potato tree target game

Winter fun with outdoor snow play


Form a circle and pass a snowball around just as you would in the traditional game. If there are only two participants you can simply pass a snowball back and forth.

The person holding the snowball at the end of the count or play list, throws it at a tree trunk or other target.

With several kids, you can play with more than one snowball at a time to make sure lots of snowballs are being thrown!

6. Snowball toss 

Make a start line in the snow for kids to stand behind.

Make two or three lines in the snow at varying distances from the start line.

Throw snowballs toward the target lines and see where they land.

Alternately, aim for a basket or other prop.


7. Snowball snowman on a tree trunk 

Snow games for kids outdoor winter activities


Make a large snowball and press it firmly onto the trunk of a tree.

Make two more snow balls in medium and small sizes.

Press them onto 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.

  • Stack snowballs one on top of the other. How many can you stack before they topple?

9. Snowball roll

Pile snow in a mound. Tamp a smooth pathway down the side of the mound with your hands to make a ramp.

Roll snowballs down this inclined plane.

Bonus game!

10. Snowball soccer

Substitute a white ball for a snowball to kick around in the snow. No rules or teams needed.


winter outdoor play with kids snowball games



Snow activities from other kid-friendly bloggers!

Potato Heads in the Snow by Happy Hooligans

Snow Play! Outdoor Winter Fun by Mama Smile

10 fun things to do in the snow by Hands on as We Grow

Painting on snow by Mama Papa Bubba blog.



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