20 Games to Play in the Snow

Great games to cure cabin fever.

20 Games to Play in the Snow

By Amanda Kingloff and Lauren DeBellis



For the Birds

String cranberries, popcorn, and cereal onto fishing line for a garland to attract and nourish your feathered friends.


Cold Molds

Borrow some pans from the kitchen. Use them to build crystal fairy castles or to create cakes for a cold-weather "buffet."


A Sweet Chalet

Decorate your playhouse with laminated paper snowflakes, pinwheels, and a wreath dotted with plastic ponytail holders.


Ice and Easy

Freeze colored water into ice cubes, then hide them around the yard for a wintertime scavenger hunt.



Two players go for the championship in this classic game. Use crisscrossed sticks and pinecones as game pieces.


Frosty Toss

Have a snowball-throwing contest! Make a target by creating a bright circle in the snow with colored water in a squirt bottle.


Shake It Up!

Use strong glue to attach a plastic toy to the inside of a jar lid, then add baby oil and glitter for a homemade snow globe; it makes a fun souvenir of a great day.


Sugar Daddy

Give your friendly snowman a candy-coated makeover with licorice, lollipops, and gummies.


Build a Fort

Build a fort. Use sand buckets, loaf pans, and cut-up empty milk cartons to make a cool snow castle.


Go Tubing

Beach toys aren't just for sand. Have your kids sit in inner tubes and then race to the finish line using just their feet.


Swing Away

Make a golf course by packing down a section of snow every few feet. Bury tin cans halfway down in the snow to create holes, and mark them with mini flagsticks.


Pin the Smile on the Snowman

Pass out chocolate cookies, then blindfold each child and let him try to get the mouth, eyes, and buttons in place.


Practice Your Pitch

Paint a bull's-eye target on a piece of cardboard, giving each colored ring a point value. Attach it to a tree, and keep score as the kids try to hit the target with snowballs.


Hoop It Up

Grab a few hula hoops, and have a contest to see who can last the longest. It's a lot harder when you're all bundled up!


 Have a Snow Ball Fight

Divide your family into teams, then start throwing. Save this one for last so you can go inside, dry off, and have some hot chocolate.


Walk This Way

Have your kids follow your lead as you move like different animals: Waddle like a penguin, stomp like a bear, and wiggle like a fish.


Create a Maze

Put on your hiking boots and stamp out a path for your kids to follow.



Plan a Scavenger Hunt

Hide an apple in a mound of snow so that a little bit peeks out. Give the kids silly directions to follow as they search for it.


Play Freeze Tag

Can you think of a more appropriate game for a chilly day? Once someone's tagged by the person who's "It," he has to stay frozen until another player tags him again.



Make Faces

Use handfuls of packed snow to create funny characters on a tree trunk.




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