These DIY snow building blocks are crazy simple to make. A must-have in your winter activities for preschoolers.
Looking for an easy snow play idea for the kids?
Last week, we had snow on Friday (yet again), which led to school being canceled. Little Hurricane and Snoopy came over to play with Engineer for a bit that morning.
Materials for Snow Play
We brought all sorts of “outdoor toys” into the snow with us — basically just a bunch of everyday items that we regularly use for outdoor play. Nothing fancy at all — but I’m all about simple snow play ideas! Here is what we used (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
Related: Snowball Winter Activities for Kids
The boys had fun playing in the snow, of course, but it was the storm drain that fascinated them for the bulk of the time (just like when Engineer played in the rain a few months back). There was still a lot of snow on the ground when we went out to play that morning. It had started to warm up a little, though, which led to some of the snow melting. Engineer and Snoopy set about building a dam as soon as they noticed the water draining! These boys and their dams . . . it’s been going on for months. 🙂
At first, they just used clumps of snow to block the water. Then Engineer handed me an ice cube try and asked me to make him some blocks out of snow! He and Snoopy loved the results . . . snow building blocks!
The boys stacked the blocks for a little while, then focused more on creating a dam with them. Little Hurricane just liked setting the little blocks in front of the water, watching as the water melted the snowy blocks. I was mostly in charge of making the blocks, so I didn’t get too many pictures of what they built. Lots of fun was had by all, so you’ll just have to take my word for that! 🙂
How do your kiddos like to build in the snow? What snow play idea would you like to share with us? We’re always looking for new, fun ideas!!
Preschool Snow Lesson Plans
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 learning activities related to the theme.
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas, book suggestions, and the following printables:
- Snowflake Roll and Color Graphing
- 2 Sets of Snowflake Number Cards for 0-35
- Snowflake Beginning Sounds Activity for Sounds /s/, /t/, and /m/
- Upper- and Lowercase Snowflake Letter Matching Puzzles
- Snowflake Patterning and Sorting Cards
- Count the Snowflakes Emergent Math Reader for Numbers 1 to 5
- Count the Snowflakes Emergent Math Reader for Numbers 1 to 10
Get your snowflake lesson plans at Preschool Teacher 101 or Teachers Pay Teachers
Thanks for sharing! I think that I am going to try to building blocks with snow tomorrow!
Yay! These little snow blocks equaled tons of fun for three boys! 🙂 Thanks for checking it out!
When Engineer and I went to see the trees, all he wanted to do was build dams in the stream. Good to know its a thing.
Yes….this has been going on for some time! 🙂
thanks for linking up. and hope you’re now following. i’m following you. and wow…those marshmallows look so yummy. and are so festive. hope you had a great Valentines day.
Thanks, Laney! I’m a new follower of yours, as well. Thanks . . . they were yummy!! 🙂
That is so much fun! My kids love blocks so this would definitely motivate them to get out in the snow! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!
Thanks! 🙂 Engineer has already asked for more snow to build with.
Featuring you this week!
Awesome . . . thank you!!
Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum says
So much fun to be had. I’ve added it to our winter bucket list for next year.
Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday tots and letting you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.
Wow, that’s wonderful . . . thanks! 🙂 I always enjoy checking out your blog, as well as Tuesday Tots. So many delightful ideas!
Kierna Corr (@CiarnaC) says
Looks like loads of fun, sadly we didn’t get much snow this year at all. Thanks for adding this to the outdoor play party, Kierna
Thanks for popping by! We’ve had a few good play-in-the-snow days, and my guy keeps requesting more!
Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning says
“Almost” makes me wish it snowed here! Thanks so much for sharing at Discover & Explore. I’m featuring you today. http://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/invitations-to-create-for-little-engineers.html
Hahaha! Yes, if you have to have as many snow days as we had this year . . . those random ice cube trays really came in handy! 🙂 Thanks so much for including this post. My Engineer will get a kick out of that.