125 Wonderful Winter Activities for Kids

Winter fun whether there’s snow or not.

two fun winter activities sledding and building indoor igloos
We Are Teachers

Winter brings shorter days, so fill them with fun outdoor activities, cozy indoor activities, and lots of learning about the winter solstice, the Arctic, and snow, snow, snow! Here are ideas for all kinds of winter activities that you can do to keep kids busy and learning until the first signs of spring.

Jump to:

Winter Activities With Snow

Sometimes snow is the best! These activities are amazing ways to spend a snowy day.

colored blocks of ice for an ice sculpture fun winter activity
Happy Hooligans/Colored snow via happyhooligans.ca
sledding using a cardboard box for a fun winter activity
Nature Up North/Sledding via natureupnorth.org
girl using a squirt gun to paint snow for fun winter activities
Mama Papa Bubba/Snow spray painting via mamapapabubba.com
girl going through hoops in the snow for a fun winter activity snow obstacle course
Paper Heart Family/Snow obstacle course via paperheartfamily.com
ice sculpture of a hedgehot
Thimble and Twig/Snow creatures via thimbleandtwig.com

Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

If the weather is cooperating you can have all the fun outside in colder weather, even without snow.

kids on an outdoor ice rink
Mama Papa Bubba/Outdoor ice rink via mamapapabubba.com
frozen suncatchers made with leaves and ice a fun winter activity
Take Them Outside/Frozen suncatchers via takethemoutside.com
evergreen mandala made with pine needles and sticks
Active for Life/Evergreen mandala via activeforlife.com

Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

When the weather outside is too cold, a day inside is just what’s needed. Indoor days don’t have to be dull. Here are ways to keep kids engaged when the weather outside is frightful.  

boy making a giant paper snowman
Toddler Approved/Snowman buddy via toddlerapproved.com
ice skating penguins fun winter activity
Inspire My Play/Ice skating penguins via inspiremyplay.com
two kids in an igloo made with a sheet and building rods for a fun winter activity
Artful Parent/Fort via artfulparent.com

Winter STEM Activities for Kids


There’s so much to learn in winter. Make a snowman explode. Create a snowstorm you can hold. Build an ice castle. Learn about the northern lights. Check out these winter learning activities for more ideas.

snow volcano stem winter activity
Messy Little Monster/Snow volcano via messylittlemonster.com
kid building a house for a snowman out of lego bricks for a fun winter activity
Days With Grey/Snowman house via dayswithgrey.com
paper snowflake with salt crystals
Little Bins for Little Hands/Salt crystal snowflakes via littlebinsforlittlehands.com

Check out even more winter science experiments and activities.

Winter Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids

These arts and crafts activities are fun ways to spend an afternoon and decorate your house or classroom.

a window cling that kids can make
Kids Activities Blog/Window clings via kidsactivitiesblog.com
pinecone owl craft for a fun winter activity
Easy Peasy and Fun/Owl craft via easypeasyandfun.com
snowflakes made out of painted pasta for a fun winter activity
Goods Home Design/pasta snowflakes via goodshomedesign.com
winter tree image using sticks and white paint
Fantastic Fun and Learning/Winter tree via fantasticfunandlearning.com
sparkly icicles for a winter craft
Kids Craft Room/Sparkly icicles via kidscraftroom.com

Check out even more winter craft ideas.

Winter Sensory Play

From floating ice cubes to cotton balls, these winter sensory bins are a great way for kids to calm down and play.

boy playing with winter sensory bin for fun winter activity
Days With Grey/Bears sensory bin via dayswithgrey.com
girl playing in snow sensory bin
Artful Parent/Instant snow via artfulparent.com
arctic habitat sensory bin for fun winter activity
Inspire My Play/iceberg sensory bin via inspiremyplay.com

If you like these winter-inspired activities, check out these activities to celebrate your senses.

And for more great hands-on activity ideas, be sure to sign up for our newsletters to find out when they’re posted!

Winter can be so much fun--snowmen, ice, cold, and cozy. These winter activities for kids will keep you busy all season long.