Snow-Themed Sensory Activities for Toddlers & Infants

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    Snow-Themed Sensory Activities for Toddlers & Infants

    Sensory activities involving snow encourage young infants and toddlers to explore new tactile experiences as they experiment with different textures and temperatures. Projects can take place outdoors or indoors, utilising real or fake snow. Toddlers will enjoy snow-themed activities in the kitchen, at the craft table or in the backyard. For infants, cotton balls and fleece blankets are great materials for a setting a playful snow scene for sensory play.

    Young children will love learning about those fluffy snowflakes that fall from the sky. (snow flakes 2 image by Doug Stacey from

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    Cotton Snowmen

    Gather cotton balls to scatter on the floor or arrange on a sheet of paper. Infants and older babies will be fascinated by the soft wispy threads as you pull the cotton balls apart. Stack cotton balls together to build snowmen and create your own large snowflakes out of cotton balls. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to use small amounts of glue to paste the cotton snowballs together or on construction paper. If your child has a tendency to put the cotton balls in her mouth, use other types of white balls to create your snowballs. Try arranging ping pong balls or golf balls in the shape of a snowman and draw a snowman face on the top "snowball." You can also lay a fluffy white blanket on the floor to create a more wintry scene for your infant's snow-time play.

    Cotton balls offer a new texture to young infants. (Cotton Balls image by Towards Ithaca from

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    Gather freshly fallen snow to create your own snowcones or mix into homemade ice cream. If you prefer not to use real snow from outside, you can also blend ice cubes to create a similar mix. If you'd rather not eat your creations, toddlers can pretend that they are running their own ice cream shop. Mix drops of food colouring into the snow or blended ice and see what different flavours and colours you can come up with. Use real cones or rolled paper to hold your snowcones.

    Regular ice cream cones are suitable for snow cones. (ice cream cones 6 image by Warren Millar from

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    Paper Snowflakes

    Folding paper snowflakes is a popular winter craft. For infants and toddlers, a unique twist can be placed on this traditional activity. Toddlers who have not yet mastered scissors can tear folded pieces of paper to create one-of-a-kind snowflakes. For infants, tear large pieces of paper to create confetti-like flakes. Drop your snowflakes from the sky and watch where they fall, then scoop them up again. Infants and toddlers will love digging in the piles of paper bits. You can also use white packing peanuts to simulate snow.

    Packing peanuts make perfect play snowflakes. (packing peanuts reflection image by Jim Mills from

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    Outdoor Snow Fun

    Traditional outdoor snow play offers a great variety of sensory stimuli for toddlers. Make snow angels, throw snowballs and create tunnels through large snow piles. Preschoolers and young children love building short snowmen and forts to hide behind. A variety of unique snow toys are also available specifically for toddlers, including snow block builders to make bricks from snow, snowball scoopers and even inflatable snow tunnels.

    The craft of snowball-making helps toddlers build fine motor skills. (eggs on black background image by shoot from

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