Have you woken up to a pristine blanket of fresh white snow? Are the kids itching to get out and have some fun? Why not take a look at the best snow toys for kids to keep them happy all day.
Let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than having the kids cooped up indoors. Just because it’s snowing doesn’t mean they can’t be outside, burning off some energy.
In this article, we take a look at some of the best snow toys for kids and how to keep them safe when they’re out in the cold.
Tips for Safe Snow Play
The weather anchor has forecast a heavy snowfall, the kids have heard it and are getting excited. Then they see their school is closed and the whoops of joy can be heard around the block. After all, what kid (and adult) doesn’t love a snow day?
Reminds me of the lyrics from the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Here are some tips to keep your kids warm and safe during snow play, then we’ll check out some toys.
1. Layer Up
The last thing you want is your child overheating or freezing their tush off. So, what’s the right amount of clothing?
Pop them in thermal “long johns” if you have them. If not, use a moisture wicking underlayer. You don’t want their sweat being trapped and getting their underlayers wet.
On top of that, ideally, you want a turtleneck, with a couple of loose insulating layers, such as long-sleeved tops. Keeping them loose will trap an insulating layer of air. You could then use a sweater and coat — and remember warm socks, boots, mittens or gloves, a scarf, and a hat.
The general advice is that you should put one more layer on babies and children than an adult would need in similar conditions.
2. Use Sunscreen
3. Safe Sledding
Dashing through the snow at an exhilarating speed is fun for kids, young and old. There is, however, the potential for injury. More than 20,000 people under the age of 19 are treated in the ER each year for sledding injuries (3).
Most of these are head injuries, so consider putting a helmet on them. Alternatively, don’t let them sled down a slope head first, and avoid the slopes when they’re overcrowded.
Finally, make sure that the slopes are free of debris, trees, rocks, fences or anything else that can hurt a child if they hit it.
4. Frostnip and Frostbite
One of the perils of outside play in cold conditions is the risk of frostnip or frostbite. These conditions usually affect the cheeks, ears, nose, fingers, and toes.
Make sure your little ones take regular breaks inside from the cold. When they do take a break, inspect their extremities for blue, mottled patches, or white and numb areas (4).
To help prevent “Jack Frost” from getting to them, you shouldn’t let them go out after a recent bath or shower.
The Best Kids Snow Toys of 2020
The snow is here, time to head outdoors and have some fun! Here are some of the best snow toys for kids.
1. Poof Slinky Snowball Maker
Pile up a stack of perfect snowballs with this easy-to-use tool from Poof Slinky. Just open the handles, scoop the snow and close — voila, a lovely round snowball. Your kids will be the envy of their friends when it comes to snowball fights.
These come in a pack of three in bright colors and are suitable for kids aged 5 and over.
2. Flexible Flyer Metal Runner Sled
This steel and wood sled is good for young and old. Suitable from ages 5 years and up it can hold up to 250 pounds. Ideal for sledding down the slopes with your kids in tow.
It’s steerable with your hands lying down, or feet sitting up, so you can curve your way around other sledders. It also comes fully assembled. All you have to do is unbox it and you’re ready to go.
3. Ideal SNO Toys SNO-Buddy Penguin
What kid doesn’t love a penguin? This snow mold will let you build your own colony of penguins in the snow. Fill each half of the mold with snow, close them, stand it up and open again, and a cute penguin emerges.
This is suitable for kids aged 5 and over and makes a fun alternative to building snowmen. They can recreate the cast of “Happy Feet” and direct their own movie.
4. Zipfy Freestyle Luge Snow Sled
This luge-style snow sled will have your kids whizzing down the slopes in true Olympic style. Available in nine different colors, it only weighs 3.5 pounds and is suitable for kids aged 6 and over.
Race through turns by leaning into them using the handle to steer. An anti-slip vinyl seat makes it comfortable, while decals let you personalize the sled.
5. Flexible Flyer Baby & Toddler To-Boggan
Little kids also love being out in the snow. This toboggan will let your toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years sit in style while you tow them along with the included rope.
It has a high double backrest, and the elevated position of the seat will keep them dry. Just make sure your little one holds on tight, as there’s no strap to hold them in.
6. Slippery Racer Downhill Sprinter Sled
This flexible plastic coated sled is suitable for kids aged 4 and over. It’s lightweight and has a rope attached, making towing it back uphill a breeze. It also has a cold-resistant “IceVex” treatment to keep kids warmer for longer.
It’s available in three bright colors: red, blue, or green, so your little ones will easily be seen as they speed down the slopes.
7. GeoSpace Ski Skooter
Snowboarding is made simple with this scooter for kids aged 6 and over. It will work on flat surfaces as well as slopes. They can even use it on grass or sand, which is good if you live in areas where kids want snow-style fun but you don’t get much snow.
It has LED lights on the front so your kids can easily be seen when visibility or light isn’t so good. The non-skid platform helps with stability in the feet, too.
8. Tundra Sled with Steering Wheel
This go-kart style sled is more costly than some but it does have extra features. These include a steering wheel, twin foot brakes, a stopper on the front and side runner footrests. This gives control and protection on those fast downhill runs.
It’s suitable for kids aged 6 and over, and even adults up to 220 pounds. The metal frame is sturdy and the latticed seat design helps disperse impact and prevents cracking and damage.
9. A-DUDU Snow Tube
Snow tubes are great fun for kids, big and little. They’re inflatable and lightweight and this one is no exception. Made from a thick PVC, it has sturdy handles to hold onto as you skim over the snow.
It also comes with its own waterproof carry bag for storage and transportation. As snow tubes give less control than most sleds, don’t forget the safety helmet, knee pads, and all-important adult supervision. Also, don’t let kids under 6 years old sled on it.
10. Evelots Snowman Kit
Building a snowman is fun for all the family. This kit is suitable for kids aged 5 and over, and will make sure you have the best-dressed snowman in the neighborhood. You can choose to buy either one or two kits.
It contains 16 pieces to bring your snowman to life, including a top hat and scarf, a carrot nose, eyes, buttons, and a smile. All pieces have long prongs to make sure they stay in place — until the snow melts, that is!
11. Flexible Flyer Snow Castle Kit
Let your budding builders create snow bricks and build their own snow fort, igloo or whatever else you fancy. These three molds have non-toxic finishes, making them safe for kids aged 3 and over. They also fit inside each other for easy storage.
We love that these can be used to make snow bricks in the winter and then sand bricks in the summer. An ideal year-round toy.
12. Lucky Bums Toddler Sled
This sled is suitable for little ones aged 3 and under, or up to 40 pounds in weight. It has a long rope for pulling them along the snow, a high back, and extended sides.
Anti-slip panels are built into the footrests and there’s a safety strap to keep toddlers in place. The design is wide, ensuring stability while little ones stay safe inside.
13. Tubbs Snowflake Snowshoe
Going for a walk on a snowy day can be slippery and treacherous. Help your little ones keep their footing with these snowshoes. Suitable for children aged about 3 to 6 years, it has molded plastic toe claws to help keep kids stable.
The binding is an easy two-step fastening and there’s a heel grip to keep feet in place. There’s also a sticker pack included, so kids can personalize their snowshoes.
14. Snow Coloring Kit
This coloring kit is good for both snow and sand. It comes with a mold for building snow (or sand) bricks, plastic spray bottles, and 10 color tablets. Paint your snow fort with rainbow colors, personalize your snowballs or dress up your snowman.
I like that the coloring tablets are safe, 100 percent washable, stain-free and eco-friendly. It’s suitable for kids aged 3 years and over.
15. Indoor Snowballs
Maybe you live in Miami or one of the other states that rarely, if ever, see snow. We don’t want your kids to miss out, so these indoor snowballs mean you can join in the fun as well.
Suitable for kids aged 3 and over, these soft “snowballs” can be played with any time and anywhere. They leave no mess or slush, are machine washable and suitable for the drier on a low setting.
Heading Out Into the Snow
Snowtime is a fun time for kids, from the smallest to the biggest — yes, that means you. Most of us enjoy activities in the cold weather, from sledding or building a snowman to snowball fights or building snow forts, so it’s great for family time.
All the toys we have chosen are ideal for snow play, but our favorite is the Poof Slinky Snowball Maker. This makes snowballs which are fun for all the family to play with, from the youngest to the oldest.
We hope you enjoyed our top 15 picks of the best snow toys for kids and are now inspired to go out and hit the slopes, or at least build a snowman! Just remember to wrap up warm and stay safe.
What’s your favorite snow activity? Please leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you.