Playing in the Snow Indoors – a snow sensory bin

snow sensory binWe finally got a decent decent snow-fall Friday, but but by today the temps were mild again, and it was raining.  The snow was disappearing before our eyes, so I decided to make a snow sensory bin, to play with inside, so we could enjoy  the white stuff before it was gone again.

This is such a great way to play in the snow when you can’t get outside.  It’s nice to explore the properties of snow in the comforts of your own home too!  The kids just wouldn’t get to explore it in this way if we were outside, all bundled up, with frozen fingers and toes.  

I put a large vinyl table cloth-down, and filled up a couple of clear storage containers with the white stuff.  

We had a little ice cream shop going on in one bin, and and some snow-man building happening in the other.

Scoops, bowls, and tongs are great for ice-cream play.  The Hooligans decorated their creations with beads and corn kernels.  

Badminton birdies make great ice-cream “cones”, and ice-cube trays are fun for all kinds of creating.

For the snowman bin, some buttons, beads and popsicle sticks worked well.  

Hand out some mittens, and let the fun begin.

They were at it for over an hour, and would have stayed at it longer, but we had to stop for lunch.

Other than a few puddles on the table cloth, it’s a really neat and clean activity.  Just keep a small towel handy, and every once in a while wipe up any melting snow on the table cloth.  Clean up is a snap too.  Just rinse off the tools and dishes, open the door, and toss the snow back outside. :)

What a great way to put in a rainy morning!


  1. says

    This is my kind of post! I can’t stand snow and cold weather but I definitely don’t want to deprive my children of it. This would be perfect for them to explore snow and for me to be nice and cozy in the warm comforts of my home!

  2. says

    Looking at these pictures and such creative ways to play with snow – indoor – I’m craving for some snow right now! Too bad we don’t get snow here. We might have to travel further north here in India to experience snow.

    Lovely, lovely pictures, Jackie. Will share on my FB page so my Indian readers can enjoy virtual snow play :)

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks, Rashmie. Who was it that posted about making your own snow? They put ice in their blender. You’d need a lot of ice though, but you could always give that a try. :) Thanks for sharing the post with your readers. xo

  3. Vanessa says

    You know, I’ve never thought of bringing some snow indoors. What a great idea. Now… if only we get some snow this winter….

  4. says

    Gorgeous!! Such a great way to keep the fun lasting for longer! We did this one year in my classroom at school and the kids made Mount Everest from it, and got the playmobil people to climb all the way to the top- priceless!
    I am going to feature this on It’s Playtime this week- fab inspiration :-)

  5. happyhooligans says

    Oh, that’s great, Anna! I love the idea of adding people! We’ll have to do that next time.
    Thanks so much for featuring us on It’s Playtime!!

  6. says

    I am SO jealous of your SNOW!!!! I miss snow :( I grew up in it, but now live about 3 hrs from any. Plus, winter has just totally skipped over California this year. This is a fantastic idea! LOVE! Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas at Thrifty Thursday!


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