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Snow Play! Outdoor Winter Fun for Kids

Playing in the snow

Monday the snow was finally packable, and the kids were thrilled to spend the afternoon playing outside. I went out with them, and we spent a few hours together in perfect snow-play temperatures – barely above freezing!

Outdoor Winter Fun for Kids

building a snowman

Johnny’s preschool teachers gave him this snowman kit at Christmas, and he has been waiting all winter to use it!

proud of their finished snowman

They were all immensely proud of their finished snowman! We took a picture (which I need to print and send in to Johnny’s teachers).

building a snow castle

Then we moved on to a snow fort – or snow castle, as the kids called it. We all worked together and built a pretty large structure by putting together large snowballs:

snow castle

The next morning we woke up to eerie fog, and rapidly-melting snow. Lily and Johnny still enjoyed playing in it:

kids playing in the snow


The kids thought I should include a video clip, so here it is! It was vetted by all three kids, so even though Lily says “don’t take my picture yet” she was fine with video!


There’s new snow falling as I type – hopefully we’ll get enough to play in!

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

30 thoughts on “Snow Play! Outdoor Winter Fun for Kids”

  1. FionaCambouropoulos (@coombemill)

    Looks like another family having lots of fun in the weekend snow. Next time I hope it reaches us in Cornwall!

    1. Oh, I hope you do get some snow, it’s so fun for the kids!

      I tried to comment on your blog, but kept getting an error. No idea why! But I LOVE your farm photos – kid heaven!

  2. That is so lovely. We have just had snow here this weekend and it was the twins first encounter. I don’t think they really liked the cold, or the falling over bless them, but give it a couple of years and they will want to be out in it all the time.

    Thanks for linking to Family Frolics. x

  3. That looks like so much fun, we haven’t gotten that much snow yet…and I’m in no hurry to but making snowmen and forts is such a great classic part of childhood.

  4. This is definitely a perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon – how fun that Johnny’s teachers gave him this kit.

  5. Oh, how sweet! And what a treat to see them walking around and talking!! I saw Lily giving Johnny a little kick in the behind…..she is an ornery one…lol. I heard how well, and clearly, she was talking. I heard Johnny protesting when he was getting kicked, but I didn’t hear Emma at all. I guess she’s not “ready for her close up” yet. Thanks for the little clip.

    xo Linda

    1. I think Lily was actually only trying to kick the snow – and not sure if she hit him or just kicked the snow out from under him! Lily’s the big talker of the family. Emma does say ow (or something) at the beginning when Johnny accidentally steps on her foot, and he says “Sorry, Emma”.

      And if you listen very closely Johnny is singing at the end =)

  6. It looks like so much fun! Where I live, all the snow keeps on melting before it becomes packable. I did make a large snowball the other day, but it used just about all the snow in my yard. And then my dogs started eating it.

  7. Your children are so exceptionally cute!!! Beautiful pictures, love the video, and I think it is so nice you are going to give a snowman pic to your son’s teacher – how thoughtful!

  8. LUV LUV LUV LUV the pictures of the kids having such amazing good times. You’ve really captured the joy! (Sitting here in southern FL at the moment — air conditioning on ‘high’ I’m glad that I have those memories stored in my heart, from earlier adventures!)


    So glad to have had the opportunity to link-up!!

  9. Believe it or not we haven’t had enough snow in Chicago to even make a snowman this year! But I am not complaining! :D

    Loved the video!

    1. After all the snow we had last year, the light snow this year has been a relief! It was nice for the kids to get a snowman, though =)

  10. When I saw the snowman I thought “how picture perfect” and then when you said it was a snowman kit I thought “how cool and clever”. If we lived in snow I am sure my kids would use all my nice stuff to make a fancy snowman.

    Your backyard is huge, looks so perfect for energetic kids. I am sure if my kids saw that fort they would be all kinds of jealous.

  11. It’s amazing how different our weather is in the same state! Our snow was all gone by Monday. The kids had fun sledding that weekend but when they woke up on Monday, there was nothing left. That kit is a great gift!

    1. How strange! My sister is only 40 minutes away or so, and even she often has completely different weather from us, though.

      The snowman kit is awesome! I was so impressed when he got it at their winter party. Johnny has amazing teachers! =)

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