There are few things I like less than being cold. That’s why you’ll find me wrapped up cozily in a blanket by the fire watching from the window while my husband takes one for the team and plays outside with our kids in the snow.
With a long winter ahead where we live, we’re all about the toys that will keep the kiddos playing and having fun outside in the snow instead of sitting in front of a screen (mom hack: sand toys also work great in the snow). Though, to be honest, we do a lot of screen time around here too. No shame in that game.
If you’re hoping to help your kids enjoy some outdoor time, we’ve rounded up toys and gear you and your kids will love to play outside all winter long.
Turn winter weather into arts and crafts with these different colored snow markers. No need to build a snowman—now, you can draw one!
for ages 5+
Get your kids into snowshoeing with these fun snow stompers, which will leave tracks in the snow like monsters or bears. They're easy to strap onto boots or shoes and will keep your little ones above deep snow.
Sometimes, shaping snowballs and snowmen can mean very cold hands. Avoid the chill with these super fun snowball molds (that come with dinosaur, duck, penguin, bear, snowmen, and soccer ball shapers) which can also be used for sand in the summer.
For kids who impress with their LEGO skills indoors, this snow castle mold makes the perfect gift for snow and sand. Stack these molds high on top of each other for an impressive snow tower.
For families who are always down for some friendly competition, this snow ball maker is an essential. Snowball fights just got way more fun... or way more intense.
Have a kiddo who loves to build? With this handy set, making forts and towers out of snow bricks has never been easier (and it's perfect for sand castles in the summer, too!).
Even your tiniest snow lovers can get in on the sledding fun with this ultra safe, stable, and comfortable pull sled that's built with a strap and cradled seating.
Everyone remembers their first sleigh, so make your little one's just as special with this adorable baby sleigh with a pull rope. The curved back rest makes it comfortable and safe.
for ages 18 months to 4 years
Every kid dreams of being able to catch the bubbles they blow, and now they finally can! These bubbles are made with a special liquid that makes them resistant to popping until they're completely frozen—it's pretty much magic.
Get ready to have the best looking snowman on the block with this decorating kit that gives every accessory and piece you need for a snowman straight out of a holiday movie!
For kids who are already winter weather pros, this racing steerable snow sled makes the perfect gift. With built-in hand brakes for speed control, this sled is built for some steep hills.
for ages 3+
If you love to sled as much as your kid does (who doesn't miss careening down snowy hills at top speeds?!) then this two person sled is a great gift for your family.
for ages 4+
Have a rink nearby to introduce little ones to ice skating? These adjustable skates will grown with your kids. Available in toddler and little kid sizes.
more colors available
Scootering is the new sledding, and this snow scooter is sure to delight the most loyal of Razor fans. The handle folds down for easy storage.
for ages 4+
For kids who are interested in snowboarding but may not be quite ready to strap in, this snow skate makes an incredible gift. Plus, it has an adjustable handle for tricks.
for ages 6+
An investment for many winters of fun, this highly-rated and often sold-out snow tube is a family favorite!
multiple patterns available
Soar down snowy hills in this funky sleigh that is just as fun to use as it looks.
If you're looking to take your snowball fight to the next level, look no further. This hefty gadget can launch multiple balls at a time all the way across the yard for the battle of a lifetime.
You don't have go all the way out to the slopes to get your ski on. These little kid's skis from Lucky Bums are perfect for backyard play or some light cross country skiing. Plus, the bindings of these ski toys can easily strap right on to snow boots!
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated for timeliness.