Games to Play in Snow

Games to Play in Snow

Play tag as you normally would…but stepping only in others’ footprints.


  • Set up a baseball diamond with a mound of snow representing home plate and first, second and third bases.
  • Place an empty water bottle on the top of each mound.
  • The pitche stands in the middle of the diamond and hurls snowballs first at home plate, then around the bases.
  • Whoever knocks down the bottles with the fewest pitches wins.

Take some time to smooth out a fairway and a green. Take an open can and plant it in the snow–this is the hole.
For golf balls, use hockey pucks. For clubs, use hockey sticks or real golf clubs.

POWDER-PUFF FOOTBALL (Play out in the snow!)

  • All you need are two teams of three or more people to play, along with a spray bottle filled with a mix of water and food coloring to mark the playing field (a large rectangle with a centerline should suffice).
  • The teams line up at opposite ends of the field (the North and South poles) for a kickoff.
  • Once someone on the receiving team catches the ball, he tries to move it back across the defense’s goal line by running with it or passing it to a teammate.
  • Play stops if the person with the ball is tagged by an opponent or slides out of bounds.
  • The teams then face off again on the spot. After four tries, or a touchdown, the ball goes to the other team.
  • The game ends when either team gets cold.

Tie a white cloth to the end of a short stick. Give each child a chance to hide it by staking it anywhere within an area with boundaries. Note how long it takes for the rest of the group to find it. Whoever hid the flag with the group that took the longest time to find it wins the game!

Lightly pack a lot of basketball-size snowballs and then use them to build a course of hurdles to jump over in a round of  ‘Follow the Leader’.

ROPE SNOW TUG…. Have you ever tried TUG OF WAR in the snow?! Fun!!!

  • Team up for a slip-sliding variation of tug-of-war.
  • Tamp down a wide, shallow trench in the snow to serve as the mid line. Then, take up positions at the ends of a long, thick rope and let the tugging and towing begin.
  • Whichever team pulls the entire opposing group over to its side of the trench wins.
    WE have a winter Olympics and this is one of the things we do! Frodo/Colorado

As Frodo mentions above…Have an Olympics day  with many of the activities on KidActivities. Snow hurdles, Tug of War, Relay races, etc.

Have you ever tried using ‘Hula Hoops’ all bundled up in winter clothing? Have a contest to see who can last the longest!

What fun in the winter-time!
Play this just as yu would indoors and any other time of the year. The person who is ‘It’ tags somene; that person stays frozen until another player tags him/her again to ‘unfreeze’ them.

In the winter– kids (and adults) like to throw snowballs. PLACE A SNOWBALL TARGET in a conspicuous place where it’s fine to throw snowballs. Make sure rules are established so no one gets hurt. It’s a great source of exercise for all kids, even those that are not athletically inclined. (This is also a good way to get the snowballs directed a ‘safe’ spots and not at other kids!)

No snow? Roll up those ‘saved” pieces of white paper and pretend they’re snowballs!

Similar to the above…HIT THE TARGET
Make a target by creating a bright circle in the snow with colored water in a squirt bottle.

Good for older Kids!
First mound up snow to create three bases and a pitcher’s mound–the three mound piles should each be about 2 feet high and 20 feet apart. Next, build a tin can pyramid on each base. The challenge is to knock down the stacks in order–from first to third base by throwing snowballs from the pitcher’s mound. The child who succeeds with the fewest pitches wins.


Build a plump, snowman in the yard/play-field. Make a game of taking turns trying to land a hat on his head by throwing it Frisbee style from 10 or so feet away.

Pair up for a contest in which the object is to finish with the biggest snowball. The contest ends when the teams can no longer roll their entries or when you run out of snow.

Freeze colored water in ice cube trays.  Hide them outdoors for a wintertime SCAVENGER HUNT.

You’ll Need: Snow boots, Winter clothes

  • This tough-to-master version of follow the leader requires 2 or more players. The leader makes a path in freshly fallen snow.
  • His or her teammates must try to step in exactly the same spots.
  • The object of the game is to make it seem as if only one person has taken a walk through the snow.
  • Can you pull it off? It takes balance and agility! Be sure to bundle up to stay warm and dry.

WINTER TAG (NATIVE INDIAN) 5 or more players, ages 5 and up, played outdoors in the winter.

Players prepare the course for the game, consisting of a maze of parts in the snow over a field or ice. The parts should be wide enough for one person to run on, about one meter wide.

What follows is a simple game of tag played in lanes in the snow. Players must stay on the paths always, but the person who is ‘it’ may jump from path to path in pursuit of his opponents.

This imaginative modification of tag in the winter could lead players to inventing their own unique games for the winter season.  Source: Thunder Bay Multicultural Association