Children learn and explore their world through their five senses. A great way to engage kids’ senses is through sensory play. Snow sensory play is so fun during the cold winter months, a great addition to other winter activities for preschoolers.

Let’s put together some sensory snow play!

Snow sensory bin for preschoolers

There are so many snow sensory activities to do in the winter months. What do you do when it’s too cold to get out in the snow? You bring the snow inside!

Fill a large, plastic bin or sensory table with snow and let kids play and explore! The best part is that this sensory play is appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers!

Easy snow sensory bin for preschoolers

Sensory Table Ideas for Winter


  • Dig and scoop
  • Use pipettes to add color
  • fill containers and pour
Easy snow sensory bin for preschoolers

Why Is Sensory Play Important?

Kid love to explore and get messy! Here are some other great reasons to incorporate sensory play into your preschooler’s day.

Fine Motor Skills

This bin is perfect for fine motor sensory play! Kids can use scoops, spoons, bowls, cups & more to work fine motor muscles.

Hand-Eye Coordination

This fine motor sensory activity is great for kids to work on simple actions like pouring from one container to another.

Open-Ended Play

Kids will use their imagination to come up with their own fun. You just provide the tools like spoons, cups & scoops as well as loose parts or figures.

Develop Creativity

Adding decorative pieces will let kids get creative building and decorating in the snow.

Easy snow sensory bin for preschoolers

Putting Together the Snow Sensory Bin

Bring some real snow inside and start playing! Kids will love venturing outside to collect the snow with you.

Wondering how to make snow for sensory play? A sensory bin with snow is fun and there is no need to miss out if you don’t get snow. Just make some! Use 3 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup of conditioner and mix.

Add a science component with color mixing for your preschooler! Mixing colors in preschool is an early introduction to science experiments. Use watered down primary colors and watch as kids discover what colors go together to make secondary colors.

Other Ways to Use the Winter Sensory Bin:

Make Winter Soup

Provide pom poms, cotton balls, snowflake table scatter, gems and more and let kids play in a winter-themed kitchen.

Add Winter Animals

Use arctic & Antarctic animals to set up a fun small world for open-ended play

Build a Snowman!

Add loose parts and let kids sculpt and mold their own snowman.

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