The 9 Best Snow Toys for Kids of 2019

Make the most out of your backyard winter wonderland

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First Look

Best Overall: Ideal Sno Toys Sno-Art Kit at Amazon

"Kids can make colorful creations in the snow."

Best Budget: Toysmith Dress A Snowman Kit at Walmart

"For the best-dressed snowman on the block."

Best for Forts: Flexible Flyer Snow Fort Building Kit at Amazon

"They're sturdy and make fort-building a snap."

Best Snowshoes: Lucky Bums Youth and Adult Snowshoes at Amazon

"Easy to put on and make walking in the snow fun for kids."

Best for Toddlers: Flexible Flyer Baby Pull Sled at Amazon

"Made for little ones, who can sit back and relax as they're pulled."

Best for Older Kids: GeoSpace Original LED Ski Skooter at Amazon

"Even works on carpet, so they can use it all year long."

Best Snowball Maker: Paricon Kids Snowball Maker at Amazon

"Makes perfectly round 3-inch snowballs."

Best for Pretend Play: Yeti Snow Mold at L.L. Bean

"Makes for fun, unique snow play."

Best Snow Tube: GoFloats Winter Snow Tube at Amazon

"Strong enough to hold kids and adults alike."

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Ideal Sno Toys Sno-Art Kit

So, we all know yellow snow is a no-go, but when it comes to creating blue, red, and green snow, we give it a resounding yes. This Sno-Art Kit contains three Sno-Markers and two Sno-molds (a star and a snowman), so kids can make colorful creations in the snow. To use, you mix the snow-marker packs with warm water, then shake and they're ready to go. 

This kit offers a fun and unique way for kids to play in the snow. The ink doesn’t last forever, but while it does, it makes for some truly unique snow creations.

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Best Budget: Toysmith Dress A Snowman Kit

Snowman kit

Toysmith

 

For the most dapper snowman on the block, there’s this Dress Your Own Snowman kit. It includes everything Frosty needs like button eyes, a carrot nose, hat, pipe, and more, all of which are sturdy enough to be used over and over again throughout the years. It’s recommended for ages 3 and up and provides fun for the whole family.

Need more ideas? Check out our roundup of the best Christmas toys for kids.

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Best for Forts: Flexible Flyer Snow Fort Building Kit

Flexible Flyer Snow Fort Building Kit

Courtesy of Amazon 

To help kids build the coolest snow fort on the block, there’s this building kit. It features three snow molds, including a large block, a medium brick, and a castle tower mold to create snowy works of art as big as their imagination. When temperatures rise, these molds do double duty at the beach where they can build amazing sand creations. They’re easy to store too—they fit inside one another and weigh just about three pounds.

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Best Snowshoes: Lucky Bums Youth and Adult Snowshoes

A good pair of snowshoes, like these from Lucky Bums, helps kids set off on all sorts of snow-packed adventures. These are made with lightweight aluminum frames, and they have adjustable bindings. The range includes several sizes, the largest of which can hold people up to 175 pounds. They also come with a travel bag, so they’re easy to take on the go.

5

Best for Toddlers: Flexible Flyer Baby Pull Sled

Let it snow, let it snow, so they can go on this fun wooden Baby Boggan. From Flexible Flyer, it’s made for little ones, who can sit back and relax as mom and dad pull them through the winter wonderland with the attached rope. The wide base keeps things stable, and a backrest makes for a comfy and supportive ride. A cushioned pad is sold separately for even more comfort. Bonus: Parents get a workout from pulling it through the snow. 

Looking for more options? Read our article on the best active toys for toddlers.

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Best for Older Kids: GeoSpace Original LED Ski Skooter

Geospace LED Scooter

 Courtesy of Amazon

They’ll be the coolest kid on the snow hills with this fold-up snowboard and scooter. Just push off with one foot, and off you go. It’s just like a regular scooter, only this one doesn’t use wheels, but rather skims along on the snow. It also works on grass, sand, and even carpet, so they can use it all year long. An LED light on the handle helps with visibility in darker conditions, and it's adjustable to fit kids and teens of all sizes. Designed for ages 6 and up, it will hold riders up to 220 pounds. 

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Best Snowball Maker: Paricon Kids Snowball Maker

Wham-O Snowball Blaster
Wham-O

Ready, aim, fire! Snowball making is faster than ever with this snowball maker. In less than two seconds flat, you can make perfectly round 3-inch snowballs that are ready to soar through the air. Made of tough plastic, it can also be used to make balls of sand at the beach. 

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Best for Pretend Play: Yeti Snow Mold

Yeti Snow Mold

 Courtesy of LL Bean

Move over, Frosty. Every house on the block may have a snowman when the flakes start falling, but only a special few will have snow Yetis. This mold from L.L. Bean lets kids easily create 18-inch high snow replicas of this legendary creature. For even more fun, they can add food coloring to the snow to create Yetis in all sorts of colors. 

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Best Snow Tube: GoFloats Winter Snow Tube

Who wouldn’t want to coast down a snowy hill atop a colorful unicorn? This snow tube is 45 inches wide and strong enough to hold kids and adults alike. A rapid-inflate valve means it’s ready to hit the snow almost immediately out of the box. Two built-in handles will help you stay on when you start flying down those hills. If unicorns aren’t your thing, you can also choose from other fun animal models including an ice dragon, polar bear, penguin, or flamingo.

Take a peek at our roundup of the best ride-on toys for kids.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular snow toys on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different snow toys overall, screened options from 20 different brands and manufacturers, read over 150 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 1 of the snow toys themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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