The 18 Best Snow Toys for a Fun-Filled Winter

Our favorite picks from Big Mouth, Waterline Toys, L.L. Bean Kids, and more

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Truly, few things are more fun than playing in the snow, riding down the hill on your favorite sled, and building a snowman. With this in mind, having some good snow toys on hand is a great way to encourage physical play outdoors.

We've performed hours of research to only recommend products you'll use over and over this winter, considering the recommended age, material, intended use, and weight capacity of each pick. Our favorites include a durable snow tube from Big Mouth, a wintery chemistry set from Crayola, and a light-up scooter from Geospace designed for the snow.

Here, the best snow toys for a fun-filled winter.

Our Top Picks

Holady Snow and Sand Molds

Holady Snow and Sand Molds
What We Like
  • Durable material

  • Doubles as a sand mold in the summer

What We Don't Like
  • Hinges may be flimsy and require tightening

With these easy-to-use molds, children can create an entire display of snow sculptures that will rival your neighbors’ holiday lights and blow-ups. Included are three plastic molds to build a snowman, penguin, or bear that stand roughly under 7 inches each. You can even bring the molds out again during the summer months to build sand sculptures.

Price at time of publish: $13.99

Dimensions: 6.49 x 4.33 x 8.67 inches | Material: ABS Plastic | Age Range: 5 years and up

Kess.co Ice Ball 3-Pack

Ice Balls 3-Pack
What We Like
  • Promotes active outdoor play

  • Variety of uses

  • Can be used year-round

What We Don't Like
  • If they break, you’ll have quite a mess

Not every snow toy has to involve, well, snow. “The icy look adds wintry fun to a game of catch,” Laurie Schacht, the President and Chief Toy Officer of Adventure Media says. “Kids can also throw them against the ground to marvel at how high they can bounce.” This is a great snow toy for kids who live in areas that get more snow dustings than snow storms.

Dimensions: 4 inches | Material: Not listed |Age Range: 5 years and up

Hoopla Toys Snowball Thrower

snow ball thrower

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Achieve the perfect snowball

  • Doubles as launcher

  • Rubberized handle

  • Two throwers included

What We Don't Like
  • Some report grip handle sliding off but easily reattaches.

This unique snowball maker is easy to use for perfect cartoon-like snowballs! Kids of all ages will enjoy the added ability to use it as a launcher. This is a must-have toy for snowball fights! It can be used with fresh powder snow or slush.

Dimensions: 15.5 x 6.1 x 3.2 inches | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 4 years and up

SportsStuff Monsta Trax Snowshoes

Airhead Monsta Trax Snowshoes

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy-on and -off adjustable bindings

  • Raised toes and high-traction soles prevent falls

What We Don't Like
  • Monster footprint may not always be visible

Traditional snowshoes may be a little difficult for small children to manage, but these Monsta Trak shows are built for fun and function. Featuring easy-on and -off adjustable bindings with fast click buckles that fit most snow boots, these shoes will provide hours of creative fun for your little snow monster.

Dimensions: 14 x .5 inches | Material: Polymer | Age Range: 5 years and up | Weight Capacity: Up to 80 lbs

What We Like
  • Helps make snowballs quickly

  • Can be used by younger children as well

What We Don't Like
  • Snow needs to be “just right” to form balls

If snowball fights are a neighborhood tradition, you want to make sure your child has the best battle gear. This launcher from Wham-O sends snowballs up to 150 feet, which is fun to watch even if you aren’t in the midst of a fight. It also includes a built-in snowball maker so kids can quickly prepare their ammo.

Dimensions: ‎19 x 15 x 7 inches | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 8 years and up

Funboy Nordic Snow Sleigh Sled - 2 Pack

Funboy Sleighs

Funboy

What We Like
  • Design holds up to 2 riders

  • Dual handles for easy downhill grip

  • Withstands -25 degrees

  • Family-owned and operated USA-based company

What We Don't Like
  • No breaking or steering

Seasoned snow day enthusiasts know the challenges of hauling heavy sleds up a hill for maximum adrenaline-filled fun. This quick-to-inflate inflatable sleigh is easy to haul with a pull rope. Adult riders are welcome on this air-cushioned ride! Fashioned from thicker and more durable materials, its innovative oversized design boasts a 250 lbs. weight capacity! Rubber runners with directional grooves offer improved performance and durability on uneven terrain. After a full day of winter fun, there is an easy deflate valve for easy storage.

Dimensions: 61" Long | Material: K-80 snow vinyl | Age Range:8+

Big Mouth Giant Snowman Snow Tube

Big Mouth Giant Snowman Snow Tube
What We Like
  • Comfortable grip handles

  • Doubles as a pool float in the summer

What We Don't Like
  • Air pump not included

Snow tubes are a winter must-have, but some can bust easily and be awfully uncomfortable. Fortunately, Big Mouth solves both of those problems. Made of thick, durable PVC vinyl, customers rave about the tube’s ability to take on tough terrain without it popping or you feeling every bump. Just note, you will need your own pump to inflate this pick.

If a snowman isn't your style, there are 21 other styles to choose from—including pizza, corgi, and magical rainbow. The tube is around three feet wide, so it can fit riders of multiple ages and sizes. Unlike other tubes, this one easily deflates for easy storage during off-months.

The PVC vinyl construction is not only durable, but also easy to wipe down in case of mud or dirt. Bring this tube to any hill this winter for hours of safe, yet exciting fun.

Dimensions: 43.7 x 37.2 x 11 inches | Material: PVC vinyl | Age Range: 8 and up | Weight Capacity: Not listed

L.L.Bean Kids' Pull Sled and Cushion Set

LL Bean Kids' Pull Sled and Cushion Set

 Courtesy of LL Bean

What We Like
  • Durable material makes it last longer

  • Attached rope for easy pulling

What We Don't Like
  • More expensive than other pull sleds

Made of high-quality hardwood, this durable sled is meant to last across multiple generations, making it worth the higher price tag. This version comes with a cushion set to provide extra comfort during a long ride, but the sleds can also be purchased without them. The only downside is the lack of a safety belt, which makes it less than ideal for kids who can’t hold themselves up just yet.

Dimensions: 31 x 14.5 x 13 inches or 39.25 x 17 x 13 inches | Material: Kiln-dried hardwood construction |

Age Range: 2 years and up

Create A Castle Sand or Snow Castle Split Mold Set

Create a castle

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Incredible castle quality once molds are removed

  • Can be used year-round

What We Don't Like
  • Snow needs to be “just right” to form structures

Castles aren’t just for the sand. With these easy-to-use molds that come in a variety of sizes, you can create an entire kingdom that Elsa would be happy to reign over. Recently redesigned, the sturdy plastic molds each have dual, easy-open hinges for better castle making.

Dimensions: 13 x 11.5 x 7.25 inches | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 6 years and up

L.L. Bean Snowman Family Kit

snowman kit

L.L. Bean

What We Like
  • Solid Wood

  • Comes in reusable canvas bag for easy storage

  • Kit includes 26 pieces

What We Don't Like
  • Not suitable for kids under 3 years of age

This kit comes with everything you need to build the perfect snowman minus the snow! Each piece has a wooden dowel in the back for added security. The solid wood is sealed for added protection from the elements.

Dimensions: varies | Material: Solid wood | Age Range: 3 years and up

Crayola Arctic Color Chemistry Set

Crayola Arctic Color Chemistry Set
What We Like
  • Promotes outdoor and STEM play

  • Great group or individual activity

What We Don't Like
  • Some experiments require non-included items

Who says you can’t learn in the snow? The kit’s science projects, which utilize safe and non-toxic materials, are designed by real Crayola scientists. But don’t worry—they’re easy enough for kids to follow. “The kit blends educational fun and creativity, fostering a love of science by providing a hands-on experience kids will enjoy,” Schacht says.

Dimensions: 2.5 x 15 x 11 inches | Material: Plastic, non-toxic chemicals | Age Range: 7 years and up

L.L.Bean Sonic Snow Tube

L.L.Bean Sonic Snow Tube

Courtesy of L.L.Bean

Why We Like It
  • Great for heavy duty use

  • Comes in multiple colors and designs

  • Comes in two sizes: regular and extra-large

Why We Don't Like It
  • Must be inflated with air compressor for maximum design capability

This heavy-duty tube is a long-term investment in outdoor fun! The design features a durable plastic bottom, an inner tube, and a protective slip for added comfort. The manufacturer recommends inflating the inner tube with a compressor rather than a foot or hand pump.

Dimensions: 34" outside diam. x 10"H (Regular) | Material: Polyester, heavy-duty butyl rubber, semi-rigid polyethylene, and nylon webbing | Weight Capacity: Not Listed | Age Range: 5 years and up

Geospace Original LED Ski Skooter

Geospace Original LED Ski Skooter

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Board flexes slightly for a smooth ride

  • Sturdy material provides support for rider and improves longevity

What We Don't Like
  • Handle may fall down if not properly secured

Easy to ride and super durable, this ski scooter is an upgrade from the traditional toboggan or sled. By using a handle, younger children can learn proper balance before upgrading to a snowboard. Also, the LED light at the top of the handle provides max visibility and safety. Speaking of, make sure your child is wearing a helmet and protective padding when riding.

Dimensions: 36 x 9.75 x 31 inches | Material: Polyurethane | Age Range: 6 years and up | Weight Capacity: Up to 220 lbs

Reeves International The Big Dig Sandbox Digger Excavator Crane

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Sand toy digger

Reeves International

 

What We Like
  • Easy to assemble

  • Can be used year-round

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for people with limited yard space

Your little one can turn a day of snow into a day on the construction site with this easy-to-use digger. Schacht says this is a favorite among kids, as it allows them to dig up to 15 feet while rotating 360 degrees on their seat. Parents love that it’s easy to put together and store.

What Testers Say

"Our 3-year-old loved this toy, and we loved how much it engaged his muscles and imagination."—Katie Begley, Product Tester

Dimensions: 21.5 x 19.3 x 5.2 inches | Material: Plastic and metal | Age Range: 3 to 8 years | Weight Capacity: Up to 110 lbs

Gizmo Riders Stratos Snow Bobsled

Gizmo Riders Stratos Snow Bobsled

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Sturdy structure

  • Retracting tow rope makes it easy to transport

What We Don't Like
  • Works best on fresh snow

“The Gizmo Riders Stratos Snow Bobsled is a hoot,” Schact says. “Kids will love flying down the hill with their friend or sibling beside them—you’ll never get them back in the house.” Thanks to many safety features, including easy-to-control steering, breaks, and anti-slip seating, parents can rest assured that kids will be protected as they ride. Of course, to keep them extra safe, make sure all riders are wearing a helmet.

Dimensions: 38.58 x 22.05 x 9.06 inches | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 3 and up (with adult supervision for younger children) | Weight Capacity: Up to 250 lbs

Cra-Z-Art The Original Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine

The Original Snoopy Sno-cone Machine
What We Like
  • Easy to assemble and put together

  • Can be used year-round

What We Don't Like
  • May be difficult to grind ice cubes in the non-snow months

If your kid is going to eat snow, you might as well make it taste good. This classic Snoopy-themed sno cone machine is loved among kids and adults, making it a great family activity. Each machine includes three paper cups and one flavor mix, but more can be purchased separately.

Dimensions: 11.5 x 11.5 x 3.5 inches | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 3 years and up

Waterline Toys Skim n Score

Waterline Toys Skim n Score
What We Like
  • Individual or group play

  • Can be used in pools or lakes during the summer

What We Don't Like
  • Younger children may struggle to manipulate the disc

Jennifer Lynch, Content Developer for the Toy Association has deemed this one of her favorite toys of the season: “It can be played like curling, but without the ice,” she says. She explains that Skim 'n Score is an innovative new disc toy that skips, skims, slides, and jumps across all types of surfaces—including snow. Great for individual or group play, this is a great way to turn your yard in a winter Olympic setting.

Dimensions: 39 x 28 inches | Material: Polyurethane | Age Range: 3 and up

FNDN Flask Winter Gloves

FNDN Flask Winter Gloves
What We Like
  • Gloves are comfortable and warm

  • Touchscreen tips make it easy to use phone while wearing

What We Don't Like
  • Fit is on the smaller side

For adults only, each of the waterproof gloves features a collapsible, hands-free 10-ounce flask to hold the liquid of your choice. Of course, if you chose to fill with booze, you shouldn’t wear them during winter activities that require focus, such as snowboarding or skiing.

Dimensions: Varies based on size | Material: Silicone | Age Range: 21 and up

What to Look for in Snow Toys

Recommended Age

Like most other toys, snow toys come with age ratings to guide you to the most appropriate match for your little ones. Pay extra attention to this, perhaps more so than you would for other toys, as the age range can affect safety and performance. You wouldn't want a toddler playing with a toy meant for older kids, and you wouldn't want a tween bored by a toddler toy.

“If the packaging says it’s made for kids ages 8 and up, it’s because it’s not appropriate for children younger than that age,” Schacht says.

Weight Capacity

When it comes to sleds, boards, and scooters, Schacht says it's crucial to pay attention to weight capacity. The reason: safety. If a child is too light or too heavy, they may not have the stability needed to control their ride.

Material and Construction

To make it through the winter, and hopefully many winters after that, snow toys need to be extra durable, as they're often thrown around in harsh, cold, windy conditions. The more heavy duty the material, the better. Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with plastic toys, even if they aren’t specified as snow toys. “Plastic beach toys, such as buckets and spades, or kitchen toys like spoons and cups all make great tools for scooping, pouring, digging, and building with the snow,” Dr. Amanda Gummer, a neuropsychologist and founder of Good Play Guide tells The Spruce.

Intended Use

While all of the above snow toys are perfect for backyards and sledding hills, be conscious of where the winter toys you're considering are meant to be used. Some, like ski scooters and boards, are intended solely for the slopes. Depending on your kids' ages and skill level, you might want to stick closer to home. (This works better for days you're snowed in anyway).

Also, think about what your child likes to do when there isn’t snow on the ground. “Parents should take into consideration a child’s interests, such as whether they prefer crafts to sports or vice versa,” Lynch tells The Spruce. 

FAQ
  • Are snow toys safe?

    Both Schacht and Lynch note that all toys in the United States go through safety testing and must meet U.S. safety standards before they are allowed to be on shelves. That said, purchasing from a well-known mass retailer or your local neighborhood store further ensures the toy’s safety.

    “There are dangerous counterfeit toys and third-party sellers in online marketplaces that often do not comply with the product safety regulations and put kids at risk,” Lynch explains. “Make sure to do your due diligence. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

  • When's the best time to buy snow toys to ensure the best deal and selection?

    Schacht says there are two times of year to stock up on snow gear. The first is just as the winter season sets in. And if you know snow is coming your way, keep an eye on local businesses. “Sometimes, retailers will have impromptu sales if there’s a storm on the horizon, so that’s another great time to check for staples like sleds, tubes, and snow brick makers.” You should also check out clearance aisles at the very end of the season to stock up for the following year or replace toys that may be past their prime.

  • How should you store snow toys in the off season?

    If you don’t properly store your snow toys during the warmer months, you may not be able to use them again next winter. To start, Schacht says all toys should be wiped down with a rag and fully dried before moving indoors. Additionally, all inflatables need to be thoroughly deflated and folded appropriately. Once clean, you can move your toys to the appropriate storage area.

    “While indoor toys do fine in a toy box, larger outdoor toys like these do well in an outdoor storage box, shed, or garage,” Schacht says. Additionally, she suggests you “keep these playthings away from any area that may get wet underneath.” This will prevent mold and mildew from forming on the toys, making them unusable.

Why Trust The Spruce?

For this article, Leah Rocketto, a writer who has spent years covering parenting content with a focus on kids’ toys, performed hours of research on products and consulted Laurie Schacht, Jennifer Lynch, and Dr. Amanda Gummer. Schacht, the President and Chief Toy Officer of Adventure Media, has spent more than 20 years evaluating and selecting the top toys on the market. Lynch is the Content Developer for the Toy Association, and works to ensure that all toys promote safe, positive play. Dr. Gummer, a neuropsychologist and founder of Good Play Guide, is considered the U.K.’s go-to expert on play, toys and child development.

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