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Let It Snow

Mary J. Davis

Bring on the white stuff with an avalanche of 20 free children's ministry activities and ideas for kids, families, and teachers...

snowstormWhether kids live in the north, south, east, or west, they all have one thing in common--they love snow! Kids dream of an icy-cold white blanket to dig in, roll in, mold, throw, and even eat!

So we've taken those snow-white dreams and given you 20 ideas to help kids learn about Jesus with a blizzard of games, crafts, treats, and more!

GAMES

Snowman Bowling

Age Level: Elementary ages

Materials: 10 white plastic foam cups of any size per child, black markers, and beanbags or small balls

Give each child 10 white plastic foam cups and a black marker. Have the children draw snowman faces on each cup. Then show the children how to arrange the cups in a 10-pin bowling pattern. Use beanbags or small balls for bowling balls. The children may each take their bowling sets home.

Snowman Stacking Game

Age Level: All ages

Materials: White plastic foam cups of any size, and a timer

Form teams, and give each team a package of white plastic foam cups. Have each team work together to make as tall a pyramid of the cups as possible. Use a timer to increase the game's pace and fun.

Snowsock Toss

Age Level: Elementary ages

Materials: White socks, cotton stuffing, yarn, and buckets

Have each child stuff a sock with cotton and tie the sock with yarn in two or three places. Children may toss their snowsock into a bucket for a game or play catch. The shape formed by tying the sock in several places makes it harder to control the direction the sock is tossed.

Snowshoe Races

Age Level: Elementary ages

Materials: Six to eight facial tissue boxes

Children will put their feet inside two tissue boxes, then race on a smooth surface. To play, have three or four children race at a time. 

Snowboard Relays

Age Level: All ages

Materials: Flattened cardboard boxes, scissors, and thick rope about 4 feet long for each snowboard

Make snowboards from flattened cardboard boxes. Poke two holes in one end of each box, then thread a length of thick rope through the holes and tie the ends of the rope together.

Form two even teams, and give each team a snowboard. Team members take turns sitting on the snowboard, while the team captain pulls the person from start to finish across the floor. When all the teammates have reached the finish line, the relay is finished. 

Melting Snowball

Age Level: Preschool to kindergarten

Materials: A white ball, and a beanbag or white paper bag stuffed with paper

Arrange the children in a circle. Play this game like Hot Potato. Have children pass the "snowball" quickly around the circle so it won't stay in their hands too long and "melt."

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