5 Snow Day Activities with Marshmallows

Pink playdough with marshmallows

Try these 5 snow day activities with marshmallows to keep your kids happy and entertained on any cold, snowy winter day!

If you live in the US you are likely aware of the crazy cold weather that we have been experiencing. The south is being hit with unusually cold weather and here in Northwest Ohio, we are experiencing one of our coldest, snowiest winters we’ve had in several years. Not that it compares to the polar vortex of 2014, but still…

It’s been pretty stinking cold.

So far, our kids have had a number of snow days and delays due to weather. In fact, they have yet to have a full week of school since before Christmas break. My kids are getting older and much more capable of keeping themselves entertained on a day off, but I like to help them out with a few ideas from time to time.

One thing that I always have on hand is a bag or two of marshmallows. It turns out that a simple bag of marshmallows can provide hours of entertainment on a cold, snowy day. During one of our latest snow days, A & C helped me make this cute new video featuring our favorite snow day activities using marshmallows!

Let your kids explore all of the structures they can build using a handful of marshmallows and some toothpicks! Try a variety of toothpick lengths to see what they can come up with.

Toothpicks and marshmallows on counter

Even big kids (aka – me) can have fun painting with marshmallows! I used acrylic paint, but you can use tempera or even experiment with watercolor. The nerdy art teacher in me took advantage of this activity to discuss pointillism, but obviously, that’s not required.

mini marshmallows dipped in paint and pressed on paper

Replace standard bingo markers with mini marshmallows! Check out these adorable Printable New Year’s Eve Bingo Cards from Campfire® to really embrace the wintery fun!

Bingo cards with mini marshmallows

This is shockingly fun! Marshmallow dough is quick to put together (see full instructions below) and fun to play with. It doesn’t last a long time and tends to harden up when it’s abandoned for a while (it’s about a 30 minute activity), but the kids had a blast playing with this marshmallow dough.

Pink marshmallow dough with mini marshmallows

I would be foolish not to include drinking good old fashioned hot chocolate in our list of activities! Need some recipes?? Try my stovetop cinnamon hot chocolate for a special treat.

Hot Chocolate with marshmallows
What are your favorite snow day activities?

For more winter ideas, be sure to try extra this chocolatey Nutella S’mores Fudge and this bright Unicorn Marshmallow Popcorn! For more fun and festive recipes and crafts go to CampfireMarshmallows.com and follow us on Pinterest!

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Blog post contributed by: Jelly Toast

Marshmallow Dough

prep time: 4 minutes
cook time: 1 minute


1 cup mini marshmallows
2-3 Tablespoons corn starch (or more if needed)
2 teaspoons coconut oil
3-4 drops food coloring (optional)


Place marshmallows, corn starch, and coconut oil in a microwave safe boil. Microwave on high for 30-60 seconds until marshmallows are puffed and coconut oil is melted. Add in food coloring and stir.

Sprinkle with more corn starch if needed to prevent sticking. Knead dough until stretchy and elastic. Enjoy!