Sometimes when it's too cold to go outside, you have to bring the elements in! My two year old is obsessed with trucks and has been for a long time. We used a square sensory bin to make a snow site and added in various sized construction vehicles.
To engage my younger toddler, 1 year old, I added in stacking cups in various sizes to fill and dump to create snow castles and boxes.
One thing that's great to focus on for this activity is filling and dumping. And if you have a toddler, you know that they love dumping. The cups provide a productive way to fill that's fun for all ages.
Top 5 Takeaways
Dramatic Play--Children can pretend to be the trucks and drive in the snow, use small figures to be people, and create a scene. Let your child take on various roles.
Math skills--Use new terms like full and empty, heavy and light, big and small, large and small, cold and hot.
Opposites--My older toddler is very into opposites so I use the terms above to expand his knowledge and build on what he knows to have him learn more.
Sensory--Obviously snow is a great sensory item that is seasonal and great to use for all kinds of play.
Cooperative play--I had both of my kids do this activity together and learning to take turns, share items when they wanted, play with one another, is beyond beneficial.