With the Kids

Recycled Snow Scoop

My kids could play in the snow all day long… sledding, snow balling, and making tunnels! We’ve just made these fun Snow Scoops to aid them in their play!

Supplies for Gallon Jug Snow Scoops:

  • 1 gallon plastic jug, empty and dried out
  • scissors (adult needs to cut this)
  • permanent markers

Cut the plastic jug (an adult) about 1-2 inches up from the bottom. Then color the jug with permanent markers in any design they want. Use permanent markers or it may rub off with the wet snow.

Now let them play! And if you don’t have snow, these would make great Sand Scoops or Dirt Pile Scoops! OR try this darling bath time activity Water Whale Scoops by Teaching Tiny Tots.


  1. LOVE IT! I will be doing this with my son tomorrow! I think we might try it out this summer when we go to the lake, too. The kids love playing in the sand…we’ll see if the scoop can hold up to the heavy, wet sand! Thanks for the great tip!

  2. What a great idea! My sister loves doing crafts with my nephew; unfortunately, living in California doesn’t give her a lot of opportunities for this one, but I live seeing people spending quality time with their kids in ways like this. Bonus, it’s cheap! In this economy, less expensive is always better.

  3. I love it!! Never thought of this. We’ve used them for bailing water out of a dingy, but didn’t think of it for playing in the snow!! I’ve got a gallon jug in the recycling box right now…

  4. Great idea. Wish we had some snow to go with it! I might use a 1/2 gallon jug for my three year old. The boys would LOVE it if I would let them use this in the tub. Not sure my floors could handle it!

  5. great idea, we’ll try this! I have those kids that want to play in the snow, but don’t want their hands to get wet and cold! LOL Now they can scoop it, without actually touching it!

  6. I have to tell you this one just makes me sad…my kids have NEVER built a snowman that didn’t involve a bunch of grass and dirt…it is a sad world we live in…

    I know it’s really not that sad but I sure miss the snow!! TN doesn’t get enough for me!! And we still get stuck with the cold weather??? NOT FAIR!

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