snowman holding shovel

Snow Shovel Race: Family Christmas Games

Looking for a quick and easy family game using simple items that you have lying around your house? Let’s bring the winter inside and have some family fun. The snow shovel race game will get everyone moving and work off some of that Christmas indulgence! If you are looking for more games like this, make sure you head to our Christmas game section where you will find some great family game ideas.

the snow shovel game


2 +

Prep time

5 mins

Playing time

10-15 mins

Energy Level


What You Need

  • Location:
  • Your Living Room

  • A Container: 
    something to collect the ‘snow balls’ in.
  • Cake Tins

  • OR Chocolate Tins/Boxes

  • OR A Large Bowl

  • OR A Saucepan

  • OR Improvise – use what you have!

  • Snow Shovels:
  • Spatulas

  • OR Spoons

  • Snowballs:
  • Cotton wool balls

  • OR Improvise – use what you have!

Top Tip:

You can choose which impliment to use based on the age of the user. Try something smaller and thinner for older children and adults, this will be more fair for the little ones!

snow shovel race game

How to Play

  • Game Set Up
  • Mark out your course – a straight line from one end of the room to the other is usually best. If you have a room with a door ‘in’ and ‘out’ you could play in a circuit.
  • Put the cake tins about 10ft away from the start position.
  • Empty your snowballs at the starting position.
  • When the start whistle goes you have to move your snowballs to the cake tin using only your snow shovel.
  • If you drop a snowball you must stop and take it back to the start line.
  • Playing with Little Ones
  • If you have smaller members of the family who might find it hard with cotton wool, you can use ping pong or tennis balls and spoons to make it much easier.
  • Playing in Teams
  • If there are a few of you – you can create a relay race so you take it in turns to deliver one snowball into your container, then the next person goes and so on.
  • The Winner
  • The first one to get all their snowballs into the cake tin without using their hands is the winner.
  • If you want to go more Christmassy and sparkle it up a bit, you could use your Santa stockings as your receptacle.

If you enjoyed playing this Christmas game don’t forget to tell us all about it! Tag us @theplayexperts or use #littleplayexpert or #bigplayexpert to share with everyone what you have been up to – we look forward to seeing how you get on!

man and woman wearing santa hats sitting on sofa popping a confetti surrounded by christmas trees