120 Winter Words to Keep Kids' Vocabularies Crisp All Season

Our winter word list is sure to help kids nail everything from holiday card notes and back-from-break essays to winter journals and cold-weather poetry.

Published January 8, 2024
Girl lies on the floor near the Christmas tree and writes on a notepad

When the first snowfall feels months away, fill your icy daydreams with the crispy, frosty delight of winter words. From making snow angels to downing hot cocoa loaded with marshmallows, these are the perfect words that describe what makes living in a winter wonderland so worth it.

Winter Activity Words to Fill the Season With Fun

Break out your ice skates, skis, and pitching arms because we’re hitting you with a flurry of winter activity words.

Happy children sculpting funny snowman together with parents in winter
  • Bobsledding
  • Caroling
  • Ice fishing
  • Ice hockey
  • Ice skating
  • Luging
  • Skiing
  • Sledding
  • Snow angels
  • Snowball
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowman
  • Snowmobiling
  • Toboggan
  • Tubing

Related: Sledding Quotes to Caption the Fun All Season 

Quick Tip

There are tons of ways to use the winter word list printable above. Give kids words from each list to craft a story, poem, or journal entry, or use it for a practice spelling bee. You can even use it to act out charades as a family when it's too cold to go outside! 

Prep for the Winter Weather With These Frosty Words

When Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, you're probably hunkered down under a mountain of blankets waiting for that early morning snow day email. But there’s more to the winter season than wind and snow! Get ready for winter weather through the words that describe it.

Girl outside playing in the snow
  • Black ice
  • Blizzard
  • Chill
  • Cold front
  • Cold snap
  • Freezing Rain
  • Frost
  • Hail
  • Ice
  • Icicle
  • Polar Vortex
  • Sleet
  • Slush
  • Snow
  • Snowflakes
  • Snowstorm
  • Wind chill
  • Windy
Fast Fact

Winter officially starts on December 21st or 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere and July 21st or 22nd in the Southern Hemisphere. This is known as the winter solstice, the moment when the Earth's poles are tilted the farthest away from the sun. 

Related: Snow Day Activities Kids Will Love 

Explore Winter in the Wilds Through These Words

You don’t need to scale Mount Everest or voyage to the South Pole to explore the winter wilderness. Get a taste for the winter animals and habitats that come out in winter with this exciting vocab.

Emperor Penguin
  • Arctic
  • Arctic fox
  • Avalanche
  • Caribou
  • Elk
  • Evergreen
  • Glacier
  • Hibernation
  • Migration
  • Moose
  • Penguin
  • Pinecone
  • Polar bear
  • Reindeer
  • Snow leopard
  • Tundra

Winter Clothing Words to Keep You Warm & Cozy

If there's one mission parents have in the winter, it's keeping their kids warm. The piles of sweaters, coats, and gloves might seem like overkill, until the kids come home with one mitten and their outer coat missing. Prep your end-of-year wardrobe with these winter words that’ll keep you warm and cozy.

Young woman in woolly hat under snowfall
  • Balaclava
  • Beanie
  • Cape
  • Coat
  • Earmuffs
  • Flannel
  • Fleece
  • Gloves
  • Mittens
  • Muff
  • Scarf
  • Sherpa
  • Snow boots
  • Socks
  • Sweater
  • Thermals
  • Tights
  • Turtleneck
  • Wool

Related: Weird & Wonderful Winter Animal Facts for Kids 

Have Your Fill of These Winter Food & Drink Words

Although kids and the kitchen don’t always mix, they can still make their contributions this year by adding their own ingredients or dishes to the holiday menu. From mounds of marshmallows to candy canes galore, there are sure to be multiple grocery trips in the future.

Candy canes
  • Apple cider
  • Candy canes
  • Chestnut
  • Cinnamon
  • Cranberry
  • Eggnog
  • Figgy pudding
  • Fruit cake
  • Gingerbread
  • Gingersnaps
  • Hot chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Panettone
  • Peppermint
  • Soup
  • Sparkling cider
  • Stew
  • Sugar cookies
  • Sugarplum
  • Tea

Winter Wonderland Adjectives to Perfectly Capture the Season's Magic

A wordsmith knows that precision is the name of the game when you’re describing something. Help your kiddos capture the winter wonderland better than any photograph with these adjectives.

Happy mother and daughter enjoying winter
  • Aglitter
  • Angelic
  • Bitter
  • Blistering
  • Chilly
  • Cozy
  • Crisp
  • Crystal
  • Enchanted
  • Ethereal
  • Magical
  • Powdery
  • Resplendent
  • Slippery
  • Slushy
  • Toasty
  • Transcendent

Festive Winter Words to Celebrate the Season

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, Yule, or something else entirely, the winter season is chock full of special traditions. Tap into the celebrations with these festive winter words.

Christmas nutcracker with walnuts
  • Dreidel
  • Garland
  • Gifts
  • Holly
  • Jingle bells
  • Menorah
  • Mistletoe
  • Nutcracker
  • Ornament
  • Poinsettia
  • Ribbon
  • Stocking
  • Wrapping paper
  • Wreath
  • Yule log

Find Your Own Winter Words With WordFinder

Back in the day, you could spend hours looking for the right word in a dictionary or thesaurus and still come up empty. Give your kiddos the space to discover the expansive catalog of winter words on their own.

Let them master a wintery-themed Scrabble game with WordFinder. Simply type in your words in the contains field and see what it can conjure up. For example, a simple search of "winter" pulls up all sorts of interesting words like wintergreens, midwinter, and wintersweet.

You can also turn to WordList Finder for even more dazzling winter words. Pop a generic winter word into the contains field, like "snow" for example, and see what options unfold. From snowberry to snowcap, you can expand your knowledge of winter words in a snap.

Dashing Through the Snow & the Dictionary

Words have power; knowing what different ones mean and how to use them can break open a whole new world for kids. There’s bound to be a lot of gift-giving this season. Consider giving your kids a new kind of present — the gift of a broadened mind with these winter words.

120 Winter Words to Keep Kids' Vocabularies Crisp All Season