12 of the best kids’ waterproof gloves

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Whatever the weather, an essential part of outdoor kit for kids is a durable pair of waterproof gloves or mittens. Nothing stops outdoor playtime faster than when little hands are cold, so keep them warm and dry with our pick of the best waterproof gloves for kids.

Along with a waterproof puddle suit (opens in new tab) and a pair of winter boots (opens in new tab) or Wellington boots (opens in new tab), kids' waterproof gloves are all your child needs to get stuck into some serious outdoor fun. Getting wet is fun too but it can make little hands feel cold really fast, so making sure your child's winter gloves are waterproof is essential. For the best protection in waterproof gloves, look for taped seams and a water-resistant outer layer, such as nylon and coated fabrics. A thicker insulating inner layer - such as fleece, cotton or Thinsulate - is perfect for keeping little hands extra cosy and warm.

The most reliable options for waterproof gloves come with a waterproof rating. Fabric waterproof rating is measured in millimetres. This refers to the pressure at which water is able to press through the fabric. Anything between 1,500mm-5,000mm is suitable for everyday adventures. For more exciting excursions - think skiing or sledging - opt for a higher rating of up to 10,000mm.

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Snow And Ski Mittens, £18-20 | Frugi (opens in new tab)

Keep little hands warm and dry in even the coldest of weather with these ski mittens made from recycled plastic water bottles. They're fleece-lined and water-resistant with elasticated cuffs to keep the cold out, as well as textured palms to help get a good grip on snowballs. 

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Novelty All Weather Mittens, was £21 now £13.65 | Boden (opens in new tab)

Unicorns are still trending hard and fans of the mythical creatures will love these cute and cosy mittens - ready for magical outdoor adventures no matter how cold it gets. The touch and close fastenings make it easy to get a good fit and the grippy panel on the palms will help little ones build a mega snowman.

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Critter Kids Ski Mittens, was £16.99 now £10.99 | Mountain Warehouse (opens in new tab)

The cute foxy faces on these ski mittens will tempt even the most reluctant glove wearers into trying these on! They're snowproof and water-resistant with good grip thanks to textured patches on the palms. Available in three different designs.

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Waterproof Shell Kids Mittens, £18 | Polarn O. Pyret (opens in new tab)

For older kids who don't want cutesy prints on their waterproof gloves, try these kids' mittens in a classy sage green colour. Waterproof and windproof, they're pre-bent fit for a comfy fit with long, elasticated cuffs to keep water out and large, easy-grip patches on the palms.

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Kids' Butterfly Ski Gloves with Thermowarmth, £12.00 | Marks and Spencer (opens in new tab)

For serious warmth no matter whether you're on the slopes or in the park, these butterfly print ski gloves have lightweight Thermowarmth™ wadding and a cosy fleece lining as well as rip tape fastening for the perfect fit. 

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Extreme Kids Waterproof Ski Gloves was £24.99 now £14.99

Mountain Warehouse's extreme waterproof skin gloves are great for snowy days. Made from panelled technical IsoDry fabric, these 100 per cent polyester mittens are waterproof and breathable to allow perspiration out, keeping little hands dry. The thermal fibre lining retains heat without adding extra weight. Meanwhile, the textured finish across the palm and fingers and adjustable Velcro cuffs offer improved grip for outside adventures.

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Baby Ski Mittens, £8.99 | Decathlon (opens in new tab)

Sledging for the first time? Available in blue with turquoise or damson, these sweet and brightly coloured mittens are designed to keep baby hands warm and dry. Easy to pop on because of their wide opening and an elasticated wrist and cuff, they have a waterproof rating of 2,000mm and their 150 g/sqm polyester-based synthetic wadding traps air to retain vital warmth in the snow and on the slopes.

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PU Mitts, £12 | Muddy Puddles (opens in new tab)

One of the UK's leading children's outwear brands, Muddy Puddles is devoted to creating waterproofs that work so that kids can confidently enjoy the great outdoors. Made from 100 per cent recycled polyester polyurethane (PU), these warm and toasty mitts are perfect for keeping little hands dry and protected during the colder months. With elastic wrist straps and poppers to keep them firmly in place, these gloves are fully waterproof (10,000mm) so kids will always be ready for the next adventure.

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Kids' warm and waterproof ski gloves, £24.99 | Decathlon (opens in new tab)

Perfect for young, experienced skiers, these neat gloves are both waterproof and flexible. With long sleeves and flexible cuffs, they'll ensure a good seal to prevent water and snow from reaching active hands or cutting short sessions on the slopes. With 200 g/sqm back wadding, a water-repellent treatment to prevent moisture from absorbing and a fine polymer film to act as a waterproof barrier from the elements, these practical gloves will remain light and warm no matter how many slips and trips take place.

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Barts Kids Nylon 3D Mitt, £26.99 | Snow + Rock (opens in new tab)

Whether your little one opts for the fuchsia unicorns or navy dragons, these fun, water-resistant mitts have a 100 per cent nylon shell, and a PU palm for grip. They're lined with soft, moisture-wicking material with a comfortable, knitted cuff. Featuring a 'don't lose me' cord so you'll never misplace these handy new friends, these kids' waterproof gloves are the fun way to brighten a dull and drizzly day.

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Kids Winter Ski Gloves, £9.99 | Amazon (opens in new tab)

These durable polyester gloves boast a hydrophobic layer to keep kids' hands dry and warm, making them ideal for outdoor snow activities. With a wear-resistant and anti-slip PU leather coating, they're perfect for skiing, snowboarding, sledging and skating. The warm lining, ribbed cuffs and elastic bands will help keep little hands warm. They also have an anti-lost buckle to prevent either glove from going AWOL on the slopes and a cute dinosaur design to help them stand out when dropped in the snow. These waterproof gloves are sure to be popular year after year. 

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Azarxis kids snow gloves, £7.99 | Amazon (opens in new tab)

In a range of eye-catching colours and designs, these stand-out-from-the-crowd gloves and mittens are crafted from high-quality waterproof and breathable materials to prevent water from soaking in. A PU gripper on the palm and fingers to provide better grip and wear and tear resistance for active kids. Long cuffs pull over jacket and coat sleeves and the wrist's adjustable Velcro and elastic prevent cold air, snow and moisture from getting to delicate hands. With a thick fleece lining, they are comfortable and soft enough to wear all winter - whether you're hitting the slopes or the shops on a cold day.

Are mittens or gloves better for toddlers?

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When it comes to choosing kids' waterproof gloves, a key decision is whether to opt for gloves or mittens. Mittens are designed to keep fingers together, so they are more efficient at trapping warmth and keeping little hands warm. Mittens also tend to be easier to get on and off than gloves. However, gloves give kids more freedom and the ability to do more with their hands. For babies and toddlers - and particularly cold days - mittens are the best option for keeping frosty fingertips at bay. For slightly older children - or for more hands-on outdoor activities - consider gloves. And if your little ones are always losing their gloves, it's worth organising your kid's wardrobe (opens in new tab) and arranging accessories in their own storage box. You definitely won't want to misplace any of the waterproof gloves included on this list.

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Heidi Scrimgeour
Deputy Editor

As a parenting specialist for more than 15 years, Heidi has written for most national newspapers and for a wide range of consumer magazines, including Mother & Baby where she was the Shopping Editor for six years, looking after regular consumer features including buying guides and gift roundups.