It’s the holiday season and kids are excited! They want to be involved any way possible whether that be making Hanukkah latkes, putting up the Christmas tree, lighting the Kwanza candles, or just decorating the house with snowflakes. You could make holiday cookies, decorate a gingerbread house, or create a holiday craft. Why not start with this fun holiday craft for kids, making a snow globe?!
Materials Needed To Make A Snow Globe
- Clear recycled jam jar, baby food jar, or plastic jar such as a peanut butter container
- Or you can buy a canning jar or plastic craft jar like in the picture above from the dollar store
- Glycerin (from your local drug store)
- Baby Oil will work if you can’t find glycerin
- Winter Trinket (plastic & waterproof), such as a penguin, snowman, polar bear, or Evergreen tree
- Hot glue gun or Super glue
- Foam beads (if you are making a snow globe without water)
- Round or snowflake table confetti (optional)
Water Filled Snow Globe Holiday Craft
- Have your child pick a trinket and maybe an Evergreen tree as well to glue to the cover of the clean, glass jar. I got my gingerbread man from the top of a PEZ dispenser; a plastic ornament for the dollar store would work as well. An adult should hot glue the items onto the lid (I tried super glue and it didn’t stay on in the water).
- Help your child fill the glass jar with water, almost to the top. Remember that when you close the jar and the item is added, the water will rise.
- Sprinkle in some glitter. It’s fun to have multiple colors for this holiday craft!
- Now add 5 drops of glycerine, more for large jars. The glycerine makes it so the glitter falls down slowly. If you add too much glycerine, the glitter will stick to the bottom.
- An adult should glue the rim of the container and screw the top on tight. If you use hot glue you need to make sure it is really hot and that you move quickly so that it does not dry before you have the cover fully screwed on.
- Now let your child give it a little shake and see the snow fall all around their creation.
Waterless Snow Globe Holiday Craft For Kids
- This holiday craft for kids is better if you are worried about your little one dropping a water-filled, glass jar.
- Have your child pick a trinket or two to glue to the cover of the plastic jar. An adult should hot glue it on; if you choose to use super glue it takes 24 hours to fully set.
- Ask your child to scoop in some foam beads and table confetti as the pretend snow. You can add glitter too, but know without the water it won’t float down around the trinket. Make sure you do not fill the container higher than your trinket is tall.
- When you are sure your trinket is secured to the lid and will withstand some shaking you can move on to the next step.
- An adult should glue the rim of the container and screw the top on tight. Again, if you use hot glue you need to make sure it is really hot and that you move quickly so that it does not dry before you have the cover fully screwed on.
- Now let your little one shake the child proof snow globe to see the snow fall.
Snow globes are not just a fun holiday craft for kids, they are also a type of meditation jar. Watching the glitter fall helps a child’s mind and body calm down. When your kids get really wound up and overly excited for the holidays, this may be a good time to snuggle up with a holiday book and their snow globe for some quiet time.
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About The Author
Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and works for Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny as the eLearning Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her son, going for walks with her husband and dog, and discovering local wineries in New England.