Snow globes provide us a self-contained world of winter wonder often enjoyed during the holidays. Watching the flakes of "snow" slowly settle on the figurine or scene inside a water-filled globe has fascinated many a child, and adult, since the early 1800's. Making a snow globe yourself can be a fun and interesting way to recycle old toys, decorations, and glass jars. It is also a great way to teach children about reusing and recycling old materials while providing a science lesson at the same time. Turn your next children's party into an even more special event by making a glass snow globe kit for each child and then helping them to assemble their very own snow globes to enjoy at home.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Baby food jar with lid
- Silicone adhesive
- Distilled water
- Small decoration or toy
- Measuring spoons
Soak and the baby food jar to clean it and remove the label. Wash the lid as well.
Choose a waterproof decoration or small toy that will fit into the baby jar when the lid is turned upside down and placed over it.
Use the silicone adhesive to glue the toy or decoration to the middle of the inside of the jar lid. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
Drop a teaspoon of glitter into the jar and add a tablespoon of glycerine. Working over the sink, fill the jar to the top with distilled water, plunge the toy or decoration into the jar, and screw the lid on tightly. It is OK if some water pours out of the top as you twist on the lid. This will help keep your snow globe from having as big of a bubble at the top.
Turn your snow globe over, shake and enjoy.
Tips and warnings
- You can make this project without the glycerine, but it is the glycerine that gives the glitter the appearance of gently floating down.
- For a children's party, set up a "filling station," with a pan on top of a plastic trash bag, and help each child fill and seal his snow globe.
- Have an adult use a hot glue gun to attach toys to lids quickly at a children's party or event.
- Try making snow globes with other sizes and shapes of jars.
- For realistic looking snow add washed, dried and finely crush eggshells to the water and glycerine mix.
- Care should be taken to avoid accidents with broken glass.
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