Snow Globes!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Snow is just not one of those things we get much of in southern California. Despite that, my students still love the thought of snow!

Last year while I was visiting my friend LeAnn at her school, we went to visit another teacher, Sarah's classroom and oh my goodness, she had so many wonderful ideas! One of the projects I fell in love with was the snow globes that she had her students make! She had her students make them for Christmas and they were covered with a clear plastic plate to resemble the glass. They looked adorable!

Fast-forward to this year.

We have a ton of Christmas projects that we do, but not as many things for January, so I decided to have my kiddos make their snow globes in January with a snowman! I was trying to figure out how to incorporate their picture into the snow globe when I saw what Hope did with her class. Then our snow globes were born!

I took the students' pictures in their snow gear during our "Snow Day" inspired by my sweet friend Tara! I brought in my portable picture printer so I could print the pictures off at school.

To make the snow globes they traced the plate on light blue construction paper and carefully cut it out.
Then they glued their picture on the paper, painted their snowman, and added accessories when it was dry!

After that they put lots of glue around the outside of the construction paper (and I added "snow" glitter in the middle of the paper), then glued the plate on top!

They turned out so well! I put them up on the door outside our classroom so everyone could see them!

Disclaimer: The glue does not hold super well, and we have had a couple snowfalls from plates being bumped open! Still, the kids have enjoyed having them up and hearing everyones' compliments!

 (And yes, the paper may look familiar because it was the background for our Christmas door as well!) It saved a LOT of time!

Also, while we were enjoying our snow day, they wrote a fictional narrative about "The Day I Spent in a Snow Globe" that talked about how they got in the snow globe, what they did in there, and how they got out. Then they wrote their stories on some fun snowy stationary!

Our snow globe project and writing were a huge success and definitely something that I will be doing in the future! It's nice to be able to have all the snowy fun without having to deal with the actual freezing temperatures and hassle of real snow!

UPDATE: Here is a link to "snow glitter" on Amazon. You can also pick it up at your local craft store around the holiday season!

School Smart Silver Snow Glitter - 7 oz. Weight


  1. This is such a great idea! My goodness! I love this. I am totally stealing this.
    Sierra. AKA Ms. Ainge :)
    Oh, Just Living the Dream

  2. OMG!I love these!! I'm going to have to try it. I especially love the writing activity that tied it all together. Going on the lesson plans ASAP. Thanks for sharing :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  3. Those are adorable. We had a real snow globe kind of day here in Wisconsin today so they will be a perfect project for next week. Love the writing idea, too!

    Learning in the Little Apple
    Hope you'll come check out the give-a-way I'm having this week!

  4. Your door is so cute with those snow globes! I am embarrassed of how my door looks compared to yours! :-/ It isn't pretty!!!!

  5. Those turned out absolutely and adorably amazing!!! So Cute!!!! I wish I could squeeze those in in our room but we have the state writing test in 4 weeks!!!! ugggs! Your globes and writing wall are so cute!

    4th Grade Frolics

  6. I bought all of my supplies for the snow globes and I ended up doing it without the plates. I heard that the glue kept coming undone and I didn't have any hot glue. Maybe next year. It looks super cute!!

    Darling Little Learners

  7. Molly, these are so adorable!!! I love that you put their picture in there, too. Great idea.

    Another awesome project from you!

    Second Grade Sparkle

  8. So cute!!! We will doing this on Friday. The kids are so excited!

  9. These are super cute! How was I not following your blog before?
    Terri's Teaching Treasures

  10. Replies
    1. It is literally called snow glitter! ha! You can get it here:
      I've also picked some up at my local craft store around the holidays!

  11. Just interested - are you a public or private school teacher?

    1. Hi Kristin! I teach in private school. :)

  12. Hey Molly!
    I hope you are doing well! I linked to this post in my blogpost today, I hope that's ok? I couldn't find pictures of when I did this with my class last year and your picture was the main one that came up on pinterest. :O) I didn't think you'd mind if I linked to your post?
    Happy New Year!
    Collaboration Cuties

    1. Hey Amanda!! Thanks so much!! And of course it's ok!! These are such a fun project... can't wait to do them again this year! Happy New Year to you too! xo

  13. How many containers of the snow glitter would you purchase for 26 students? Thank you for the creative idea!!

    1. Hi Michelle!! I just used one when I did this with my students... it depends on how much snow glitter you put in each snow globe! Maybe get two just in case... then if you have leftovers you can always use it for other projects or next year! Hope your students have fun making these!



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