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!