Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Craft: Snowball Snowglobe

Last week at our Family Storytime, we enjoyed books, songs, and activities about snow, snowflakes, and snowmen. We also enjoyed making a craft

It was a "Snowball Snowglobe"!

Here are the Supplies needed for the craft:

Two 8 or 9 inch blue paper plates 
(I searched until I found plates with blue on top and white on bottom)
5 inch circle template
6 inch circle of clear plastic
(I will give you suggestions for this in the directions below)
Tacky glue
White glitter paint
Styrofoam bowl
Snowman shape
(Several suggestions shared below)
Snowflake stickers
Iridescent confetti
Black sharpie
(Not pictured)
White ribbon
(Not pictured)


1. Paint the bottoms of both plates with the glitter glue and let dry. (This step can be skipped if you don't have glitter paint and/or your library does not allow painting during your programs.)

2. Draw a 5 inch circle on the bottom of one of the plates. Be sure to center it. (It is hard to see in the picture but I used black cardstock to make my circle template.)

Heads Up: 
The next few steps should be done by an ADULT.

3. Carefully poke a hole in the center of the plate with a pair of sharp scissors.

4. Then cut from the center hole to the drawn outline several times ~ forming an X.

5. Now cut closely to the inside of the circle until it is all removed. (At this point I cut very closely to the line but not on the line yet. This allows me the ability to cut a smoother edge in the next step.)

7. Finally, cut along the drawn line with smooth cuts.

Child-friendly steps again:

8. This next step involves gluing something clear into the cut-out opening to make a "window"  so that your child can peer into the inside of your Snowglobe. The clear plastic is a 6 inch circle. I used our Ellison diecut to cut my circles out of leftover laminate from our laminating machine. I love to recycle ~ reuse ~ repurpose (whatever you want  to call it) and these laminate scraps were headed toward the trash can before I thought of this use for them. 

***If you don't have leftover laminate, 
*How about that leftover clear plastic from toy packages 
after your child opens Christmas presents 
or birthday presents or just gets a new 
toy because it looked so cool at the 
store yesterday?

*How about those folders with the clear plastic covers 
that you used for last year's budget report?

*How about a piece of Saran Wrap or part of a 
gallon-sized Ziploc bag?

There are lots of options if you just take a look around. ;-) It is easier for the parent or caregiver who is sharing this craft with one or two children. If you are a preschool teacher or a children's librarian, you will have to think ahead and start collecting what you need for all the friends that you will be sharing this craft with. But don't despair! I am sure if you share your idea with a few of your parents then they will help you out. :-)

When gluing the clear circle to the inside of the top plate, be sure to spread the glue all around the edge. The opening needs to be completely sealed so that no confetti can escape when the project is finished.

9. It is now time for the snow! Using the Tacky glue, make a "snowdrift" at the bottom of the 2nd blue plate. Then, shake some iridescent glitter on top of the glue and gently press it down to help it stick. Shake off any excess onto a piece of scrap paper and save for later.

10. While the glue and glitter are drying, build a snowman with the sticker set and add snowflake stickers, too.

***Snowflake sticker set was purchased from Oriental Trading as one of the prizes for our Snow program last year. I had enough leftover for this craft. I like this sticker set because it allows the child to build his/her snowman one snowball at a time. It gives the adult a chance to observe whether or not the child has mastered the idea of small, medium, and large, as well as, several other pre-reading and pre-math skills.

***Don't have any snowman stickers lying around:

*How about cutting out three snowballs from 
construction paper and adding details with 
crayons or markers?

*how about printing a snowman picture from the 
internet, cutting it out, and gluing it on the plate?

*How about finding a small toy figure around the 
house to glue to your snow scene?

Here again, there are lots of options if you just take a look around. ;-)

11. Once the snow scene is created and the glue has had time to dry, it is time for a SNOW STORM! Just add more confetti! As much or as little as desired.

12. Final step is to add glue all around the edge of the plate. Don't be stingy with the glue! We want to make a complete seal all around the plate so that when we shake our Snowball Snowglobe to make it "snow", we don't want any snow to escape.

Ooops! Did I say final step? Well, it is ~ unless you want to be able to hang up your Snowball Snowglobe when you aren't using it. If you want to hang it up, then cut a piece of ribbon to about  4 inches in length. Fold it in half and glue to the bottom plate at the top of your snowglobe. Once it is dry, it can be hung anywhere.

Final Craft:

It's a blizzard!

Here are a few pictures of my storytime friends and their Snowball Snowglobes:

This craft was made by a 4 year old. 
She decided she wanted to add some bigger snowflakes to the outside of her snowball. 
I love her creativity!
Another friend enjoying her snowball cookie while sharing her craft with me.

Hey, dude! Like my snowman?
(This friend is also 4 years old. If you look closely, he chose to make his snowman differently. 
His choices can actually tell his teacher or parent a lot about his abilities in certain pre-reading/pre-math areas.)

I hope you will consider creating a Snowball Snowglobe with a young child in your life. If you do, please stop back by and share your thoughts and maybe even some pictures with me. I would love to see your child's version of a Snowball Snowglobe!

I have some thoughts on a ocean-themed version. Check back with me ~ I am thinking maybe an underwater bubble full of sand and ocean creatures...



  1. absolutely LOVE your project we are sharing it at http://www.holiday-kids-crafts.com/snowmen-crafts.html
    Please stop by and see if we can provide YOU with inspiration for your library projects...perhaps our Robert Frost Snow Wood craft...http://www.holiday-kids-crafts.com/learning%20craft%20robert%20frost%20birch%20tree%20art%20lesson.html

    1. I just today saw your comment, Holiday Kids. Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing my post. I am heading to check out your links right now, :o)

      Thank you again for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I appreciate it!

      Have a lovely Sunday!
      ~ K ~