Making these wintery snow globes is a surprisingly simple activity that can accompany a unit on snow and winter, or a read-aloud of Let It Snow by Maryann Cocoa-Leffler.

What You Need:

  • Hot glue and gun
  • Plastic winter figurines, one per student, such as those available at dollar stores, craft stores, and flea markets
  • Small glass jars with lids (large baby-food jars work well), one per student
  • Corn syrup
  • Water
  • Craft sticks, one per student
  • White glitter

What You Do:

  1. To set up the craft, allow each student to choose one winter figurine. Place a dot of hot glue on the bottom of the winter figurine and firmly attach it to the inside bottom of the jar, in the center. Set the jars aside to dry.
  2. When the glue is dry, have your students fill about a third of the jar with corn syrup.
  3. Have your students add water to the corn syrup. They should use about the same amount of water as they did corn syrup.
  4. Ask the students to gently mix the water and corn syrup using a craft stick.
  5. Have the students sprinkle about a teaspoon of glitter inside the jar. This will be the snow for the snow globe, so they should add enough to swirl around when shaken.
  6. Have the students fill the remainder of the jar with water.
  7. Apply hot glue around the inside of the lid to secure it to the top of the jar when screwed on.
  8. Once glue is dry, have students shake the jars to see it snow!