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Snow Globes Writing Lesson and Craft
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 Sarah’s classroom I saw so many wonderful student projects! 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 made these snow globes in January to go along with our writing lesson! 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 planned a whole day of snow-related learning and had my students wear snow gear to school on our “snow day.” I brought in my portable picture printer so I could print the pictures off at school.
Portable photo printer (I wanted to print the pictures that same day, so I brought in my Canon Selphy. The model I have is no longer available, but I found a similar one here.) You could also just print from your printer at school if you have a color one, or order prints from a local print shop!
Snow Globe Instructions:
The day we worked on our snow globes was a “snow day” in our classroom. I told the kids ahead of time to come dressed for the snow! Since we live in southern California so we don’t get much snow, but most of my students still had hats and gloves to wear! I took their pictures in front of a blank background, and told them to pose how they would like to be positioned with their snowman in the snow globe! I then printed all the photos using a portable photo printer so they were able to work on their snow globes that afternoon!
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!
Displaying Our Snow Globes:
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! You could also use a hot glue gun to help them hold better!
Also, while we were enjoying our snow day they wrote a fictional narrative about “The Day I Spent in a Snow Globe.” They described how they got stuck in the snow globe, what they did in there, and how they got out. Then they published their stories on some 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: A lot of people have asked about the snow glitter. You can get it on Amazon here!