A puppy plays in the snow inside a snow globe on a background of snowflakes with text reading: Getting creative with snow globes: Winter fun in the classroom

Getting creative with snow globes: Winter fun in the classroom

If it’s cold out and students are stuck indoors, consider adding fun and festive crafts into the school day. Turn up some fun music, and let your students get creative with this easy snow globe craft, achievable in a few simple steps.

1. Print a snow globe template. I created a few snow globe templates using Canva. I searched up some snow globe graphics I liked, enlarged them, and printed them on cardstock paper. There are three options for students to choose from. 

2. Print student photos. Since I already had headshots of my students, I decided to use those. However, if you wanted to get really creative with this, you could have your students pose, and then take their picture! I cut out their heads and instructed them to draw bodies on themselves. This added an extra creative component, and it was neat to see the students make themselves into snowmen and gingerbread men/women.

3. Sketch time. Before adding their photos, students used pencils to lightly sketch a background or scene inside their snow globes. They did this lightly in case of mistakes; the pencil marks easily vanished after the next step. If printing students’ photos is not an option, students can draw a character or wintery scene, like a puppy playing in the snow.

4. Adding color and glitter. Once happy with their festive product, students grabbed markers and crayons to color everything in. I also allowed the use of glitter for snow and other festive parts of their snow globes that required that special shine. 

5. The final presentation. For their final product, students cut out the snow globes and glued each one onto a dark blue paper. This really made the snow globes stand out and look sharp when hung outside the classroom in the hallway.  

What other fun crafts or activities do you see yourself implementing this winter? Let us know at Arizona PBS KIDS on Facebook!

About the author

Marissa Will is the mother of two, Olivia (6) and Logan (4). Writing was her first passion: she’s a freelance writer and a Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumna. Will is currently educating the future leaders of tomorrow: She has spent the past nine years educating third grade with a master’s degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University-Yuma.

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