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What you will need

  • recycled jar
  • small toys
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • water
  • hole-punch
  • aluminum foil or other water resistant material from the recycling bin

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Step 1: Punch Out Snowflakes

You will need a lot of “snow” for this project. To make our snow, we used a hole punch to punch holes in a leftover piece of aluminum foil and the inside of an empty juice box. I let my son take over this part – he enjoyed punching a nice pile of dots to use in the snow globe as snow.

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Step 2: Pick Your Creatures

The mason jars that we already had on hand were a little large for this project. If you have baby food jars, I think they would be perfect size. However, we worked with what we already had on hand. You will want to find one or two small creatures that will fit on the inside of the mason jar lid, allowing the jar to screw closed. We also choose old toys that we already had on hand. If you have winter animals, those would look especially sweet and festive in the snow globes.

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Step 3: Glue the Toys

Use a small dollop of hot glue to secure the creature to the lid of the mason jar.

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Step 4: Just Add Water

Fill each mason jar almost full with water, you will want to leave just enough room for the water to move when your child shakes it.

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Step 5: Add the Snow

Let your children add a handful of the snow that they hole-punched from the aluminum foil to the water mix.

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Step 6: Add the Lid

Screw the lid on super-tight so the snow globe doesn’t drip when your child shakes it.

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Step 7: Enjoy a Winter Wonderland

Smile as your child marvels as the snow falls down on their winter wonderland. This has been one of my son’s favorite projects of the holiday season.