How to Make a Snow Globe with Your Preschooler

Snow globes are wonderful for story-telling. There is just something about watching faux snow settle on a little figurine that inspires flights of fancy. Making snow globes with your preschooler is actually quite simple. Do it in the classroom or make it an at-home project.

Material list:

  • Empty jar with lid
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Figurine(s)
  • Fake snow or glitter
  • Plastic spoon
  • Plastic bowl
  • Distilled water


How to Make a Snow Globe

The process of making a snow globe is surprisingly simple. Involve the child as much as possible, depending on her level of maturity and small motor skill development. Do not be afraid of getting side-tracked. Playing with the fake snow may derail your project temporarily, but the resulting sensory play is well worth the distraction.

  • Clean the jar and lid. If you have not done so already, have the child help you. The bigger the jar, the more impressive the display you create. Use an old toothbrush to clean off caked-on spaghetti sauce, baby food or other dried on food. (Warning: If you are worried about using glass – and with a rambunctious preschooler, this is a very valid concern – use a plastic jar instead.)
  • Find figurines to glue to the inside of the lid. A tall jar allows for the use of tall figurines. Do you have some plastic sticks that could become trees? How about a leftover (waterproof) snowman or Santa Claus from the Christmas ornament box? A trip to the dollar store can also yield a bounty of inexpensive figurines.
  • Hot-glue the figurines to the inside of the lid. This is an adult-only task! Let the glue dry.
  • Fill the jar with fake snow or glitter. You need less glitter than fake snow. Then again, you might want to combine the two. Let the child spoon the substance from the plastic bowl into the open jar. Let him take his time.
  • Gauge results. Screw on the lid. Is there too much fake snow to allow for slow swirls? Take out some. Is there not enough? Add some. (Tip: There is a good chance that the child will add and take away material numerous times. Do not proceed until the child is certain that the quantity of the fake snow is just right.)
  • Add distilled water and glue on the lid. This is another adult-only task. Add water to the inside of the jar, so that the fake snow takes a little while to settle. Make sure the thread around the neck of the bottle is dry, hot-glue it and immediately screw on the lid. Leave it sitting like this for a few minutes. Inadvertent opening of the jar – and the resulting mess – should now be avoided.


Who knew that making snow globes with your preschooler could be this simple? I did – and now you do as well.


Photo Credit: “Glass Food Jar” by Andrzej 22/Wikimedia Commons via public domain license