Glitter snow globes are a fun and easy DIY sustainability activity. They make perfect handmade gifts for different occasions like Christmas or kinder graduation. This activity allows children to exercise choice through selection of materials, learn about reusing and recycling through play, and supports the development of fine motor skills. We run this activity with preschool children, 3-5 years, but it can be adapted for any age group – adults love making these just as much as the kids!
We encourage the use of BioglitterTM for this activity as their glitter is approved to break down in natural environments like freshwater and soil should you no longer want to keep the snow globe. See our blog post on Sparkling Responsibly for more information on biodegradable glitter. You could also use natural glitter like flower petals or small bits of colored paper or cardboard.
You will need:
- A decoration for the snow globe
- A clean, water tight recycled jar that fits over the decoration
- Glitter (biodegradable glitter recommended)
- Waterproof glue
Step 1: Choose your snow globe feature
Firstly, decide what decorations you want to put in your snow globe. Find an item that is not going to break down quickly in water. Have you got old plastic toys you can repurpose?
Step 2: Pick a jar
Choose a clean, reused jar that fits the decorations you have picked. Ensure it has a lid that is water-tight.
Step 3: Test with water
If you are going to add water to your snow globe, do a quick test to ensure it is water tight.
Step 4: Attach decoration
Use waterproof glue to attach your decoration to the underside of the clean, dry lid. Ensure it is fully dried before continuing to the next step.
Step 5: Add in glitter and water
Add in biodegradable glitter. If you are making a water-less snow globe, put on the lid and shake. If you are adding water, fill up the jar with water, close the lid and swish away until your heart’s content.
Let us know how you go! Make sure you tag us @littlesproutsprogram on Instagram or Facebook with your creations! Check out our other blogs for more sustainability activity ideas for kids and subscribe to our awesome emails so you never miss out on the latest Little Sprouts news and fun.