Successful Toddler Craft!
Ever since I started teaching preschool children in after-school over a decade ago, I have had a soft spot for crafts and glitter. I had no clue how to craft those early years and it was all a learning experience. The truth is, even with years of crafting for education and for fun, it is still a learning experience! My daughter just turned two, so I am trying to do more crafts with her. She is mostly my designated “helper,” but I am getting better at finding things that we can do together. I saw the idea for snow-globes on my favorite site, Pinterest, a while back. Then, I found tiny trees and tiny people for a Christmas village type thing at the dollar store. Then I got fake snow at Hobby Lobby for half off. Of course, every southern lady has mason jars lying around. That was all I needed to make super cute snow-globes for well under $5!!
* Mason Jars (always keep your used ones to reuse later!)
* Fake snow
* Fake, tiny Christmas things (trees, people, snowmen, woodland animals)
* Spray paint (optional – for the tops, I used gold because I had it on hand)
* Ribbon (optional – to tie around the base, I had it from wrapping presents)
I had my helper carry my lids outside and lay them on a paper towel to be spray painted. We played in the sand box while we waited ever so patiently for the spray paint to dry. Then, we used tacky glue to put the small trees and people onto the inside of the mason jar lid. (She was very helpful at holding them down, yet not so helpful in picking them back up before the glue was dry.) We set them on another table, that she couldn’t reach, to dry well. Then, the part she really loved, was putting the snow into the jars. I realized that we over filled the jars, but that was an easy fix. She also helped me sweep the floor of all the snow that somehow did not make it into the jars. She is an excellent cleaning helper.
I sprayed the top of the jar, where it was going to be screwed on to the top, so that we don’t have more snow to clean up. I left them dry and did not add water. They are beautiful just like that. I tied a ribbon where the top screws on. I personally love them. I think we might make more when I raid craft stores for their major markdowns after Christmas! This craft was a hit and I was able to really include my 2-year-old. I let her pick what she wanted and where.