photo credit; The Santa Clause 3
The Christmas season is filled with gift buying, cookie baking, Yule decorating, card sending and most importantly, enjoying the time that we share with one another. As parents, we try to involve our children with as many holiday themed activities as possible, hoping that they will relish in the seasonal cheer and maybe someday, pass these memories onto to their own families. Don’t get bogged down with an elongated to-do list that seems never ending during the month of December. Instead, take a little time out to use your hands with your children to make adorable crafts that will not only develop stronger skills in both the right and left sides of the brain, but help build a stronger foundation between each other. Projects are numerous and can be created easily and inexpensively requiring only one necessity, your imagination! If you wouldn’t call yourself especially gifted in this department, there is no need to worry. Here is an idea that uses few supplies, uncomplicated to construct and most critically FUN for everyone, a Christmas snow globe! Follow these steps and you will be well on your way towards a success Christmas craft.
Snow globes are very popular within the arts this time of year because let’s face it- it’s cold outside! These spherical wonders are a fantastic option because you simply need colored paper, glue and a few white cotton balls for the materials. Begin by cutting out a circle and a base as shown below.
Light blue construction paper works best to represent the glass ball but other colors that will work are white and black. The base can either be darker in shade or leave it up to your kid’s to choose their favorite color to put their own signature mark on the project. Glue the circle to the top of the base hiding a small portion of the bottom arc behind the base as shown below.
Once you have this attached, cut out seasonal pictures of your choice and glue them onto the globe, making a lovely winter landscape that can include (but are not mutually exclusive to) snowmen, Christmas trees, wreathes, Santa Claus or any imagery that represents something special for you and your family. Once the scene has been attached, glue tiny white pom pom balls to represent snowfall. If you can’t find these to use, take a whole puncher and make your own using white paper. The shape is the same and can be mounted just as simply.
Suzie Canale lives in Westwood, MA. An author of four childen's books, Suzie also works part time at the Westwood Public Library and raises her two boys who loves the holidays.