What Kids Learn From This Craft Activity, STEAM Activity
Kids can learn a lot from the Craft Activity, STEAM Activity, DIY Snow Globes. Firstly, they understand basic science concepts like density and buoyancy as they see the objects float or sink in the water inside the globe. Secondly, crafting the globe involves fine motor skills and creativity, enhancing their artistic abilities. Additionally, they learn about planning and construction, incorporating engineering skills. Math comes into play when measuring and mixing materials. Altogether, this fun activity fosters a holistic learning experience encompassing various essential skills and knowledge areas.
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What We Need For This Craft Activity, STEAM Activity
- Clear Jar With A lid (snowglobe jar)
- Clear glue – 3 teaspoons (You can also use glycerin, olive oil or vegetable oil. Adding more glue will make the glitter fall slower.)
- Glitter (or fake snow) – 3 teaspoons
- Super Glue (or waterproof epoxy glue)
- A Small Figurine or Decoration (e.g., a plastic toy or a miniature holiday ornament that is water-proof).
- Water – 1 cup (or as needed to fill up your jar)
How to Do the Craft Activity, STEAM Activity, Make Snow Globe
- Choose a Figurine: Select a small figurine or decoration that you want to place inside your snow globe. Make sure it is water-proof and fits comfortably within the jar.
- Glue the Figurine: Use waterproof epoxy glue or super glue to securely attach the figurine to the inside of the lid. Allow it to dry according to the adhesive’s instructions.
- Add Glitter or Snow: Sprinkle a small amount of glitter or fake snow into the bottom of the jar. You can use multiple colors or types of glitter for a unique effect.
- Fill with Water: Carefully fill the jar with distilled water, leaving a little space at the top (about 1/4 inch or 0.5 cm).
- Add Clear Glue: Pour a few teaspoons of clear glue into the jar. The clear glue helps the glitter or snowflakes fall more slowly when you shake the snow globe. Start with a small amount and adjust as needed.
- Seal the Jar: Carefully screw the lid with the attached figurine onto the jar, making sure it’s tightly sealed.
- Test It: Turn the snow globe upside down and shake it gently to create the snowfall effect. If you want more snow or glitter, you can always add more.
- Enjoy Your Snow Globe: Your homemade snow globe is now ready to display! Shake it gently whenever you want to see the snowfall effect.
*For using super glue or epoxy glue, kids need help and guidance from adults for safety.
Variations & Challenges
- Jar Selection: You can use various types of jars for your snow globe, such as baby food jars, plastic containers, or mason jars for a unique look.
- Figurine Choice: Get creative with your choice of figurine. It doesn’t have to be holiday-themed; you can use small toys, miniatures, or trinkets that have personal meaning.
- Customize the Scene: You can create custom scenes by adding small props or backdrops inside the jar to enhance the overall look of your snow globe.
- Water Leakage: Ensuring that the jar is tightly sealed to prevent water leakage can be challenging depending on the type of jar. You can use a strong adhesive to seal the jar and allow sufficient drying time.
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