How To Make Dinosaur Snow Globes for Kids
Ben has been super into snow globes this holiday season. There are several holiday movies that feature them, and we saw some on our North Pole adventure. There is something magical about a Christmas snow globe.
The one downfall of a lot of snow globes I have seen in the store is that they are glass. I get it, that’s what makes them work well. But I don’t generally like to hand breakable items over to my kids. And honestly, the cost of some snow globes is a bit more than one might want to budget for.
So, obviously, there was only one solution. We had to make our own snow globes. And it is easier than you might think. (And don’t worry, you don’t have to make dinosaur snow globes, this works for all kinds of themes.)
Here is how to make dinosaur snow globes with your kids.
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- Supplies for Dinosaur Snow Globes
- How To Make Your Dinosaur Snow Globe
- DIY Snow Globes for Kids
- How To Make Dinosaur Snow Globes
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Dinosaur Snow Globes
I mentioned that my oldest is into snow globes right now, but why dinosaurs? The simple answer is that all 3 of my kids are super into dinosaurs, so we had some small dinosaur figurines around that were easy to use for this project.
And come on, who doesn’t love dinosaurs? It just adds fun and whimsy to the activity.
Supplies for Dinosaur Snow Globes
These are so easy to make, and honestly really inexpensive.
- Plastic Snow Globe (or Plastic Jar)
- Glue Gun
- Plastic Dinosaur (or figurine of your choice)
- Small Snow Balls
How To Make Your Dinosaur Snow Globe
1. Pick Your Globe
The first thing you need to do is get your DIY snow globe. I got ours at our local dollar store. They are plastic, which makes them perfect for little kids. You can order one here: Snow Globe Kit
If you can’t find a fillable snow globe, you can also use any clear plastic jar you can find. Check your craft store or dollar store. Around this time of year they aren’t too hard to find. (Yes, glass jars like mason jars work too. But I really wanted to keep it kid-friendly so plastic was my goal.)
2. Pick Your Dinosaur
Next, you need to pick out your dinosaur. You want a hard plastic that will hold up to being submerged in water for a long time.
And, most importantly, you want to pick something that will fit through the opening of your snow globe. (Yes, this seems like an obvious thing. But little ones might need to be guided to realistic options.)
We happened to have small dinosaurs at home ready to go. But here are some suggestions for options to purchase. These look like they work well: small dinosaur figurines
(And again, use whatever your child is into! Cats, baseball, trucks. Anything that is waterproof and fits in the snowglobe works. You can even go traditional with a snowman.)
3. Glue Your Figurine
This part will need a parent. You need to glue your figurine to your snow globe.
If you have a snow globe kit, there is usually an inner plug that goes into the globe before the lid that you will glue your figurine to. If you are using a jar you will glue your figurine to the inside of the lid of the jar.
Line up your figurine on the plug or lid and glue it into place. You will want to use a glue gun for this. Remember, your figurine is going to be submerged in water, so any water-soluble glue (like Elmer’s) is not going to hold up.
I tried to get around using the glue gun and used super glue, and it did not last. We had to redo our globes with the glue gun. I haven’t tried other epoxies, but if you have a non-water-soluble option you can try it. I know the glue gun works though.
Safety: An adult needs to use or at least heavily supervise the glue gun use. It gets really hot.
4. Fill Your Snow Globe
This is a fun part for kids. They get to fill their snow globe with all the fun stuff that will swirl around when they shake it!
Glitter is a must here. Sequins work really well too. We had some snowflake sequins that were very pretty. Anything sparkly and small is perfect.
We also put in small foam snowballs. The kids loved these as they looked like real snow to them. They do float, so they won’t settle the same way a traditional snow globe will. But it is cheap and makes the globe look wintery even when not shaken up.
I let my kids do what they want with the filling and they were happy. That’s the most important part.
5. Fill Your Snow Globe with Water
To finish up your snow globe you will need to fill it with water. I suggest you make this the parent’s job. It’s just easier this way.
Fill your globe with water leaving an inch or so of headspace at the top. You need a little air in your globe to help your materials fly around when you shake it.
6. Seal Your Snow Globe
Take your plug with the figurine glued on and place it into your snow globe carefully. Then screw the cap on! (If you are using a jar simply place the lid on carefully and screw it into place.)
I highly recommend you test each seal before you hand it over to your kids to play with. Ours needed a bead of hot glue around the seal to keep all the water in place. (Yes, it is just water if it leaks out, which isn’t a huge deal. But there is glitter in there. Glitter gets into everything.)
The extra glue also prevents well-meaning kiddos from unscrewing their snow globes and making a big mess.
7. Shake Your Snow Globe and Enjoy!
Snow globes are magical, even those that aren’t the fanciest. And your kids will love that they made these snow globes themselves. So enjoy!
DIY Snow Globes for Kids
- Snow Globe Kit
- Dinosaur Figurine
- Glue Gun
- Snow Balls
- Hot Glue Gun
- Pick out your snow globe kit (or jar).
- Pick out your dinosaur figurine.
- Hot glue your figurine to the snow globe platform. (Best done several hours before the following steps.)
- Fill your snow globe with glitter, sequins, and snowballs.
- Add water to your snow globe, leaving at least an inch of headspace.
- Carefully place your snow globe platform into your snow globe.
- Screw on the lid and hot glue around the edge to seal.
Safety: Hot glue guns should be handled by adults. They get very hot and can hurt little fingers. So use care when using.
You can use a jar instead of a snow globe kit. Just glue your figurine to the inside of the lid.
Use whatever figurine your child would like! Just make sure they are plastic or a material that will hold up to being submerged in water.
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