Legoman Snow Globes

When we created our list for our Advent Calendar, Legoman requested to make Snow Globes.

I couldn’t help but immediately think to make one of Lego people we currently have. Not only were these easy to make, but they were fun, too.

upcycled snowglobes

Materials Needed:

  • Empty Jar (we used our jelly jars that we save for everything)
  • Small Figurines (Legomen or accessories)
  • Water (Distilled is best)
  • Glycerine (We used dish soap)
  • Glitter or small circle Legos

Step one: Arrange Your Figures

Legoman Snowglobe

Since we had just watched How the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, both boys ended up placing their figures in a circle around their trees to resembe the Who’s in Whoville. Legoman decided to use only villians for a “Villian Christmas Party”. He also used a helmet as a star on the tree, which I thought was pretty clever.

*TIP: you want to make sure your figures are far enough away from the edge of the lid, that you can close the jar.

Step Two: Hot Glue Figures To Lid

Legoman Snowglobe

I tried to place the Legos exactly where the boys had chosen for them to be. I used a hot glue gun and then set the lids to the side so the hot glue was very dry.

*Tip: If I did this again, I might use a water-proof glue or hot glue that I didn’t get at the dollar store. (unless you like floating legomen like Bones)

Step Three: Add Distilled WaterLegoman Snowglobe

Fill almost to the top, leaving some room for displacement of the water when you put the lid on the jar.

Step Four: Optional Science Lesson

Or Add Glitter, Glycerine, and tiny Legos

Legoman Snowglobe

Instead of just going through the steps of the project, we chose to slow down for a minute when we got to this point.

We predicted what would happen when we added the glitter. What would happen when we added the small lego pieces?

Would they sink or float? (they float- hence the need for the glycerine)

Why do they float? (Density)

I presented the soap to the boys and asked them what they thought would happen if we added a drop to the water. We discussed our predictions and our reasoning and then added the soap.

Legoman Snowglobe

I wanted the boys to focus on the glitter and the water tension, so we used a plain lid for this step. They observed their jars for at least 10-15 minutes before we added the final step.

Step Five: Put on the Lid

Legoman Snowglobe

This step lent itself to a discussion about water displacement. Make sure your lid is on very tight.

Tip* You can hot glue the lid on when you are finished if you are concerned your children might open their snow globes later.

Legoman SnowglobeMany times projects that include hot glue can be difficult to do with small children because of idle hands.Thanks to a plate of Legomen, there was never a dull or idle moment.

Have you made anything fun out of a common toy or household item? I would love to hear.

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Comments

  1. Saw you at the Creative K Kids linkup. Love this idea. My 10 yr old son would like having his own Lego snowglobe!

  2. I’d love to make these but there’s no way my son would sacrifice his LEGO guys!

  3. These are so cute!! I’ve never seen them done with Legos. I will have to share these with the grandkids.

  4. Lovely project! I love a Lego theme for it, and a built-in science lesson.

    • Natalie, honestly I thought the coolest part was the built in science lesson. I was fascinated in finding out why the directions called for glycerine. I didn’t want to just do it for my children. I wanted them to discover the reason too. :)

  5. Oh my goodness!! These are adorable!

    I’ve been on the hunt for a few more Advent activities, and I think this is it!!

  6. These are so cute! Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

  7. Thanks for joining in our Playful Preschool FB Shareday! We’ve included a link to this delightful activity on this week’s Reindeer Learning Post! http://bit.ly/1fqQ4qn

  8. What a great idea to use Legos! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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