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.
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
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
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 Water
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
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.
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
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.
Have you made anything fun out of a common toy or household item? I would love to hear.
This and many more ideas are featured in my Alternative Gift Giving Guide?