What kid doesn’t love the wonder and beauty of a snow globe?
The Artful Parent had the wonderful idea 3 years ago to gift some peppermint play dough in mason jars and make it look like little snow globe presents.
We did a little spin on that idea and made these peppermint salt dough snowmen slow globes as gifts for the parents of Child’s Garden Montessori.
First, I whipped up a batch of peppermint salt dough:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- Couple drops peppermint oil
After combining the ingredients, this dough needs a good 3-5 minutes of kneading to become smooth. I did the first 3 and then handed a small handful over to each child for them to try.
I then gave each child a baby food jar lid and encouraged them to make anything they wanted with the peppermint salt dough, but stay inside the cap.
This was a great exercise in three-dimensional thinking and planning, but in retrospect I would have had each child do their snow globe craft individually — once Miss G announced that she was making a snow man, everyone else followed suite.
It took about 3-5 hours for each sculpture to air dry, but before that happened, I trimmed each one slightly so that they would fit in the jar by running a knife around the inside of the baby jar lid.
For the older kids, I had them paint the inside of their jars with glitter paint. For the younger kids, I sprayed the inside of the jars with spray adhesive and sprinkled with glitter. Both turned out well, so I would just do whatever is easiest for your crew.
Some of the kids painted their sculptures, some left them plain. For the ones who painted, I set out glitter paint for some extra pizzazz.
I glued the caps on for a bit of extra security, but that step could easily be skipped.
The kids are so excited to give these snow globe crafts to their parents, and I can’t blame them. They all turned out pretty cute!
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