Make Your Own Snow Globe

Make your own snow globe! This is a great activity to do at Christmas. You end up with either a pretty, homemade decoration, or a homemade gift for someone special. Either make your own figurine or use one you already have. All the things you need are easily found and you probably have a lot of it at home already.

You will need: 

  • A glass jar
  • Glycerin (available from the chemists)
  • Plasticine / plastic figurine.
  • Glitter
  • Glue gun or double sided sticky tapemake your own snow globe
  • Optional – small polystyrene balls if you have any lying around (the make great fake snow)!

Method:

  • Make your figurine using plasticine, or any small plastic figure.
  • Using the glue gun or double sided tape , stick it to the inside of the jar lid.
  • Fill the jar 2/3 of the way full with either water or glycerine and add the glitter (and polystyrene balls if applicable)
  • Put the lid on tightly, you may want to glue it or sellotape it.
  • Turn it upside down and your snow globe is done!

Why not try?

  • Replacing the glycerine with baby oil, what happens? Does the glitter move differently?
  • Try using water and adding an effervescent tablet, what happens?

The science bit:

  • Glycerine is a viscous liquid that more dense than water, this means that it behaves a little differently to water! You will notice that the polystyrene balls and glitter move a lot slower than they do in water – like a slow motion winter scene! You can make your own snow globe and learn about science at the same time.