Winter Craft – Snow Globes

Sometimes an activity works out so well that you just have to shout about it from the rooftops, so that all might share in your joy.


I shared this craft with a group of kids aged 6-9, and it was a major hit. One of the group leaders commented that she’d never seen the kids as quiet and involved in a project before (keep in mind that I was doing this activity on Christmas Eve, no less. I would’ve been satisfied just to get the kids to stop bouncing off the walls for a moment or two….)

All of the supplies can be purchased at a dollar store, and there’s very little mess, making this a quick and easy craft to whip up. It’s also a good craft for a mixed-age group, as kids can do as little or as much decorating as they’d like.


There are a number of different paper plate snow globe crafts out there – some use paper plates and plastic sheets, while others use plastic plates and construction paper. I took this popular craft idea and put my own little spin on it (of course!) to make it even easier for both kids and facilitators (I’m nothing if not practical).


1 plastic plate and 1 paper plate (of similar size) per child

Coloring and decorating supplies

Scotch tape

Mini marshmallows and/or small candies for snow!

  1. Decorate the paper plate
  2. Place mini marshmallows on the paper plate (delicious, edible snow!)
  3. Tape a plastic plate on top of the paper plate
  4. Stand back and admire your creation!


Using tape to attach the two plates together means no waiting for glue to dry, and no sticky, messy glue on fingers and desks. Using mini marshmallows and small candies for snow means excited, sugar-fueled kids. 🙂 You don’t need to use scissors, either, which means you can easily do this activity with toddlers or preschoolers, though you can make the activity more challenging by encouraging older children to draw more detailed or specific scenes on their plates.

Quick, easy, relatively inexpensive and edible, this is definitely an activity to add to your craft arsenal, and because it’s a winter craft, rather than a Christmas craft, you can pull out it anywhere from November-March, depending on where you live. 🙂