It’s the perfect time of year to celebrate the snow. A fun, simple craft that your Cloverbuds can complete is making a snow globe.
Let’s get started:
Collect the following simple supplies:
- A small jar for each child. This can be a baby food jar, a pickle jar or a mason jar.
- Glitter in silver, white, blue or a combination of all. You can add the reflective snowflake confetti if you like.
- Water resistant glue and distilled water. Using distilled water ensures that all the minerals and bacteria are removed making sure that you don’t end up with water that can get cloudy.
- Something to put in your globe. Choose something simple like a small figurine or a toy. I like collecting items from outside. Small pine cones, acorns, pretty rocks are all good too (and free!).
What to Do:
- Fill the bottom of the jar with glitter. Be generous, but not overwhelming. About ¼ of the way full is a good guideline.
- Glue the figurine to the bottom of the lid making sure you keep them centered.
- Fill the jar with the water leaving approximately ¾ of an inch of air space at the top.
- Run the glue around the perimeter of the inside of the lid to form a waterproof seal when you screw the lid in place. Allow to dry for a bit so your glitter doesn’t stick to the glue.
Turn it upside down and enjoy!
This time of year is often known for being the season of giving! So, why not take this opportunity to teach your Cloverbuds about giving by helping them create their own holiday cards to give to others. For example, cards can be taken and distributed to residents of a local nursing home or tucked into a local food bank’s distribution boxes before delivery!
- Cardstock and/or construction paper
- Markers, colored pencils and/or crayons
- Glue sticks
- Old magazine or cards
- Fold the cardstock or construction paper into the desired card size.
- Encourage members to use their creativity to decorate the cards by drawing and coloring a picture, tracing a picture with a stencil, cutting pictures out of old magazines or old cards. Add a little something extra with ribbon, glitter or other decorating items you have around.
- Have some sample phrases written out and available for members to use on or in their card such as “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Holidays”, “Seasons Greeting”, “Happy New Year” or another greeting of your choice. Some members may still be learning to spell and this might help them.
- Be sure your Cloverbud signs their name to their card.
This activity can be fun for the members creating the cards and fun for the individual receiving the cards. It is a great way for young members to realize that their kindness may bring cheer to someone else!