There is just something about a white paper plate that demands to be painted! This simple paper plate snowglobe craft is a great winter or holiday activity for kids.
Paper Plate Snowglobe:
This craft is easy to set up and uses very familiar materials. Depending on how you set this up, this activity can be adapted for toddlers and preschoolers or made more challenging for older kids.
- paper plates
- permanent markers
- craft glue
- mini white pompoms
To set this paper plate craft up, lay out the materials and set up something for the paint. I usually cover a plate with tin foil to put the paint on. You can use that method or a paint tray.
Squeeze the paint onto the tray or plater and paint the paper plates a light blue. We didn’t have light blue paint, so we mixed regular blue paint with white paint.
Next, paint the area of snow at the bottom in white paint. Some of my kids also chose to add a few dots of snow here and there as well while they were working with the white paint. Allow the paint to dry.
Now that the general snowglobe outline has been created, the kids are free to create whatever scene they want inside. I didn’t give my kids instructions, but they all made essentially the same picture. I was thinking that some of them might create a nature scene or village scene, but they each chose a snowman and trees. One did it that way first and the others thought it looked good, so they followed the lead!
For this step, you can use either paint or permanent markers. We chose to use both. The kids used paint for the larger things such as the snowman shape and trees. They then added the finer details such as the snowman face, arms and buttons using the permanent markers.
To finish off, glue tiny white pompoms to simulate the snow in the snowglobe. We found that it worked best to put a dab of glue on the paper plate rather than on the pompom. Allow the glue to dry and your paper plate snowglobe is complete!
I just need to add a note here: I’m a bit of a spelling nerd and I do realize that snow globe is two words, but it turns out that most people spell it as one word when they are typing it into a search engine. For the purpose of people being able to find it, I am spelling it snowglobe!
We certainly do like our paper plate crafts around here. Here is another that we did recently.