Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sensational Snow Scenes!

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Every month, parents come in and lead a seasonal craft lesson with the class. Nicholas' mom came in and taught us how to make  
a wacky winter wonderland!

So clever!

 Look at those poor students who woke up in a snow globe!

Is this fantasy or reality


This student didn't mind. 

He made the best of it and started juggling snowballs!

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Are you interested in making snow globes with your students? We have been working on the skill of following directions, so here are the directions for making a snow globe!

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Gather materials: photograph of each student trapped in the snow globe, snow globe template made on card stock, white paper (to glue on for background snow), lined paper to write a few sentences about "If I lived in a snow globe...", scissors, crayons or markers, glue stick, hot glue gun, clear paper plates, and a bag of fake snow. 

1. Cut out the student
2. Make the paper background snow and glue it to the snow globe template. 
3. Glue the student to the snow.
4. Add background (trees, snowmen...) 
5. Place some snow in the plate
6. Hot glue the rim of the plate. (See example photo) 

6. Place the paper template face down on top of the rim. Beware, the hot glue! :-)
7. Wait for the glue to cool.
8. Flip the snow globe over to see the student trapped in the snow globe!
9. Write a message: "If I lived in a snow globe..."
10. Glue the message to the base of the snow globe.

Have fun with your winter wonderland! 

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What did you like about making a snow globe? Tell Nicholas' mom!

Have you ever followed directions?

What advice to you have about reading and following directions? 


  1. Dear Bettina, Mrs. Yollis and class,

    This craft is SO adorable. Bettina, it was cute when you described it but, its even cuter in the pictures here!!!! How very lucky the students are to have such crafty moms to lead these wonderful projects! Maybe I will have Ty help me try this project with his siblings over the break since the directions are posted.

    Better yet, Bettina, are you available?

    Have any of you students been making any crafts at home lately? If so, what types?

    Happy holidays to all.

    Artfully yours,

    1. Bettina (Nicholas' mom)January 6, 2015 at 8:53 PM


      I loved doing this craft with Mrs. Yollis & the class. I came in to take pictures on a rainy day so the students had their big jackets and scarfs and could get bundled up. The day I took the pictures was perfect day for imagining that they were living in a snow globe. I loved all the stories that they came up with and would love to do another project with them again because they are such an imaginative and witty group of students!

      I am available to do this or another project with you and all of our kids and anyone else that would like to join in.


  2. Dear Bettina, Mrs. Yollis, and class,

    Those certainly are sensational snow globes! I am so glad that I was able to see them in person yesterday!

    It is such a clever project! I think my favorite part is the poses that you have struck and the expressions on your faces that show you are trapped and very cold, even frigid!

    Following directions when creating a clever craft such as this one is so important, isn't it? I think one of the most important things about following directions is doing the steps in the proper sequence. I can think of many projects that I have done where this is the case. One example is decorating my Christmas tree. The lights have to be put on first, then the ornaments, and finally the paper garland that I use each year.

    Another example is the Dala horse ornament that I gave to Mrs. Yollis yesterday. First, I had to cut out two felt horses. Next, I pinned the design template to one felt cut-out. Afterward, I stitched the designs using different colored embroidery thread. Finally, I put the two sides of the horse together, put in the stuffing, stitch the two parts together, and add a loop for hanging it on the tree!

    I look forward to reading about all the ways that you have followed directions!

    Happy holidays, everyone!
    Mrs. Ranney

  3. Hello Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    Brilliant! What a wonderful craft idea. I know snow isn't exactly normal for your school area but I'm sure many of you have visited snow-covered areas. For us here in Australia, summer is upon us, people are arriving in my town for their summer vacation and schools have closed for around five weeks but this would be a great idea for the middle of the year when winter comes. I must pass it on to some teachers. :)

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia


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