Paper Plate Penguin Snow Globe

There is nothing more fun than shaking up a snow globe. Most kids are delighted to play with a real snow globe, but the glass lid and water contained inside can be a dangerous combination with little kids! Instead of playing with a real snow globes, kids can make their own paper plate penguin snow globe using just a paper plate and some craft supplies! The secret to the “globe” is a plastic sandwich bag! Once the snow globes dry, kids will get a kick out of shaking up their globes. Before we begin, though, I would like to recommend a few fun books about penguins, or, with penguins as the main character -these will go great with your activity!

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Instead of playing with dangerous and messy snow globes, kids can make their own paper plate penguin snow globe using a paper plate and some craft supplies!

Paper Plate Penguin Snow Globe

What you’ll need to make the penguin paper plate snow globe:

  • Washable craft paint
  • White glitter
  • Plastic quart-sized baggies
  • Paintbrushes
  • School glue
  • Paper plates

Penguin Paper Plate Snow Globe Directions

  1.  Let the kids paint a picture of a penguin onto the front of their paper plates. Ours has a blue background to help the glitter “snow” show up better. Let the kids embellish their penguin however they like. You can also use a paper or foam penguin in the center of the plate, or let the kids draw their penguins with crayons to make the activity happen faster.
    Instead of playing with dangerous and messy snow globes, kids can make their own paper plate penguin snow globe using a paper plate and some craft supplies!
  2. Once the paint is dry, place a small pile of the white glitter on the penguin.
    Instead of playing with dangerous and messy snow globes, kids can make their own paper plate penguin snow globe using a paper plate and some craft supplies!
  3. An adult should cut out a circle from the plastic baggie just as large as the center circle of the paper plate.
    Instead of playing with dangerous and messy snow globes, kids can make their own paper plate penguin snow globe using a paper plate and some craft supplies!
  4. Instruct the kids to draw a line of glue around the center circle outline of the plate. Don’t place glue in the center of the plate or the glitter will clump and the craft won’t look like a real snow globe.
    Instead of playing with dangerous and messy snow globes, kids can make their own paper plate penguin snow globe using a paper plate and some craft supplies!
  5. Carefully place the piece of plastic over the glitter and glue. Make sure all edges are completely sealed.
  6. Let the glue dry completely before shaking.

Once the glue dries, let the kids shake their new paper plate snow globes to make it snow!
Check out our Here is a fun activity pack to go along with this activity!  Winter Acivities for Kindergarten - Worksheets to take you from Jan 1 to Mar 1

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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound ReadingMrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
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2 Comments

  1. nice craft, easy for my 4 year old to do, but instead of the baggie, I will glue on the clear cover of the tin plates from take-out food.

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