Snow Globe Sensory Play in Preschool

I wanted the children in my class to make snow globes – and we did make some but not exactly like I originally planned (I will share them tomorrow)….

While looking for snow globe materials, I came across this fake snow in a bag and thought – “boy, wouldn’t that be fun for some sensory play!”…

So, I decided that we should just have a little snow globe sensory play.  I hot glued little figurines inside the lids of different sized jars -I used some baby food jars, some small plastic jars, and a pickle jar. If you have any concern about the jars breaking then stick with using plastic jars for sure….

And yes, I got the figurines at the dollar store. A package of 4 or 5 for $1. I am a regular customer there during the holidays!  I added the jars and lids (with figurines attached) to the fake snow and let the children play…

After playing with just their hands for a little while, the children asked if we could also add some spoons for “digging” up the snow.  I had not even thought of adding shovels. So my assistant followed their lead and gathered up some spoons for the children to add to their play. She told all the children to close their eyes and she would hide the spoons in the snow for them to find – the children enjoyed the suspense and I saw just a few children peeking…

I am sure you could use any kind of material for the snow besides fake snow but this stuff was really nice – soft, fluffy, and it had great texture too.  I got the fake snow from our local drug store called CVS.

The children enjoyed playing in the snow globe sensory tub and were engaged for a very long time. They buried the figurines in the snow and spent time exploring cause and effect as they enjoyed scooping, pouring, opening up the jars, closing the jars, filling the jars, dumping the jars, shaking the jars, and just playing and talking with each other…

The figurines stimulated some fun dramatic play and ignited conversation among the children as well…


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So we will continue to play with our snow globes and perhaps in the end, I will help the children fill them with water and other items to take home. In the mean time, here are a few links to snow globes that I had planned to make (and still may) with my students…

Links to Grow on…

We Made Our Own Snow Globe by Rockabye Butterfly

Christmas Snow Dome by Childhood 101

Snow Globes Made from Baby Food Jars by Crafts-N-Things

Homemade Snow Globes for Preschoolers by The Honorable Mention Blog

Glitter Jars by Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning

Winter White Sensory Tub from Make do & friend

By |2018-11-30T23:15:11+00:00December 13th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Charlotte December 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks for linking our Sensory Tub!

    I love this post, very inspired to make snowglobes with the kids this week – I have some cute jamjars with gingham lids that would be perfect!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Those would be perfect!!

  2. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree December 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    This is a great ideas as usual! Kids love to play with the materials of the project at hand and this definitely does that! Sometimes I get so focused on the finished product (the snow globe) and this is great reminder to let your children play and experiment with their own ideas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2011 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      My students have loved this. I was thinking of just the snow globes too at first! But that fluffy snow totally got me thinking sensory play!!!!

  3. Maureen December 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    It looks beautiful and so much fun.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      It is beautiful and the children love it!!

  4. Rockabye Butterfly December 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Awesome Sensory Tub idea!! That is fabulous!!! I would love to play in that! Where do you get fake snow? just a craft store?

    And thanks for linking me up! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      I have seen it at Walmart and the local drug store. Often available where you find those little holiday figurines for coffee tables.

  5. Ashley December 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Love this idea! I bought some Instant snow last year after christmas. I adore the idea of gluing figurines to the lids. I think I will be using baby food jars (the plastic ones)- we have a lot of them around right now!
    Love your site!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      I am about to start collecting the plastic baby food jars too:) My grandson is just getting the right age for baby food!! I am so excited – (about my grandson and the baby food jars) LOL!

  6. jackie December 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    What a fabulous idea for sensory play! I wanted to do snow globes too. I picked up some glycerine, but didn’t accumulate enough small clear jars. We can do that after Christmas I guess as a “winter craft”. In the meantime, I’m thinking a snow bin would be tons of fun!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      I had the toughest time finding jars I liked so that is partly why I didn’t make snow globes right away. But I will for a winter craft too because I love them:)

  7. Suzanne December 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    My buddies loved this stuff, too. We didn’t try making snow globes, though, but they are pretty young and are so much more into just playing than crafting. It is neat stuff!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm - Reply

      It is neat stuff!!

  8. andiejaye December 14, 2011 at 12:15 am - Reply

    i’ve got to get some of this fake snow! i bet my son would love it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 14, 2011 at 7:12 am - Reply

      It’s pretty fun stuff Andiejaye:)

  9. Trisha December 14, 2011 at 12:16 am - Reply

    So fun! This would be perfect for a snowy day this winter. (If it would ever snow!) I love your tub. Is it something you had on hand or did you buy it for this? Where did you get it?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 14, 2011 at 7:11 am - Reply

      This is just a clear plastic tub I got from Walmart. I use it for a variety of things so that is why the inside is painted:)

  10. Barbra Stephens December 14, 2011 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I love this! What a gorgeous presentation to the children! I just love activities where it’s self explanatory to the kids! Great post!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 14, 2011 at 7:12 am - Reply

      Thank you Barbra:)

  11. Karen Green December 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Love this Deborah!

  12. Chris December 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Just curious, how “staticky” does this get? I can picture it sticking to clothes/hands and ending up everywhere (we can deal with that- it’s just good to know ahead of time).

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      You know, it didn’t get all that staticky. I thought it would be really bad but it wasn’t a problem for us really at all. A little messy, yes, but not all that staticky:)

  13. artsy_momma December 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    I love fake snow- just wish it wouldn’t get literally everywhere…lol! Have to wait for my princess to get older before letting my son play with it again. Thanks for linking to our snow globes! My daughter broke one that my mom bought her so I plan to place the insides in a baby food jar. Check out our snow sensory sled idea too for more messy fun 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 18, 2011 at 10:40 am - Reply

      I will stop by and check it out!! You always have such fun ideas!

  14. The Mommies Made Me Do It December 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Love this!! This is a must-do for us! Hey, does the fake snow come out of carpet easy with a vacuum… or is it like sand or mud? Is it watery?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 22, 2011 at 12:10 am - Reply

      It is dry and fluffy – more like cut up feathers 🙂 It doesn’t ground into the carpet but it can be staticky at times.

  15. Anna @ The Imagination Tree January 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Lovely Deborah!! I am featuring this as a favourite on It’s Playtime tomorrow as part of a winter play special! thank you 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 5, 2012 at 2:30 am - Reply

      Thank you Anna! I will be sure to stop by!!

  16. Irene January 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    i love playing with my 24 month old that’s why i love your blog. i came across with it because i was looking for playing activities since i had to spend more time with my baby by moving from El Salvador in central america to Dominican Republic for the family to be together. I am delighted with your blog since in spanish they aren’t much blogs like that. Im creating myself some playing activities and sharing them with other hispanic speakers, your blog has been a confirmation of my playing learning passion.

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