Art Elements: Form
Art Skills: Clay
Literacy Connection: Book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
This is a great lesson to introduce the youngest of students to clay. Students use Sculpey oven bake clay for the project, which is mess free for the kids. Students develop the skill of rolling the clay into a ball for this project, which is a great introduction for making a pinch pot later in the year.
This lesson connects to the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. The students love this book and its colorful illustrations of snowmen playing outside at night.
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If you are doing this lesson with a class of students, there are a few things you can do to make the lesson manageable.
When I did this with my students, I could accomplish the lesson in two class periods. The first class, we made the snowmen out of clay. The students followed along with me step by step. At the end of class, I wrote all the kids names and class period on the lids as I collected them. The second class, we added the ribbon, drew the details and assembled them with the water/glitter mixture. Each student would come up, one at a time, to assemble his or her snow globe with me. I would have 2-3 color options of ribbon or yarn “scarves”, that was pre cut to size, for the kids to choose from. They would need a little assistance with tying the “scarf” into a knot around the snowman. The students would sprinkle glitter into the glass jar and then I would pour in the water/glycerin mixture and assemble the lid. Once everything was assembled, I would add a quick bead of hot glue around the rim to secure the top.
While that was happening, the rest of the students were at their tables working on drawing and coloring a 12” x 18” size snowman picture. The students were always quietly working, as they wanted to be the next student chosen to assemble their snow globe.
A large class box of Sculpey clay can be a bit pricey. While you can probably purchase the clay from an art company catalog at a decent price, I would buy mine from a local craft store. I would use a 40%-50% off coupon from the Sunday paper to purchase the clay from a local craft store and then turned in my receipts for my district could reimburse me.
This project is a sure fire hit! The students will LOVE making their snow globes. While I did this project with first graders for many years, I always had older students who wanted to make one again…what do you think? Is their a snow globe in your students future? Let us know!
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