Free Art Lesson – Snowman Snow Globe in Clay

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Level: K-2

Art Elements: Form

Art Skills: Clay

Literacy Connection: Book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

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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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Snowman Snow Globe in Clay

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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.

  • First, send out an email to staff and parents for donations of clear glass baby food jars with the lids. You are sure to get many jars in just a week or two. You could request that students bring in their own glass jars (jelly, olive, or mustard jar) but then you have no control over the size of the jars.
  • Second, use a Sharpie to write each students name and class period on the top of the lid. You can do this ahead of time or quickly do it when you are collecting them. The Sharpie will not bake off in the oven.
  • Third, since it is oven bake clay, ask the cafeteria staff if you can bake them in their ovens at the end of the school day. I always took mine home to bake after each class made theirs but the cafeteria staff may be receptive to allowing you to use the ovens. A class of them only took up a small box, so it was easy to carry home.  Make sure you follow the temperature directions for the specific clay you are using. One year, I accidentally had my oven up too high and ended up with a whole bunch of burnt snowmen! And painting them with white acrylic did not work once they were in the water!

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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