I Spy Snow Globes

Drew loves snow globes.  In fact, that's all he asked Santa for:
Well, what he actually said was "snow mobile", but he meant snow globe.  We didn't correct him, so we're hoping maybe there'll be a new Polaris under the tree on Christmas morning.

He also loves I Spy books.  We have quite a few of those around here.  We even have a Christmas one.  Can You See What I See?: Night Before Christmas is the actual "Night Before Christmas" poem with Wick's signature photographs to accompany it.  There's all sorts of items to find in each Christmas themed picture, but our favorite is looking through Santa's sack of presents.

To make our snow globes we used:
  • clear plastic jars
  • assorted waterproof toys
  • laminated picture of toys
  • glitter
  • water
  • dry erase marker
Our jars used to contain peanut butter and barbecue sauce.  They are BIG.  We had a hard time finding enough stuff to fill them up which is why it didn't end up being entirely Christmas themed.  We ended up looking through the bath toys and I cut some Christmas shapes out of craft foam.  Here's what we put in:
I had the picture laminated so Drew could use a dry erase marker to check things off as we found them.
After we filled the jars with toys, we added some glitter and filled it with water.
I didn't glue the tops on the jars because we need some of that stuff back.  But he had a great time playing with it:
Lainey liked hers too:

It's hard to believe, but this is the last day of The 12 Days of Christmas by Ready. Set. Read! and Reading Confetti! Head over there to see what Jackie is sharing today! 

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  1. I love those. We'll be doing those for sure. They'd probably make a decent travel toy too. I haven't seen that book before but Logan (3) loves I Spy books too so I'll have to look for it. Thanks again for collaborating!

  2. Oh wow! You had Santa at your house? Love your snow globes... we are yet to make some! :-)

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  3. Super cute. I've been saving all sorts of different containers, now I know what to do with a few of our plastic ones.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Sapphire @ Life with My Pollitos

  4. Love the I spy twist on snow globes. It looks like you had lots of fun.

  5. My girls love I Spy and this would be a lot of fun to make with them. Thanks for sharing. Visiting form TGIF

  6. These are just great! Bookmarking for a must-try!
    I like the idea for also using it as a travel toy... and maybe even eating out at a restaurant with the kiddo.
    Popping in from TGIF Linky :)

  7. That is so special. I love snow globes.This is such a beautiful idea, Thanks for sharing, I will follow on my way out so I know the path back to your lovely blog. I hope you will find the time to come visit my place soon and do the same. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and look forward to supporting your blog in 2012. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  8. Great Santa pic, thanks for linking up! Awesome DIY project too!

  9. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday. The snow globes are a great idea. Easy and fun!

  10. Aww..these are cute! Nice idea! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!


  11. saw you via the friday fun linky - the "I spy" element is fabulous - I've seen something similar with rice, but I love this festive, sparkly version!!

    I've joined your site and if you want to help a fellow crafter get to 50 followers (LOL!) I'd love you to join my site too!


  12. Hi! I think that this is just great!
    I would LOVE for you to stop in and link this up in my Homeschooling on the Cheap! Link up. It is fairly new and I post it every Thursday. IT stays up all week. I'm looking for ideas on things homeschoolers can do. This looks like something for sure!

    Thank you, Kelli

  13. So fun! I am making a snowglobe for my son for Christmas! I love the ispy idea! Stopping by from TGIF

  14. OH MY GOODNESS!! What a super cute idea! I Love this and am always looking for new activities to do with my kids :) Thanks for sharing - found you via living life intentionally blog

  15. Snow mobile - too cute!! I love that this is all they wanted - you've got some sweet kiddos & your snow globes look GREAT! Thanks for linking up to TGIF!! Merry Christmas,
    Beth =-)

  16. What a great idea! My daughter would love this! Thanks for linking up to A Pinteresting Party this week! :)

  17. What a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  18. Hi- I came over from TGIF at Living Life Intentionally. I have visited your blog before though!

    Love the idea of using peanut butter jars or other large jars- whenever I have made sensory bottles I have trouble finding things small enough to fit in. I was obviously going about it the wrong way!

    I love the Ispy books and enjoyed using them in my teaching days- Can`t wait for my boys to get a bit older and get into them as well.


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