Making a glitter jar or old-fashioned snow globe from an ordinary jam jar is a great way to spend a rainy day indoors with kids. Underwater scenes featuring octopus, fish, dolphin and seaweed are particularly effective, but pretty much any interesting grouping of objects will do, as long as they are fun and colourful. Here is how to make a glitter jar with your kids:
Tools and Materials needed:A Step into the Past
• Clean, empty jam jar • Small bag of glitter • Water • Water-resistant glue • Modelling clay • Food colouring (optional) • Coloured ribbon to fit around the edge of the lid
Instructions: Kuru no maou
1. Wash and dry the jam jar and set aside the lid, which will form the base for your display. Make a tiny scene out of modelling clay, such as Santa on a sleigh, a mermaid with a dolphin or a snowman next to a tree.
2. Glue the figures to the inside of the jam jar lid and leave to dry completely.
3. Fill the jam jar with water, add a tablespoon of glitter and a drop of food colouring, if you like.
4. Screw the lid back on, making sure it’s firmly in place.
5. Cut a length of ribbon to fit around the lid. Glue in place. When the glue has dried completely, check again the lid is screwed on tightly. Turn the jam jar upside down and shake, shake, shake!
Now you know how to make a glitter jar with your kids, there’s no limit on the scenes you can create. Why not start with seasonal figures like Easter Eggs and bunnies or Halloween witches on brooms or spiders on pumpkins and work your way up to sleighs, angels, snowmen, pine trees and reindeer?