Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson is a sweet bedtime book about a polar bear cub who leaves behind the security of her den to venture out into the cold arctic night. She passes by sleeping animals…the walrus, the seals, the whales…and ends up on top of a mountain of snow where she witnesses stars falling like snowflakes, lighting up everything that she loves.
As I first read the beautiful words and pictures that describe the star shower, my thoughts immediately turned to snowglobes! And since I couldn’t decide between the two activities that came to mind, we ended up doing both!
The first was a simple paper snowglobe.
It was nothing more than…
- A circle cut from construction paper.
- A polar bear cut out and glued on the circle. (We simply reduced the size of the one found here.)
- White paint sponged gently over the entire circle. (Be careful not to cover the polar bear’s outline too much!)
- Glitter sprinkled over the wet paint.
- And a strip cut from the side of a cupcake wrapper and glued on for the base.
The second involved making an actual snowglobe!
Using the basic guidelines found here, here’s how we did it:
Small plastic animal
Spray Paint and/or Ribbon
White and/or silver glitter
Prior to our project, I used goo gone to get the sticky residue and black print off of the glass jar, spray painted the outside of the lids, and cut the ends off of a craft foam ball to use as the base inside our snowglobes.
Then the girls and I hot glued the craft foam to the inside of the lid, and attached their chosen arctic animal to it.
(They also chose to glue a piece of ribbon around the outside edge of the lid to fancy it up a bit.)
Next, we filled the glass jar with cold water and added the desired amount of glitter. We started with both 1/2 tsp of white and 1/2 tsp of silver, but decided that was too much and too dark for our figurines, especially the white seal. So we emptied it out and went with just about 3/4 tsp of white glitter instead.
Finally, attach the lid (glue it on if you prefer), and you just created your very own arctic star shower that ”falls like snowflakes”!
I love these snowglobes every bit as much as the girls do. I can’t walk past them without tipping them over to watch a little star shower of my very own ; )