I've decided that nothing is more magical than experiencing the holidays through my toddler's eyes. I'm so full of the holiday spirit, I feel like I might burst! Every Christmas tree is deserving of an enthusiastic, "Wow!" Christmas lights send little Dorothy into an excited dancing frenzy. Even the cold and the snow are overly fun when you're just one-year-old.
Don't worry. I'm sure she'll develop her parent's love for the warmer climates soon enough!
We're just starting to develop our own family traditions, but I know that the Jolly Days exhibit will remain on our list for years to come. I mean, have you seen the giant snow globe in the Sunburst Atrium? My daughter could have pressed that button to see the snow fall all day long. She loved watching the older kids take on the Yule Slide (next year!), and we can't wait to attend Breakfast with Santa later this month. I'm sure Dorothy will be thrilled to finally meet Santa Claus—and if not, I'm sure we'll get a keepsake photo just the same. ;)
Since many of our Christmas decorations at home are highly fragile and off limits, we decided to take inspiration from the Jolly Days exhibit and create a toddler-friendly snow globe for Dorothy to admire. Not only is she mesmerized by the "snow," there are few ways she can destroy it. Personalized Christmas decor AND a toy for the baby? Win-win in this momma's book!
Merry Christmas from the Cotten family! May your holidays be merry and bright.
Jolly Toddler Snow Globe
- Empty water bottle
- Corn syrup
- Metallic Sharpies (or stickers, or jingle bells, or.... whatever you want to use to decorate!)
- Fill your empty bottle halfway with water, then add an equal amount of corn syrup.
- Add in as much or as little glitter (aka "snow") as you would like! We thought it was fun to mix different colors and textures of glitter to make a true winter wonderland. In Dorothy's and my opinion - the more sparkles, the better. ;)
- Close the cap (tightly!), and then use your imagination to decorate the outside of your snow globe.
- When finished, give your snow globe a good shake and see what happens!