Product Type: John Adams Art / Craft
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Disney Princess Snow Globe Maker
Member Name: karalouk
Disney Princess Snow Globe Maker
Advantages: Fun, Creative, 3 Snow globes included, Reusable, Nice decoration
Disadvantages: One of our snow globes leaks! A bit fiddly at times
The Snow Globe Maker is made by a company called John Adams and comes packaged inside a cardboard box which is decorated in a princess perfect manner! There are instructions inside the box in written and diagram form, which is very helpful. You should follow the instructions carefully the first time but after that you should be fine to not need them. The set is recommended for children 6+ years. Inside the box is a pink plastic workstation base, 2 tubes of glitter, 2 tubes of 'snow', 3 Princess figures, printed scenery sheets and 3 domes.
You start by assembling the main workstation. The is a simple task which involves clipping a few bits on to the workstation (which is lucky as it doesn't fit in the box when assembled, so you need to dismantle and assemble each time you want to use it!). There are holes either side of the workstation to safety store the glitter/snow tubes and a small drawer inside the workstation where you can safety store some of the scenery pictures.
There are a number of different scenery sheets - they are Cinderella, Little Mermaid and Snow White themed. You need to push the pictures out of the sheet to begin (you only need to do this the first time you use them), which is relatively easy. You can mix up your pictures if you wish but my daughter prefers to use the same themed pictures for each snow globe. There are lots of small pictures which can be used to scatter around your snow globes - these include birds, squirrels, princes, glass slipper, fish, mice (along with lots of familiar faces and popular characters). There are also some larger pictures which can be used as backdrops for the snow globes. The pictures are waterproof and made of a thin plastic material. They all look very nice but some of the smaller ones can be a little bit flimsy, so be careful!
To get started you need to choose a dome (each dome looks the same but they have slightly different colour schemes) and turn anti-clockwise which releases the dome from its base. The domes have a waterproof seal which makes removing the dome from its base quite tricky - my daughter needs my help to take off and put on the dome, it's too tough and fiddly for her to do. The next few steps are the 'fun part' and can be done independently by my daughter. You need to decorate the inside of the dome/snow globe by choosing your pictures and slotting them in to the dome base (the pictures have small tabs on the bottom and the dome base has slots which the tabs can be pushed inside to secure the pictures in place). In the centre of the dome base is a spindle - this is where you place your chosen princess figure (they have small holes underneath them to secure them in to place). Once the dome is decorated to your taste you can then put the dome lid back on (again my daughter needs my help with this as it's quite tough for her).
At this point the snow globe is almost done, it's just time to add the water, glitter and snow! The dome needs to be placed on to the centre of the workstation and the funnel should be placed inside the hole on top of the dome (each dome has a plug in the top of it - this needs to be removed when filling up/tipping away the water and kept closed at all other times). I think the workstation is a bit of a gimmick to be honest, you could easily make your snow globes without the use of the workstation... it does look quite fancy though! The glitter and snow should be added first, you can choose the colour (pink or silver) and how much glitter/snow to use - you don't really need very much. We still have some glitter left in our set but we are running low, when the glitter runs out you can use normal glitter (which is very cheap to buy). The water then needs to be poured in to the funnel SLOWLY until the water reaches the very top of the dome, it's best to use a jug as the funnel is quite small. You're snow globe is complete!
When I first saw the Snow Globe Maker I thought it was a set in which you made one snow globe and that was it. However I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the set contains 3 snow globes and they're reusable - you can empty, redecorate and refill at any time - great value! Since Christmas my daughter has made numerous snow globes and has continuously kept at least one in her bedroom as a decoration! I should imagine that all young girls would enjoy this set - not only is it fun and creative, but you also get a beautiful decoration at the end of it. It's quite time consuming, but in a good way - my daughter never gets bored 'mid snow globe' and I get some peace! She usually takes about 15 minutes on each snow globe. My daughter loves anything to do with Disney Princesses and really enjoys making her own scenes and 'stories' inside the snow globes, as well as the added bonus of the princess figures which sit so beautifully in the middle of the snow globes! There is a spinner on the bottom of the snow globe, when pushed the princess spins around in the middle of the snow globe. Plus there is also a spinner on top of the snow globe, when spun it swishes the water around and creates a snow/glitter storm! This is a good feature to have as it discourages my daughter from shaking the snow globe around too much and potentially ruining all of her hard work! The snow globes are actually quite sturdy and my daughters creations are usually kept safe, however she did once drop one of her snow globes and a couple of the pictures fell out and we had to empty it to fix it. No big deal, we just know to be careful next time!
I'd say the only downside of the Disney princess Snow Globe Maker is that it's a bit fiddly at times, me and my daughter would feel much happier if I didn't have to keep stepping in to help. Another downside for us is that one of our snow globes leaks - the waterproof seal doesn't look right and it doesn't stay in place, so we basically have one useless snow globe.
The Disney Princess Snow Globe Maker generally costs £15.00 - £20.00 (which isn't too bad for something which is reusable) and is available at most toy shops etc.
Overall this is an almost princess perfect set, which my daughter and I are happy to recommend to other little princesses!
Summary: A fun and creative snow globe making set.