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Hi Everyone! You’ve probably heard that the snowstorms that swept across the country this past week finally made it to the DC area. We got amazing packing snow at Discovery headquarters, so I decided to build a Discovery globe and a snowman for you.

Discovery "Snow Globe" with Food Coloring

Have you ever used food coloring to color the snow for building something? I had the brainstorm this morning, and I can’t believe how well it worked. Maybe everyone does this and I just never knew. My globe isn’t perfect, but the snow changed color easily and instantly. Try it next time you build something in the snow!

Here’s a picture of the snowman. It’s my first snowman of the year, so I forgot some things (arms)! And, I didn’t have a small enough scarf, so I’ll have to either knit a small-snowman-sized scarf or build a bigger snowman next time!

First Snowman of the Season

I think each time it snows, I’ll build another one for you, readers. If there’s something you’d really like to see, let me know in the Comments.

 



  1. gaby (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    OMG THAT WAS THE CUTEST THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL HAVE TI TRY IT SOME TIME ;)

    • Brissa (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      I already tried it, its fun to make

  2. Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Hay Jeanette…Hehehehehe…first one to comment!
    Love your globe and snowman…what’s it’s name?
    Happy first snow…here where I live…NorthCarolina…We had a flurry a month ago and it didnt stick and that is all :(
    I love the cold!
    Hmmm….what could you make…well once I built a snow fort/igloo…It was EPIC!!!!
    Santa? A reindeer? A christmas tree? I don’t know…Jeanette your creative so surprise me.
    Jeanette you are awesome and I know you probably invest a lot of your time…even outside of work to comment and read our comments…so thank you. You are very encouraging and make me…

    SMILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Thanks, Carolyne. YOU are encouraging ME! You can name the snowman, if you want. Also, I was thinking about students who live where it doesn’t snow — maybe you could make a sand castle… or a… mud pie? (If I get over 100 comments on this post, I’m going to do something really elaborate next time it snows.)

      • Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

        Hmmm…well the snowman looks like a guy. And actually he looks like a Nelson…and it could be to honor Nelson Mandela.
        Oh, A mud pie would work…lets see if my mom would agree. I actually love doing things I did when I was little. I hope I don’t fully grow up because I think that everyone should be young at heart…and you, Jeanette are DEFINITELY young at heart. Love commenting and hearing back from you. You are the reason I visit Discovery Education a lot!
        Oooo…Everyone…post comments sooooo Jeanette will make something really cool!

        So Jeanette…If I make a mud pie could I take a picture of it and post it in a comment or am I not allowed to do that?…I wouldnt be in the picture though.

        We just put our christmas decor up and right now we are playing christmas music… tis the season!!!!!

        • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

          Hmm… you can’t post pictures in the Comments section. I have an idea, though! How about you build a board in Board Builder featuring your mud pie/sculpture? Then you can post the link in the comments section and everyone will be able to see it. (Of course, you’ll need your teacher to approve and share the board.) What do you think of that?

          • Carolyne on Tuesday 10, 2013

            Good idea! I’ll have to work on it! Hopefully it will be a snow something…Brrr…it’s cold here in North Carolina!!!!!!!

      • Tucker (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

        you should make a snow fort then have a snowball fight with the house of representatives on yall’s free time. that would be cool!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nima (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      I know it… but we did have snow for like 5 min :) That was good…… I have my fingers crossed for more snow.

      • Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

        Nima, do you live in North Carolina? That’s cool if you do. I’m crossing my fingers too and wearin’ my pj’s backwards. :) Hope it will snow…Maybe we’ll have a white christmas…

        It should be snowing…I mean it’ cold enough to!!!!!!
        :)

  3. Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    oh…your handsome snowman is sportin’ the celery nose…love it!

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      So funny, Carolyne… I didn’t have a carrot in the house, so I substituted celery! Thanks for your nice comments!

      • Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

        Well the celery works just fine! Your welcome for the nice comments but thank you for your nice comments!
        I’m sooooo glad my teacher told me about Discovery education!

  4. Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    food coloring…hmmm creative never heard of it but…If we get any actually legit snow…I’ll try it.

  5. Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    sorry I have so many comments…I thought about everything after I already summit it…
    ooooops. : l

  6. Annika (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    That’s so cool. Did you make it by yourself?(your snowman)

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Hi Annika. Thanks! I did make it by myself — it’s actually pretty small and only took me a few minutes. Seriously, it was the best packing snow I’ve ever seen.

  7. Annika (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    By the way that question is for Jeanette.

  8. Annika (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    hey Jeanette! Did you use almonds or walnuts for the buttons, Or what? I think its nice that you dedicate your time to writing blogs. That is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO awesome and so are you!
    P.S. the last few questions were not answered by you. Do you mind if I take up your time asking questions?

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Hi again, Annika. I used almonds! (Great attention to detail.) I was like, “Oh, I’m going to build a snowman for the blog… now what do I have around the house for eyes, buttons, etc.? So, raisins for eyes, almonds for buttons, and CELERY for the nose. (Putting carrots on my shopping list.) Feel free to keep commenting and asking questions — that’s what we’re here for. You should also feel free to ask and answer with other commenters.

      • Annika (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

        okay. I just feel more comfortable asking you because you made the blogs. Which by the way are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! also I think the next time it snows you should remember to have carrots. (to make a snow man with a carrot nose) I have another question. How did you make the colorful snowball. I didn’t really get it. You just put food coloring in it?

        • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

          Yep — I just squeezed some food coloring into a big bowl full of snow and mixed it up with a big spoon. It’ll stain your skin, so if you don’t want that, wear gloves that you don’t mind staining. (I used some black snowboard gloves.) Have fun!

  9. Stasia (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I LIKE YOUR SNOWMAN

  10. Stasia (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Jeanette I REALLY LIKE YOUR SNOWMAN Alot

  11. Stasia (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I LIKE your name jeanette it is an awesome name

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Thanks Stasia! Nice of you to comment. Wait ’til you see my next snow creation!

  12. caelan (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I was wondering, how come we can not build a snowman in Farmington, AR

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Hi Caelan. Is this a riddle? I bet snow in AR is rare!

  13. CC (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Could you make a snowman watching tv that could be nice wouldn’t it (dont comment on me)

  14. Isbonic (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    that is awesome wish we had some snow

  15. Austin (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    That is SOOOO Smart I wish I got snow where I live

  16. Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Jeanette, are we allowed to post pictures…like not of ourselves but like if I made a snowman could I take a picture solely of the snowman and post it?

    Sorry…do I comment too much?

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Hi Carolyne. See my comment above — you can’t post pictures, but you can make boards! (No, you don’t comment too much.)

  17. Daniel (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    That is so cool.I will defiantly try it.[iif we have snow this year]

  18. Ethan (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    OMG that is one of the best snowmen i have ever seen!

  19. nathally (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Hey that’s cool! But I have a question that’s not real snow right Sarah?
    It looks very fake right? Also it didn’t snow here .

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Hi Nathally. That is real snow. I mixed in food coloring to make it blue and green.

  20. zach (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    that is really cool and if you try to color a snow man you know want to do

  21. The Ohio One (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Hi guy! i’m in Ohio and i got some snow but I haven’t had the time to build any thing. Also Jeanette I really like your snowglobe and snowman!!!!

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Thanks for the compliment “The Ohio One”!

  22. The Ohio One (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I meant “Hi guys”

  23. Gracie (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    The Snowman is such a cutie
    Here in WI
    We build a lot of them and none of them are cute like that :)
    I should really try the food coloring idea
    Do you run Discovery Education ?

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Hi Gracie… I can’t wait to see a Wisconsin snowman — I bet they ARE cute. Good question: I don’t run Discovery Education, we have a whole team doing different things. I’m the lucky one that gets to be the student blog editor, though!

  24. Ellie (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    That is so cute! I want to make one this year!

  25. Ellie (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I hope it snows this year so I can make a cute snowman!

  26. jhon (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Does anyone here speak Spanish

  27. Sam (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I live in Florida there is no snow :(

  28. Sam (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Cool though. :)

  29. kayshaun (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    that is cool I wish I could do that is that fun

  30. Ivan (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    awesome!!!!!!!

  31. dreama (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    That is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cool!!!!!!
    but sadly i’m in florida so no snow for me :(
    how big was your snowman??????

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Hi Dreama. My snowman was actually pretty small: bottom snowball was about the size of a soccer ball, middle snowball about the size of a cantaloupe, and the top snowball about the size of a grapefruit. :-)

  32. Sanai (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    That was very creative.Here in North Carilina,it snows but barley enough to cover our grass.Then right when you get exited about it all and you start thinking OHHH I WANT TO GO PLAY IN THE SNOW!!!!!,the sun comes out and melts it all in the next hour.Just when you start having fun it all just dissapers in your hand.but the next time the sun does not come out,I will make sure i have my food coloring out and ready,also my ideas for what i want to make.Because i have no time to waste before that sun comes out!!!!! :)

  33. Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Awesome: a snowman-making plan! Can’t wait until you have enough snow.

  34. Natalie (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    wow… last time it snowed (last year), my cousin came to visit and it snowed LUCKY HIM.

    And BTW my cousin’s name is jannete ( not the one that came)

    I really like that u spend your time answering our comments :)

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Thanks, Natalie. Say “hi” to both of your cousins for me. I really like that YOU spend YOUR time reading and commenting!

  35. neach (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    that so man is so adords i love it

  36. Henry (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    You should build a fort next time!

    • Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      That would be really cool!

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Hmm… a fort with a snowman taking a break inside of it and watching TV… maybe….

  37. james (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    hi guys its me james i really like that idea but i dont get enough snow in concord but next time we do get snow i will try it. thanks for the idea. by the way do any of you have a xbox360.

  38. Edward (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    My one question is that if you used food coloring, how did the snowman not melt?

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Great question, Edward. It was an experiment, so I had the same thought: “Will this make the snow melt?” For whatever reason (maybe you can work this out in science class), the snow didn’t melt from the food coloring. It only took a few drops for every bucket of snow. I will say that by the end of the day, the food coloring had kind of drained to the bottom of the snowballs. Worth more experimenting!

  39. Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I know right!!!! Crossing my fingers!!!!!!

    • Nano (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      If the food coloring was just a little bit warmer than the snow, than i think that it wouldn’t melt.
      It would probably just freeze into the snowman.

  40. Natalie (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Wow, Jeanette!! Your snowman is SO adorable, even without arms or a mouth! And your Discovery Education Globe is really cool. I’ve never used food coloring to dye the snow, but I’ll definitely have to try it sometime this winter, especially since now I know the results are great! :)

  41. Natalie (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I sure hope it snows sometime soon! And this time, I need the snow to pack! It was way too fluffy last time… ;)

  42. Nano (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Cool pictures. Can’t wait to try that at my house!

  43. Amelia (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I think the globe idea is SO smart!

  44. ninja (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    omg that snow globe is awesome

  45. Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Jeanette…did the food coloring dye the snow around it too, or did you only put enough just to dye the snow. How much food coloring did you need?
    I heard that if you put bubble in the fridge, and when they are old enough…take them out and blow them and if it’s like under 25 degrees they will freeze…I haven’t tried it because it hasn’t been cold enough yet.

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      I dyed the snow inside of a plastic bucket, so it didn’t dye the snow around it, but it definitely would have! I used a few drops per bucket and then mixed it with a huge spoon and my gloved hands. (Don’t use gloves that you don’t want stained!) That’s a cool idea with the bubbles… I’ll have to try that one.

  46. Daniel (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    that is so cool!!

  47. Julz (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    #SWAG
    Awesomeness

  48. Zoe (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Hi Jeanette. I love your blog. I used to blog too.That idea of yours was really creative! I hope I can use it sometime, but where I live it has only snowed twice in a century! :-( Hope snow comes this year though. Thanks again!

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Thanks for the nice compliment, Zoe. I’ll keep my fingers for a 50-year snow for you soon!

  49. Augustus (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    That is so AWESOME!!!!!

  50. LL (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    how adorbs

  51. lADYBUG (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    wow what inspired you to do that

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Hi lADYBUG: Hmm… inspiration…?? I suppose I found inspiration in the moment I was listening to information about school closures and heard a newscaster say, “this is REALLY GREAT packing snow.” I thought, “Well, I guess I’d better build something.” Then I thought it would be cool to build something specifically for the readers of this blog and the idea of a Discovery Globe (like the one in our logo) would be cool… but it would just look like a snowball without color… and then the idea of using food coloring to make it blue and green hit me.

  52. Aniston (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Hi Jeanette. I love how you did the snowman. Wish it would snow in Louisiana. Anyway, you’re very creative.

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Thanks, Aniston. Maybe you can make a different kind of sculpture.

  53. Joseph (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Hello Jeanette my name is Joseph. I’m 17 yrs. old and I’m a Art student here in Arizona. This will be my third year in art and I’m glad to see so many people in this world are creative in their own ways. If you were to make something for me it would be a a boot. I like Dr. Marten boots, they’re really cool. Hope to see or know you made my idea come to life, thank you for your time and have a great winter in that white paradise!

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      Hi Joseph. Okay, so here’s what I’m aiming for, so far, after the next good snowfall: a fort featuring a snowman watching TV and wearing a pair of Dr. Martens. I’m going to need the neighbor kids’ help.

      • Lillian (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

        I honestly would love to try that! But where I live the is only a few inches of snow. Do I need a lot of snow?

  54. Lillian (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    That’s so cool!!! I may try that for myself even though I may never get that much show where I am!!! Sweet!!! :D

  55. Sarah (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Awsome!

  56. Sarah (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    IT IS SO REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. tyler (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    its awesome.. but needs more fun games and more teen related stuff… like about more games and stuff…

  58. Owen (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Jeanette, I think that this discovery was a great finding. Thank-You for sharing this to the Discovery Education blog. Keep up the good work! And I’d love to see more of your blogging in the near future.

  59. Owen (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I really hope I’ll be able to use this idea, but unfortunately it rarely snows more than an inch in the location which I live in. Again, Thank-You for sharing!

  60. Sam (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    :-)

  61. SC (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    it never snows here LUCKY!!!!!!!!11

  62. Abbye (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Oh my gosh! You are so lucky that you had your snow to stick. Nice snowman, though!

  63. matthew (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I love snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • briana (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

      that is very cool!!!!!!!!!

  64. matthew (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I love building snowmen

  65. Alexis (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Good idea!

  66. Taylor (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    snow is my favorite

  67. Asia (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    How about a lady snowman,like with yarn hair or something?

  68. M (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Great Idea but i wish snow was gone and summer is here now no school and hello ice cream

  69. LB (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    good idea kid LOVE IT;)

  70. H (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    hello i like your snowman a lot thanks!

  71. H (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    we just had a snow storm! YAY!!!!

  72. Timothy (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Me to

  73. Tyler (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Wat up in charleston no snow but cold oooooohhhhhh that’s cold

  74. Timothy (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    The weather is very cool

  75. Andrew (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    that thing with the food coloring looks cool (;

  76. austin (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    hey guys im a new person on hear please reply and show me how to change my themes

  77. PDP (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    omg i will have to try that when i get some more snow down here in tennessee!!! :D

  78. Hailey (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Awesome Idea for the snow dye I love it

  79. Renee (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    Cool picture but what is the point?

  80. Abbye (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    I live in Memphis so I never get any snow. :(

  81. Elijah (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    cool

  82. brennna (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2013

    i love building snowmen :) though i don’t like snow that much