Let It Snow.

As my mind wandered off from behind my desk to the cold outside, I spotted the first snow flakes falling. Covering the skyline of the city with a white blanket and turning it in a snow castle. This phenomena brings a certain calm and quiet upon us.

It made me think of those snow globes with miniature figurines full of untold stories. During the last move I lost my snow globe, but no worries. With some Keynote skills we can recreate our own fantasy sphere.

Combining two or more domains from the Everyone Can Create curriculum elevates your creativity.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

All we have to do is combine some of the Everyone Can Create curriculum elements to bring this story to life.

Here is my story:

Open Keynote and start from a blank template.

Delete any of the text boxes.

Tap the plus sign on the top right and go to the shapes library.

Add a square to your slide and transform it into a rectangle that covers the whole slide.

Now add a big circle to the middle of your slide.

Select both the rectangle and the circle and tap on the paintbrush. Go to the Arrange section and tap on the subtract icon. This results into a mask with a whole in the middle.

TIP: For my example I wanted to give the globe a little bit of a frosted look. I created this by using a drop shadow and turning the color into white. Play a bit with the gliders to get the result you want.

Next you need to build the base. This can be done by adding three rectangles in different shapes.

TIP: To give the base a bit of a wooden, shiny feel I added a gradient to the shapes. You can give it a go for yourself by tapping on the shape, then tapping on the paintbrush and going to the Fill option.

At this point your globe is finished and all you need to do is put a little figure in it. This can either come from the shapes library or by creating something yourself. I choose to try the latter with the snowman.

In this last bit we are going to make the magic happen.

Add a decent amount of snow flakes outside of your slide design from the Shapes Library.

TIP: I added a white shadow to the snow flakes giving them that powdery look and feel.

Once you feel that there are enough snow flakes -can there ever be such a thing- select them all and group them.

Next tap on the first slide and choose Transition.

Select Magic Move. When you get asked the question to duplicate your slide, confirm with Yes.

Now go to the second slide and move all the snow flakes over to the bottom outside of the slide design area.

Tap Play and behold your winter wonderland story.

Going Further.

After creating this animated snow globe you can take your creativity even further by recording your own jingles in GarageBand and Live Loops to go with the snow falling down.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Everyone Can Create: Teacher Guide

Apple Teacher: Keynote for iPad Starter Guide

Apple Teacher: GarageBand for iPad Starter Guide


Have fun!