Snowflake Study

Each flake that falls can offer your child an inspiring lesson in geometry and art.
By Robin Smith
Nov 06, 2012

Ages

6-7

Outside playing with snow flurries

Nov 06, 2012

What you need:

  • Light blue construction paper
  • Pencil
  • White glue
  • Crystal glitter
  • Scissors
  • Close-up photos of snowflakes
  • Hole punch

What to do:

  1. Explain to your child that each snowflake has a unique design, but all snowflakes are hexagons — they each have six sides and six points.
     
  2. Find photos or drawings of hexagon shaped snowflakes to study. (Try a library book or search Google Images.)
     
  3. Let your child pick one of the snowflakes you find, then have him draw it with a pencil on the light blue paper.
     
  4. Outline the snowflake with glue. 
     
  5. While the glue is still wet, lightly sprinkle crystal glitter on the glue. Allow it to dry.
     
  6. Cut out the snowflake. Punch a hole at the top, and have him hang it in a window for a snowy display. Make a bunch to create a storm!
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