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Snowflakes!

We don’t get much snow here in the high desert, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have snow INSIDE!

Great project for the kids to see the sparkle of winter!

Materials:

  • Printer paper – white
  • Construction paper – any color
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft bowl
  • Glitter – white, silver, light blue or green

Instructions:

  1. Fold the printer paper in half four time without unfolding between each fold. The resulting shape will look like a pizza slice.
  2. For older kids, let them cut out the snowflake designs themselves. For younger kids, cut out the designs for them and let them see the magic when you unfold it.
  3. Put glue in a small craft bowl. Let your child use their fingers to spread the glue all over the construction paper. There’s no need for them to be very specific for this project. A big gluey circle is good enough. =)
  4. Glue the snowflake to the construction paper.
  5. Have your child then use their hands or fingers to dab glue on the snowflake.
  6. Sprinkle glitter all over the snowflake while singing “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”
  7. Shake off excess glitter and allow to dry.
  8. Cut around the snowflake shape, leaving a small bit of color around the snowflake.

Suggested project uses

This project can be used in the following ways:

  • Hang in the windows for the sun to catch the glitter and to give your house a great winter pizzazz!
  • Instead of using glitter, you can use other material to decorate your snowflakes: sequin, stickers, noodles, string, rhinestones, scrap paper shapes, markers, crayons, glitter pens… The possibilities are endless! 
  • The great thing about this project is you can’t go wrong, so experiment and see where it takes you!
  • Whatever you use this project for, remember to proudly display your child’s masterpiece!

Discussion suggestions:

Here is a list of things you can talk about while doing this project with your child:

  • What is snow? Where does snow come from? Why does it snow/not snow in your area?
  • You can use the idea of snow to relate to concepts of hot and cold.
  • Discuss with older children how snowflakes are symmetrical and formed by crystals.
  • Talk about the characteristics of snow.

Skillset

While working on this project, your child will be practicing the following skills:

  • Fine motor 
  • Eye-Hand Coordination 
  • Imagination and Creation
  • Science Opportunity!
  • Seasons and weather