As the winter season approaches and the snow begins to fall, bring the beauty of fluffy white snow inside by making your own snowflakes. Each and every snowflake that falls from the sky is unique. Each one has intricate patterns and shapes.
Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, is a great book about a man named William Bentley. Snowflake Bentley, as he was called, studied snowflakes and discovered that each one was different and had its own shapes and patterns. He took hundreds of photographs of snowflakes and shared them with his family and friends. Check out the book from infoZone, a branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, located inside The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
Gather your supplies – round, white coffee filters (the larger the coffee filter, the larger your snowflake), scissors, string or yarn, tape.
Take one coffee filter and flatten it out on the table.
Fold the coffee filter in half and then in half again. Repeat one more time.
Use scissors to cut small shapes out of the coffee filter. Be careful to not cut completely through the folded edges.
Once you have cut out all of your desired shapes, put down your scissors and carefully open up the coffee filter. You now have a one-of-a-kind snowflake, just like the ones Snowflake Bentley photographed! Use string or yarn to hang your snowflakes or tape them to a window.
This fun activity provides an opportunity to discuss the science behind snowflakes. Parents can explain to their children how water droplets fall from clouds and freeze on the way down - forming the crystals we call snowflakes. Scissor use also helps small children with fine motor skill development.