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What to do with this activity?

Most children love snow, but have they ever looked closely at a snowflake? Snowflakes are crystallized water droplets and they are beautiful. You can really only see how beautiful they are under a microscope, or in photographs. If it snows, catch a snowflake on a dark coat and look at it with a magnifying glass - you might begin to see the shape. 

Most snowflakes are six sided and are symmetrical. That means that one side is the mirror image of another. Look at these photographs of snowflakes that were taken by Wilson Bentley way back in 1902. Have a look at this video of ice crystals forming on this frozen bubble - it's in slow motion so you can see how they are six-sided.

Find out from First Palette how to cut out some beautiful snowflake shapes from white paper. You can use them as Christmas decorations. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.

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