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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.
Find out from First Palette how to cut out some beautiful snowflake shapes from white paper. You can use them as Christmas decorations.
Children improve their language by hearing how words are used in everyday life. Chatting to your child helps build their communication skills. Getting your child to tell you stories or explain things, helps them to put ideas in the right order. This is an important skill for listening and speaking.
When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.
But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”
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