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How is snow made?


How is snow made?

What to do with this activity?

How is snow made? Why does it sometimes snow gently and sometimes come down as hail stones? 

Find answers to lots of questions on the UK Met Office website here.

Does your child know that there are lots of different textures of snow and why some snow is better for making snow balls or snow men, and other snow for skiing? Have a look at this article to find out what kind of snow is best for each? 

The Inuit, and other native peoples from the cold far north, have many different words for snow. For instance "aput" for SNOW ON THE GROUND; "qana" for FALLING SNOW; "piqsirpoq" for DRIFTING SNOW; and "qimuqsuq" for a SNOWDRIFT. It shows how important snow is to them.


  • Why am I doing this?

    Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.

  • How can I do more?

    Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
    Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing. 

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