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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. 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.
Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.
Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.
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