Square pieces of paper (recycled, new, plain or with a pattern, any color you like), scissors
15 – 60 minutes
- Fold your paper diagonally to create a triangle
- Fold your paper in half to create a smaller triangle (make sure your two pointy corners meet)
- Fold your triangle in half one more time to create an even smaller triangle
- Begin cutting curvy lines, triangles and shapes around the outer sides of your folded triangle, experimenting with different shapes and sizes
- Gently unfold your paper and enjoy your new snowflake!
- Keep experimenting with different shapes by cutting one shape into each snowflake (only triangles or half circles, for example), then experiment with different shapes in the same snowflake.
How is your snowflake similar to one that fall from the sky when it snows? How is it different? How many different patterns do you think there are in snowflakes?
How much of your local water supply is dependent on snowfall every year?
You can find your local watershed here: http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/locate/index.cfm
Did you know that snowflakes always have six sides? Or that it is believed that no two snowflakes are exactly alike?
- Imagine snowflakes large enough to see the details of with the naked eye. How might our world look after a good snowfall if all of the flakes were the size of pancakes?
- You can make colorful snowflakes by using colored paper or by designing your own paper before folding and cutting it!
This activity is part of a series of low cost, hands on activities that can be used by anyone who has a passion for nature and who believes that a child’s time spent in nature is not only important, but necessary. Each activity was either created by me or gathered from a variety of sources. You can find the complete list of all of the activities on my Environmental Ed tab.