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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Snowflakes

We have snow!

This is pretty exciting news around here because where we live, it does not snow very often. Maybe once or twice each winter we’ll see an inch of snow … if that.

Well, with snow in the forecast and a school holiday, we had a Snowflake Day at home. We did several of these activities and may do a few more this week…

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  • Snowflake Pancakes … we started of the morning with these warm snowflake pancakes topped with strawberries and cream.
    1. Mix up regular pancake batter (whole wheat doesn’t work as well. It clogs the squeezy bottle.)
    2. Pour into a squeezy condiment-type bottle.
    3. Design your edible snowflakes!

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  • Read Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin … I had never read this book before and it’s pretty fascinating. It tells the story of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley who discovered how to take pictures of snowflakes.
    1. We actually got the read-along CD with the book from our library. It was fun to listen to with the kids.
    2. The story is a simple biography in story form with more detailed facts on the sides that you can read. Very interesting.

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  • Read The Art of the Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht or Snow Crystals by W.A. Bentley.
    1. These books are AMAZING. The are full of beautiful pictures of snowflakes. My whole family has loved looking through them.
    2. “Snow Crystals” is Snowflake Bentley’s own book of photographs that he had published just before he passed away.

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  • Fold and Cut Paper Snowflakes … After looking at the amazing snowflakes in the books, we had fun making our own.
    1. Use this tutorial to fold your paper to make a six-sided snowflake.
    2. This was a little tricky for my 4-year-old and my 2-year-old could not do it by herself. They ended up telling me where to cut, then they unfolded it!
      • TIP! Kelly from Little Wonders’ Days told me that they folded snowflakes with magazine pages which are much thinner and easier for younger kids to cut. Brilliant!!

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  • Make-a-Flake … this online game was a hit with all three of my kids.
    • Go here to play Make-a-Flake.
    • The computer folds a piece of paper for you.
    • Then you click to make the scissors cut out any design you like.
    • Click “Preview Flake” to see your snowflake.
    • Start over and make as many as you want!

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  • Marshmallow Snowflakes
    1. You’ll need large marshmallows, mini marshmallows & a box of toothpicks
    2. Poke 6 toothpicks into a large marshmallow
    3. Use the mini marshmallows to make a snowflake design.
    4. My kids liked eating the marshmallows afterwards Smile

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  •  Read Millions of Snowflakes by Mary McKenna Siddals … another great snowflake book.
    1. Cut out 5 small snowflakes.
    2. As you read, count out 1, then 2, then 3… snowflakes on a piece of black paper.
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My sister-in-law made these popsicle stick snowflakes with her cute kids. I think they turned out great! Thanks for the pictures Lindsey!

  • Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
    1. Crisscross and glue 3 craft sticks together with hot glue to form a 6-sided snowflake.
    2. Use sequins, jewels, glitter, stickers and even crayons on to make a unique snowflake.
    3. Hang up your snowflake to enjoy!

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  • Letter S Snowflake
    • Cut out a large S for each child from blue cardstock. Or print the letter S above (click, download, print) on blue paper.
    • Glue white cotton balls inside the bottom of the S to make a snowy ground
    • Stick white snowflake stickers inside the top of the S.

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  • Crystal Snowflakes … I’ve had this pinned on my Pinterest board for quite a while now. They grow overnight!
    • Cut 3 equal pipe cleaners and twist together to form a 6-sided snowflake.
    • Cut 6 small equal pipe cleaners and twist to the end of each side (see above)
    • Follow the tutorial here at Silver and Chalk. You suspend the pipe cleaners in a borax solution overnight to grow amazing snowflake crystals!

10 comments:

  1. What a great day! I love your snowflake pancakes and marshmallow structures. We used magazine pages a few weeks ago to make snowflakes and my 4 year old did pretty good. The paper isn't too thick for them to cut...

    Little Wonders' Days

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  2. Wow! What a fun, busy day!! Beautiful snowflake pancakes, paper snowflakes and crystal snowflakes!

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  3. Wow! What a fabulous flurry of snowflake fun! Thanks for including my Millions of Snowflakes in the mix...

    Mary McKenna Siddals
    www.siddals.com

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  4. You're sweet to add a link to that tip, thanks!
    Little Wonders' Days

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  5. What a fun theme. We love making the Borax crystals. We did that a couple of weeks ago.

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  6. So happy to have found you from the TGIF linky party!

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  7. So glad you shared this! Visiting from TGIF. I'd love to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

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  8. Your snowflake pancakes are AMAZING!! You have a steady hand!! Looks like a super fun week, Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

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  9. Love all of the snowflake activities. Need to find some boraz and try those crystals with my girls! Where do they sell boraz?

    Jen

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  10. Hey Jen, I found borax at Winco. It's a big box for only $3-$4. I'm guessing any place like Wal-Mart, Target (?) would have it.

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I love your comments! Feel free to leave a link if you've done any of these activities with your kids. I'd love to visit your blog!

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