Snowflakes

Can you see the snowflakes?

We woke to white outside this morning.  Just a little dusting but the kids were wildly excited!  On the way back from dropping my daughter at school my son kept repeating – it’s a winter wipe-out!  I think he meant it’s a winter wonderland but I didn’t correct him.  He also wanted to have a competition to see who could see the most snow…  Guess who won!

The best way to enjoy the snow is to bundle-up and go outside, explore and use your imagination.  But here are a few ways to also celebrate the snowy season INSIDE…

Indoor Snow Activities…

  1. Bring the snow inside!  You can gather some snow in a large bowl or bucket and make snow balls or mini snow men.  You can pack it into cups or molds and have fun watching it melt in your nice warm house!  This is a great activity for the really young but older kids will enjoy it too!
  2. You can also make paper snow-flakes.  We probably all know how to fold paper to make the eight sided flakes but how about making more accurate six sided ones!  I have included a printable folding pattern because it can be a bit trickier!  Click here to print: 6 sided paper snowflake template.  To see a few of my snowflake cut-outs check-out my post about Nor’esters.

Also check-out some of the amazing books by Kenneth Libbrecht.  He is the leader in the science and photography of snowflakes.  If you haven’t seen any of his books you are in for a real treat!  The photographs are amazing!

The Secret Life of a Snowflake is the one children’s book in his collection.  We currently have this booked checked out of the library.  It has some great photos and also basic scientific information about snow and snowflakes.  Including the fact that if it is really cold instead of “snowflakes”, 6 sided ice columns form (have you ever noticed these?)!

Kenneth Libbrecht’s Field Guide to Snowflakes

The Art of the Snowflake: A Photographic Album

 

Ann

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14 comments

  1. I love paper snowflakes.. .. I had two posts about making paper snowflakes last December. The easy inaccurate ones included, but I had fun! :)
    Envious of your white dust! We haven’t had any yet. Oh well …

  2. Okay. Just requested Secret Life of a Snowflake from ye olde library. We’ll have to get some of his other books when we’re there- and thanks for the snowflake printout. Happy Winter Wipeout!

    • Great – I must confess that about 2/3 thought I noticed I was reading it to myself. You’re welcome and Happy Winter Wipeout back at ya!

    • The first time each year is pretty magical I must admit – it does get old fast especially if you get too much (for the adults who have to shovel, etc). It is always great for kids!

  3. Your post today might be the perfect antidote to my post! I have been having such bad cabin fever lately, and today we had snow too, but it was basically slushy, and too wet and cold to bring Simon out. If it is the same way tomorrow, I just might try bringing some inside!

    • I felt so bad – I told my son he could go out after he was finished wearing his eye patch and by then it was all gone – mean mommy! Honestly I have to use anything and everything I have to get him to wear that thing – he just hates it! I’m sure there with be many other opportunities to play in the snow this winter for both of us!

  4. I need to get The Secret Life of a Snowflake too! Plus I love how your son calls it a Winter Wipeout. It is like wiping everything clean! You are lucky to get snow. Still waiting here in MA (not including the pre-Halloween snow dump that cut off our electricity for 4 days … that was not quite winter yet!).

    • It made everything white but by midday it was gone! I remember that storm we had rain and lost power too but 4 days – did you have heat?!!!

  5. JUST LOVE SNOW & SNOWFLAKES (& SNOWMEN REAL OR OTHER) AND THIS POST.
    THANKS FOR INTRODUCING KENNETH LIBBRECHT, MUST GET HIS BOOKS. THEY SOUND WONDERFUL. YOUR POSTS ABOUT ALL THE SIMPLE PRICELESS THINGS ALWAYS REMIND THAT LIFE IS SO WONDERFUL. THANKS SO MUCH.

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