Yesterday I was spending some quality grandma time with my first grade grandson making snowflakes.
I start with a little science lesson on snow...I like using this book:
and this applet from from the University of Wisconson and CIMSS
NOAA and Snow Crystals.com
I like to read Snowflake Bentley, the biography of the man who photographed snowflakes.
Then it is time to create....
start with a square
fold it diagonally
then in thirds
and cut across the top.
Martha Stewart has better pictures than mine....here.
Keep track of the center, and don't cut away all of any folded edge. Remember the more you cut, the lacier and more delicate your snowflake will be.
Is this too tough for 5-6 year old fingers? Try this:
Take your square, fold it in half
fold it in half again
fold it into a triangle and cut across the top.
Now start cutting little shapes and squiggles. Once again remember don't cut away all of the folded sides.
You could add to your these books reading list: