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Paper Snowflakes

Grade: 2 & up   •   Age: 6+   •  Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt®]

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They're simple and fun to do, so why not make some colorful paper snowflakes this winter?

They make great window decorations, they can be attached to Christmas gifts or you can hang them from your Christmas tree. You could even make snowflake jewelry. All you need to do is spray a protective coating over your finished paper masterpiece.

Challenge yourself by folding the paper into eights or even sixteenths.

What You Need:

  • Paper (make sure it is square).
  • Scissors (and some adult help for the littles).

What You Do:

  1. Get a square piece of paper or trim a piece of paper so that it is square.

  2. Fold your square in half diagonally (have a look at the picture).

  3. Fold your triangle in half - again diagonally (look at the picture above).

  4. Fold paper in thirds ... one side to the front, the other to the back.

  5. Trim the extra piece of paper off the end of your small triangle.

  6. Around the outside of your triangle, cut some fun designs -- circles, squares, triangles, squiggles ... anything goes.

  7. Unfold your paper and look at your masterpiece.

  8. Voila! A snowflake to hang in your window.

Another Idea:

Gail Guzzardo is a Special Education Teacher in Santee, CA. One her favorite ways to make snowflakes is to use coffee filters instead of construction paper. They are very cheap and the students can do lots of then and there is no prep for teachers.

More Snowflakes:

Click here for lots of printable snowflake pattern templates.

Recommended Books:

Snowflakes for all Seasons
by Cindy Higham
"Snowflakes for all Seasons" brings back this fun activity with designs for all seasons and most holidays. You'll find heart snowflakes for Valentines day, shamrocks for St. Patrick's day , birds and flowers for spring, the Liberty bell for the 4th of July, fall leaves, ghosts, spiders, and pumpkins for Halloween, pilgrims for Thanksgiving, Christmas trees, bells, candles etc. for Christmas, snowmen and lots of fun traditional snowflakes...

Easy to Make Decorative Paper Snowflakes
by Brenda Lee Reed
Individual pattern sheets and complete instructions for folding and cutting over 60 beautiful paper snowflakes.

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