Snowflakes are such a beautiful symbol of winter. You can even admire their intricate patterns with the naked eye. Physicist Wilson Alwyn Bentley was fascinated by them, and became one of the first people to photograph them back in the late 1800’s, capturing more than 5000 amazing images in his lifetime. He wrote numerous articles and books including Snow Crystals, and there’s even a children’s book chronicling his life, called Snowflake Bentley by Jaqueline Briggs Martin.
Another great resource for learning more about snowflakes is snowcrystals.com, where physics professor Kenneth Liebbrecht explores everything you need to know about them, offers great activities for kids, and ponders the question: Is it true that no two snowflakes are alike?
This should provide plenty of inspiration for making paper snowflakes. Just make sure the scissors you use are sharp, so cutting the paper is easier.
- sheets of square paper
Origami paper is great for making snowflakes because it comes in squares, so no cutting is required on your part. It also comes in a wonderful variety of patterns and colours. Newspaper, printer paper, and old wrapping paper are also great choices.
The following steps will enable you to make snowflakes with six sides, as they are found in nature.
Step 1 – Begin with a square piece of paper.
Step 2 – Fold it diagonally to form a triangle.
Step 3 – Fold the triangle in half.
Step 4 – Imagine the bottom of the triangle divided into thirds. Take the left side and fold it over to the “two thirds” point, while maintaining a point at the top.
Step 5 – Fold the right side over to the “one third” point.
Step 6 – Cut along the bottom edge to remove the small lower triangles. The upper part is used for making the snowflakes.
Allow children to cut notches and shapes along the length of the paper.
Through trial and error, they’ll gain an understanding of how to control the outcome, so you’ll need plenty of paper on hand 😉 .
There are also plenty of sites with patterns and templates like these ones: