Snowflakes

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 10, 2010

As I travel across the country for the third time in the last week, I can only imagine what my babies are doing to keep busy under the watchful eye of Aunt Sara. It was cold and raining when I left this morning, so I envision many little ones – eight to exact, including my two nephews – running around indoors, shirtless and shoeless, as my boys often are.

I have many ideas running through my head, as I begin to plan out the next several weeks of school, with my notebook here in front of me. Lessons, field trips, and many more wintery weather activities will take place, before the sun decides to stay out from behind clouds and begins to shine again.

When my plane was preparing for departure on the tarmac of the Denver runway the other day, I noticed that it began to snow. A beautiful sight for this California girl, who doesn’t much witness snowfall, let alone study snowflakes. I sat in awe as I began to really see the flakes of frozen water drawn to my window like magnets. Beautiful white specks, displaying the individuality of their Creator.

Snowflake

Sitting there I began to notice that, although each flake was unique and beautiful, each had six points – something I had known to be true, but was now witnessing first-hand. Of course, I immediately googled snowflakes and began reading about these little flakes.

Now, I vaguely remember being taught all about snowflakes when I was of elementary school age, but I just sat in awe of God and the little flakes of frozen water. Flakes that can blow through as a blizzard, trapping families in their homes. Flakes that, when falling ever so slightly, can be one of the most beautiful natural occurances.

It was at that moment, sitting there in my seat, that I decided that my children needed to see the beauty of snowflakes. A perfect topic for a fun wintery weather activity! I recalled how, when I was little, I was shown pictures of the remarkably shaped flakes and proceeded to recreate images of snowflakes by cutting shapes in to a folded piece of paper. Seems simple enough, but not living near the snow, it never really occurred to me how fun this would be to do with my own kids.

So, I decided that next week, when I am home from my travels, the kids and I will study snowflakes. If not real ones, the idea of them.

Have you done any fun snowflake activities, made any fabulous snowflake crafts, or had snowflake unit studies with your kiddos? I’d love to hear about them!

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Lynn February 11, 2010 at 10:27 am

LOVE IT! Thanks for being such an inspiration to working moms. Believe it’s very therapeutic when you are working to be thinking of ways to spend time with your children when you get home. I remember the snowflake lesson and learning that as Children of God, we are all unique as is a snowflake but the same in the we all face trials and tribulations in the blizzards of our lives.

Thanks for this post. Love finding positive messages in these somewhat turbulant times. :)

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Sheri January 29, 2014 at 6:09 pm

We love snow flakes here in Ohio and Snowflake Bentley is a great book to read while studying the beautiful creations!

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Lindsey Petersen February 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I would equate the “no 2 snowflakes look alike” to people. Looking at our similarities and differences should be fun. There are many ways we are different, but just as many ways that we are alike.
Lindsey Petersen
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Tracy @HallofFameMoms February 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I’m in Ohio and we have tons of snowflakes right now ;) – in the form of several feet deep piles and or drifts. Though I do appreciate them too, there are plenty here to share. Come and take all you want! (lol)

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Candace @ NaturallyEducational and @Mamanista February 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Beautiful post! Our craft:

Take three pipe cleaners (white, silver, or metallic blue works best) and twist at the middle.

Add clear, translucent blue, white, or silver beads of various sizes in a pattern on each stem.

Twist one end around a ribbon.

Twist the other ends and add a dab of glue to seal.

Voila–snowflakes!

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To Think Is To Create February 19, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Loved this post, we had a whole lesson on snowflakes after last weekend’s once in 20yr snow fall here in Charleston! :)

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Fr Gordon September 8, 2010 at 10:27 am

Is it okay to use the picture of the snowflake you have for one of my Catechism classes in talking about God and creation?

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