Family Matters: Snowy Projects (Even If There’s No Snow)
Friday, February 10, 2012
Part 1: Books
Read Snowflake Bentley (Caldecott Medal Book) by Jacqueline Briggs, illustrated by Martin Mary Azarian. This is the true story of Wilson Bentley, a farmer born in 1865 in Jericho, Vermont, a small town between Lake Champlain and Mount Mansfield. The story shows Bentley’s fascination, determination, and success in learning how to photograph snowflakes after his mother gave him a microscope when he was fifteen. Beautiful, bold woodcut illustrations.
Read more books about snow and winter from the Kidoinfo book list.
Part 2: Crafts
Here are some of my favorite snow-inspired crafts:
Think of snowy Hoth. Make Star Wars themed snowflakes.
Quill a snowflake from paper strips.
Make an indoor snowstorm using Avery labels and dental floss.
Make a snow globe from old glass jars, greens, plastic toys, distilled water, glitter, and glycerin.
Make window cling snowflakes with glue and glitter.
Collage a snowman using paper, old magazines, buttons, sequins, sticks and old ribbons. Inspired by Snowballs by Lois Ehlert.
Part 3: Science
Learn about the seven basic snowflake shapes here.
Make crystallized snowflakes with Borax, hot water and pipe cleaners.
Learn the science behind the Borax crystals.
Part 4: Food
Bake and decorate snowflake cookies.
Make a tortilla snowflake snack. Fold and cut tortillas as you would paper snowflakes, coat with a little oil or butter. Dust with cinnamon or, bake first and dust after with confectioners sugar!
Part 5: Snow outside!
Build a snowman.
Go sledding (in Rhode Island).
Catch snowflakes on black paper and look at with a magnifying glass before they melt.
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