12 Days of Christmas- Activity 11: Examine Snowflakes!

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12 Days of Christmas- Activity 11: Examine Snowflakes!

Have you ever heard that no two snowflakes are alike? Why not examine them and see with your own eyes if it’s true?

What you need:

Black construction paper
A magnifying glass

Instructions:

1. Do this activity on a snowy day. Put a piece of black construction paper outside where it’s cold, but not where it will get snowed on. Let the paper chill for 15 minutes.

2. Catch snowflakes on the paper and look at them under a magnifying glass. What do you notice? Are they all different from one another?

Did you know? Snowflakes are actually six-sided ice crystals, ones that are created in clouds when the temperature is below freezing. In order for you to have good snow for snowmen and snowball fights, the air has to stay cold as the snowflakes fall. Otherwise, the ice crystals will melt. If the air is too cold throughout the snowflake’s descent, however, the snow will not stick together well enough for snowballs.


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