...or at least these are the best that I have ever made by a long shot. Today I took our fall leaves down and put up a bunch of these. Before when I've made paper snowflakes they always turned our square and weird looking. Now I've learned some tricks to making beautiful round ones.
Real snowflakes have symmetry 6 ways because of their crystal structure, so you want fold the paper six ways.
It also helps a lot if you use coffee filters.
We don't drink coffee, but I picked up a pack of 100 coffee filters at the store yesterday for about 80 cents. Coffee filters have a two main things going for them...they're thinner than regular paper, and they're already cut into perfect circles for you...guaranteed no more square shaped snowflakes.
All you need are some coffee filters (or other tissue paper), scissors, and an iron (although the iron is optional. Here's how you do it.
Now you can go hang them in your window. I just used scotch tape. If you're having your first real snow of the year like we are, then they just might match the landscape. (There's a lot more snow on the ground now, than when I took these this afternoon.) If you're in one of the warmer parts of the country, these are still a fun activity to do with the kids to get in a wintery mood.
And lest you think these turned out well because I'm some genious of paper cutting...here are the ones my kids made.
(Sorry about the flash photography, but I forgot to take a picture earlier. And while the window has seen cleaner days...those are snowflakes you're seeing, not the kids' window smudges.)
Most of them were made by this little snow princess, age 5.
The one on the top right was made by Little Brother, age 3. I folded the filter paper for them and then let them do their own cutting. They did much better with the cutting than I expected, but they did have a little trouble taping them up...and hence a few missing snowflake points.
I recommended this book yesterday, but I'll mention it again here since it goes so well with this activity. My kids' love I am Snow by Jean Marzollo It's an awesome book about snow for the kindergarten and preschool crowd.