A couple of years ago we got Kenneth G. Libbrecht‘s Field Guide to Snowflakes book out of the library and I was fascinated. After a few failed attempts at capturing our own flakes and getting them under a microscope we moved on from the topic for that winter.
Last winter we augmented our usual kirigami snowflake cutting by doing up a large 3-d snowflake craft to help decorate for the holidays.
This winter we’ve been participating in a homeschooler group that North York Central Library has been hosting (Wednesday afternoons 1:30-3pm for those who want to stop by — thanks Janet & Sharon) and for our first two weeks we picked Snow and Winter as our theme. A highlight for me was when I made a giant kirigami flake out of some flipboard paper and my daughter wore it as a necklace, and then later as a skirt. It reminded me of this ballerina snowflake craft (note: even though they said the craft was only for Moms, I looked past their discrimination) I had come across (which we’ve done too).
If you haven’t seen any of Ken’s books, or his informative website over at SnowCrystals.com, I suggest you look into them, even if you just hit up his kids activity page. I made a tumblr post back in Dec that included a bunch of animated gifs that their lab made showing the crystals forming too. I’ll include below a list of some other books and resources that can further your journey on learning about snowflakes and the fun to be had with them.
- SnowDays has an online snowflake tool where you can design what you’re going to cut out and see it all un-folded for you.
- Anthony Herrera has some amazing Star Wars themed paper snowflakes
- My Goodreads snow shelf (and winter shelf) has a bunch of books on it, The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder, and the classic picture book A Snowy Day.