Winter Crafts for Kids: Create a Symmetrical Snowflake

Here’s one of our favorite winter crafts for kids~ Creating Symmetrical Snowflakes! Children will be creating symmetrical snowflakes using common craft materials. This snowflake craft would be a great addition to any math lessons on symmetry or patterns!

 

Creating symmetrical snowflakes from common household items is a great way to combine learning and art!~ Buggy and Buddy

Welcome to the second day of our Winter Play Day Series! I am excited to be teaming up with five of my favorite kid bloggers to bring you 18 winter themed play ideas. I’ve linked my co-hosts’ amazing invitations at the end of this post. Be sure to check them all out when you are finished here. If you missed my first post in the series, be sure to check out our Winter Wonderland Small World. (This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.)

Winter Crafts for Kids: Creating Symmetrical Snowflakes~ Buggy and Buddy

Winter Crafts for Kids: Create a Symmetrical Snowflake

Every since learning about symmetry during our Finding Symmetry in Nature lesson, Lucy has been a symmetry spotting sleuth! I thought it’d be fun to introduce her to the amazing symmetry found in snowflakes. We checked out the book, The Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht, from our local library. We were just taken aback by all the gorgeous designs that can be found in snowflakes. 

Winter Crafts for Kids: Creating Symmetrical Snowflakes~ Buggy and Buddy

Seeing all the amazing photographs inspired us to create some symmetrical snowflake art!

Setting Up

I started by cutting some black construction papers into perfect squares. We cut out squares from sheets of 9 x 12 inch construction paper, but if you have 12 x 18 inch, that would allow for even larger designs!

printable hexagons

Since Lucy and I discovered by reading our library book that all snowflakes have six sides, I cut out some hexagons and glued one in the center of each black square. (Having a starting point with six sides really helps with creating rotationally symmetric designs.)

Free Hexagon Printable

Winter Crafts for Kids: Creating Symmetrical Snowflakes~ Buggy and Buddy

Next I gathered up as many white and silver crafting supplies from around the house as I could find. I ended up using white pompoms (you could also use cottonballs), cotton swabs (both regular length and some cut in half), silver doilies cut into various shapes, and silver twist ties I found in a box of garbage bags. I also used a paper punch to cut our some hearts and stars from various scraps of paper. 

I placed all the crafting supplies in a tray on the table, along with some glue. 

Winter Crafts for Kids: Creating Symmetrical Snowflakes~ Buggy and Buddy

We were ready to begin! We started by gluing 6 of the same objects around the hexagon and worked out from there.

Winter Crafts for Kids: Creating Symmetrical Snowflakes~ Buggy and Buddy

Lucy made quite a few  snowflakes, but this was her favorite!

Winter Crafts for Kids: Creating Symmetrical Snowflakes~ Buggy and Buddy

Tips:

  • When creating a layer of the snowflake, it helped to first place the crafting items on the paper to make sure they fit before gluing.
  • Don’t leave out the toddlers! Although Theo isn’t quite ready to create symmetrical snowflakes, he had a blast creating his snowy own art!

Toddler Craft for Winter

Have you made any winter themed art yet this year?

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More Winter Play Days

We’ll be back Thursday with our final contribution to the winter play series. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the creative winter play ideas from the other participating blogs!

So long, Snowman. Make a Snow Horse Instead! From Nothing if Not Intentional

Snowy Pinecones Kids Craft from My Nearest and Dearest

Pretend Snow Sensory Play with Trains from Play Trains!

Sparkly Snowflake Winter Play Dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Winter Fine Motor Play with Styrofoam “Snowballs” from Fun-A-Day!

 


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Comments

  1. Chelsey, what an amazing activity!! I remember your finding symmetry in nature post. I loved that one and what a fun way this is to build on Lucy’s understanding of symmetry. And that book looks beautiful! I’ll have to look for that one next time we’re at the library (or maybe I’ll buy it!).
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  2. These are absolutely awesome, Chelsey! I cannot wait to try them out in preschool later on this month. :)
    Mary Catherine recently posted…Winter Fine Motor Play with Styrofoam “Snowballs”My Profile

  3. We made a snowman plate and did some other activities but I have a snowman toilet paper craft that we are going to do this weekend and one with cotton balls. I might have to switch to this one because it looks fun!! We read a different snow book so I will have to look up this one :)
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  4. I love how you included Theo too! Very cool for both of them!
    Rachael at Nothing if Not Intentional recently posted…Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Simple and Playful Ice ExperimentsMy Profile

  5. What a great idea, the white really pops on the black backgrounds. Visiting from I Can Teach My Child linky. :)
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