We are continuing our Ricky the Raccoon story “Let is Snow!” from our current Ranger Rick Jr. magazine by doing the same activities that the animals did. Today we made the snowflakes. The kids really enjoyed this and made several as you can see from the picture of our back door.
So much learning occurred in this project. The kids worked on their fine motor skills when folding paper and cutting. We worked on shapes as they cut out different angles to form different shapes. We also talked about how cutting a triangle produces a diamond shape when the snowflake is opened. Cutting a square makes a rectangle and a semi-circle produces a large circle or oval.
After cutting, we talked about how each snowflake is different. Just like every snowflake is different, God made each of us different. We look different, have different abilities and interest. But God made us just the way He wants us.
Here are a few pointers that I learned in this activity:
-Don’t fold the paper too thick. The kids had trouble cutting through too many layers.
-At first I had to help Sweet Pea know where to cut. She wanted to cut the entire side off!
-Remind them to cut a short line and then cut again to meet that line.
-With younger kids have them make two cuts close together and then help by cutting the rest of the way.
-It didn’t take long before they both were doing it themselves.