Nature Study: Snowflakes


Why not have your little artists create beautiful snowflakes using a fun process of creating painted paper, while learning about the unique characteristics of snowflakes.

Did you know a snowflake starts as a tiny grain of dust or pollen floating in a cloud. Water vapor from the air sticks to the grain and freezes, forming into a tiny hexagonal crystal. From there, more vapor condenses on the crystal as it travels to the ground, and the snowflake’s “arms” take shape.

Supplies Needed:

• Construction Paper

• Painted Paper – Tempera or Acrylic Paint on Paper

• Glue, Scissors

Step One: Creating Painted Paper

Start by creating painted paper. This is such a fun step!

Check out how we create painted paper in our art studio. Let Dry overnight.

Step Two: Assembling the Snowflake

Use a square piece of construction paper. Cut painted paper into strips.

1. Use 2 long strips of painted paper and create a “+” in the center of the construction paper. Next, add a “X” over the “+” strips. Once strips are laid out, glue down onto the construction paper. 2. Cut additional strips into shorter pieces and glue down at the ends of the “X” and “+” longer strips creating a radiating pattern. Once the strips of paper are glued down, cut around the snowflake pattern leaving a border of the construction paper around the painted paper strips.

Keep on Creating!

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  • Reply
    January 4, 2022 at 10:14 am

    When you are gluing your painted paper collages, do you use liquid glue? How do you get the paper to stick solidly? When I have my studets dab dots of glue on their paper, it inevitably leaks and gets sticky. Any tips? Thank you for all of your inspiring art and advice!

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      January 16, 2022 at 12:14 pm

      I use a sponge placed in a container that has glue in it. I tap my pieces of paper on the sponge it works amazing for little ones. No spills. 🙂

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