Here’s a fun winter project that combines math and art! Use geometric shaped pattern blocks to create beautiful snowflakes! There are so many possibilities, and a whole class can create them with no two alike. Young kids will enjoy this, but don’t underestimate the value of doing this with teens – they can create some awesome designs!
I thought about tracing our pattern blocks on white paper and cutting them out, but in order to SAVE TIME I did a quick search and found some to print! I printed them on card stock for durability and then cut them out. It was a lot of cutting, but not bad since it was all straight lines.
Here are the ones I printed: Pattern Block Printable (click on Pattern Blocks from this link)
Then we were ready to design snowflakes! The photo below shows the five shapes we used. We used Elmer’s glue and blue construction paper. I squirted the glue onto paper plates and gave the boys Q-tips for spreading it, which helped cut down on mess and overuse of glue.
It’s best to experiment with the snowflake design before gluing it down. If you start with a hexagon in the middle, it’s easy to create a 6 pointed snowflake, although you can create beautiful designs with other shapes as well.
This activity was such a win for all ages! Everyone was calm and happily designing snowflakes for a long time. Janie (2) had a wonderful time spreading the glue and gluing down random shapes on her paper.
Jonathan (5) created this snowflake all by himself.
This one is Owen’s (age 7):
And Gresham’s (age 10):
The next snowflakes were created by Aidan and I. Aidan is in 8th grade, and we discussed lines and angles while building these. For example, some pieces can be lined up accurately by making sure that you are creating a right angle or a straight line. So many geometric relationships can be discovered with this project!
Creating the snowflakes was also quite relaxing.
Have fun designing snowflakes! You might also enjoy our Geoboard Snowflakes project.