Even though we live in Texas where we rarely have snow, I love snowflakes and snow activities! Maybe it’s because I was born in the northeast (PA). In Texas we mostly get ice if we get any winter weather at all. But snowflakes are so fascinating! It’s fun to explore the science behind them, and it’s fun to design snowflakes of your own. Here’s a collection of snowflake activities for elementary ages kids (ages 5 to 10), but middle schoolers will enjoy some of these too. They make think they are “too old,” but the reality is that they will be capable of making some really cool designs.
We’ll start with one of our favorite materials… LEGO! You’ll be amazed at how many different LEGO snowflakes kids can design and build.
Perler Beads also work well for designing beautiful snowflakes. Check out our Perler Bead Snowflake Designs.
And of course paper snowflakes are always a must-do activity. Here’s a post on how to cut and fold awesome paper snowflakes.
Give paper snowflakes a really colorful twist by making them out of origami paper – origami paper snowflakes.
Making pattern block snowflakes is another of my favorite winter activities. This is a fabulous open-ended art idea for kids of all ages.
Use white rubber bands and a geoboard to create beautiful geoboard snowflakes.
Grab some popsicle sticks and make your own popsicle stick snowflake building kit. Put magnets on the pieces if you want and make it magnetic – we used a magnetic white board as a building surface.
Make beaded pipe cleaner snowflakes from Early Learning Ideas. These are adorable!
Here’s a different type of pipe cleaner snowflakes from The Best Ideas for Kids. Beautiful!
Do some science! Grow some borax crystal snowflakes. A fun science activity from Little Bins for Little Hands.
Learn how to make coffee filter snowflakes from Happy Hooligans.
Here are some snowflakes you can eat! Make some cinnamon sugar snowflakes from Happy Hooligans.
Have fun creating snowflakes!