1-2-3 Come Snip Some Snowflakes With Me
During the last few days before Christmas break, we took down all of our December bulletin boards and hallway displays featuring my students' work.
Because everything looked so bare, I always liked to do a craftivity on party day, that we could hang up for January. "Snippy, the 2D Snowflake", is perfect for that.
When it comes to practicing our scissor skills, is there any cutting activity more fun than snipping a paper snowflake?
My Y5s absolutely LOVE making them, as there seems something almost magical about gently unfolding their creation, to reveal a lovely lacy snowflake.
With that in mind, I designed Snippy, the Shapely Snowflake Snowman, as a way to practice and review 2D shapes.
Although they look pretty awesome, they are no more difficult than cutting a regular paper, just follow my simple directions.
If you opt to just make a regular snowflake, using coffee filters, instead of paper, is much easier for PK kiddos to cut.
The more "chunks" you snip, the more intricate your snowflake. Snipping chunks in the various 2D shapes, will also help reinforce this Common Core Standard.
I show my kiddos how to cut squares, rectangles, circles, triangles, a diamond rhombus, as well as a heart.
Although each snowflake will be unique, just like real ones, the various shapes will be the same for everyone.
Those snowflakes then becomes Snippy's body, with the hatbands stating the name of the shape.
Even if you choose not to do this as a whole-group, listening and following directions craftivity, make a set for a lovely "Winter Wonderland Wall", to use as shape review.
The packet includes directions, patterns and photographs of the folded steps, plus pictures of the completed projects.
Before we make our snowflakes, I read Snip Snip Snow by Nancy Poydar. It’s one of my favorite snowflake books and my Y5’s really enjoy it.
They always asked if they can make a snowflake too, which provides the perfect segue to our paper cutting activities.
For almost all of them, this is a first-time experience, so they are extremely excited to begin. To save time, you can prefold the paper for little ones, otherwise you can do the folding portion as a "monkey-see, monkey-do" following direction activity.
While you are demonstrating, remind students to keep their snowflake folded and to have a space in-between each cut or they will have a snowflake with big holes that will likely fall apart.
I always had a few kiddo's who got caught up in snipping and failed to follow directions. For this reason, it’s a good idea to run off a few extra shapes.
I hope your kiddos have a blizzard of fun as they snip snip away. The results are truly amazing!
Finally, while researching paper snowflakes, I came across the lovely idea of using a snowflake as a paper tutu for a ballerina, over at Krokotak What little princess wouldn't want to make one of these!
There's also a connet-the-dots snowflake over at Calvary Kids with numbers to 78.
The featured FREEBIE today is another shape craftivity. I call them snowman name stackers.
They are a quick, easy and fun way to practice name recognition, letters, circles, squares and rectangles.
My kiddos also make these before break, so that we can hang them on our lockers.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be watching Kaiden (3) and Kaitlyn (1) today.
My grandchildren are certainly rainbows in my life.
Maybe we'll make some snowflakes and attach them to the packages that still need wrapping. Wishing you "fun-tastic" day.
"Good friends are like snowflakes. Each different and beautiful in their own way." -Unknown