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Observe Snowflakes

Investigate the many shapes and sizes of snowflakes with a magnifying glass.

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Participant Age: 7 to 12
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  • Black construction paper
  • Magnifying glass
  • Snowflakes
Freeze paper.

Freeze a piece of black construction paper.


Gather snow.
Let some snow fall on the paper.
Look at the flakes with a magnifying glass.

Here are some cool facts about snowflakes:

  • Snowflakes are made up of tiny bits of ice called crystals.
  • These crystals grow around tiny bits of dust in the clouds.
  • When these crystals stick to each other, they become snowflakes. Some snowflakes have as many as 200 crystals.
  • Snowflakes come in many different shapes. Some look round like plates; others look pointy like stars.

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