The Right Way to Make a Paper Snowflake: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

January 9, 2012

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht

Why we love this book:

The photos in this science book are some of the most amazing and beautiful we’ve ever seen. Kenneth Libbrecht, the author, is a scientist who studies and photographs snowflakes under a microscope. The photos are nothing less than spectacular.

The book is easy to read and yet packed with information about how snowflakes are made. From this book, we learned that all snowflakes begin as a tiny hexagon. As the snowflake grows the corners of the hexagon grow a bit faster than the sides. Did you know that ALL snowflakes have six branches, never four, five, seven or eight. Always six!

You know what that means? Most of us grew-up folding paper snowflakes incorrectly. I was taught to fold a snowflake resulting in eight branches. Ooops! Fortunately Libbrecht teaches us how to make a paper snowflake correctly.

The Right Way to Make a Paper Snowflake!

Step 1: Fold your paper in half.

Step 2: Hold your paper in half again.

Step 3: Fold into thirds.

Step 3: Fold the last side into thirds.

Step 4: Cut along bottom of triangle.

Step 5: You’re ready to cut a snowflake!

Step 6: Cut the branches of your snowflake.

  • Be careful as you cut to leave portions of the fold intact.
  • Use your imagination. NO two snowflakes are the same!

Step 7: Carefully unfold your snowflake.

Step 8: Admire your beautiful snowflake!

Mommy tried cutting a snowflake as well. However, eight-year-old, MacGyver is better at following directions than I am. His actually has a tiny hexagon in the middle of his design like a real snowflake.

Then MacGyver, also known as Edward Scissors Hands, went to work making more and more snowflakes.

Many of you have gotten to know MacGyver very well. So it will be no surprise to you that he made a mini snowflake following the same directions.

Tiny hexagon snowflake just like the ones we saw in the book.

Chances are these are the only snowflakes we’ll see this winter here in South Texas. These and the other twenty MacGyver made!

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Both MacGyver and I find this book totally fascinating! And now it can be yours!

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Does it snow in your neck of the woods? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, January 12, 2012

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, January 13, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

Link to Kenneth Libbrecht’s website with photos and information about snowcrystals.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Cammie Talley January 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I love the snow! Unfortunately, we get more ice here in NB than snow when and if it gets bad enough. However, my 5 yr old just loves stories about snow and snowflakes, so he would love this book!

CJ January 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Paper snowflakes are the only ones that we are likely to see in our neck of the woods too. My daughter would love this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Natalie January 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Those snowflakes are beautiful, and the books look awesome. It doesn’t ever snow here in Silicon Valley.

Tiffany January 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Hey! Usually get lots if snow here. We’re right in the lake effect area. But so far this year only one good snow and a green Christmas.

Diana January 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Raised in Wisconsin when I was young!!!!! So I have seen the ultimate snowflakes!! My kids already love to make paper snowflakes!! Would be alot of fun and enjoyment to receive this book!! Wish it would snow more in Southern Illinois!!

Jackie January 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

Usually we get a decent amount of snow. This year has been weird. It seems that winter has not hit St. Louis yet. It has been in the 60s and 70s. It’s supposed to get cold this week, though so we’ll see!

maryanne @ mama smiles January 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

That book sounds amazing! It usually snows in our neck of the woods, but this winter has been snow-free, ever since our strange October snowstorm!

Tara January 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

We’re in GA so when it snows an inch the boys think it’s wonderful!

Kaija Johnson January 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

I have some great childhood memories of snow in Uvalde, believe it or not. It snowed big time when I was younger, and we made a big snowman, and it also snowed a coupld times when I was in high school. We got out of class to make trouble in it. Great fun!

MamaGames January 10, 2012 at 11:21 am

Yes, it definitely snows in our neck of the woods, though we haven’t had a snowfall big enough for snowmen and sledding yet this season!

Merelyn - Real Kid Friendly January 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Yes, we usually get lucky at least twice a year with angle-deep snow and we LOVE it!!

Jessy at Our Side of the Mountain January 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

It USED to snow here in Maine! ;) There’s still plenty of time, but we’ve only gotten about 18 inches total this year and 12 of that was the night before Halloween which melted away in a few days! I would love this book!

Mom and Kiddo January 11, 2012 at 5:10 am

We love the snow but we have not had a single flake yet this season! The kids are desperate to do sledding.

Tiffany January 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

Most years we do not get to experience snow. This book is so cool. Next time I am at our local library I will ask them to order this. We would love to have our own copy though!

Kendra January 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Snow comes in blizzards here in Ky one year and the next we may see very little! My son discovered the beauty of snowflakes last winter. We are excited about the possability of some flakes around here

Eunice January 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I have heard that it snows here in KY, but this is our first winter here and have only seen one SHORT flurry so far!

kim & family January 11, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Here in the Pacfic Northwest (Western WA State), we can go either way with snow. Hope we get some, but chances are slim.

Alicia OHVA_Soccer_Mom January 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm

It’s suppose to snow here in southeastern Ohio, yet this winter it has only snowed once! : ( I WANT A BLIZZARD!!!!!!!!!!

Steph @ MomKaboodle January 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Yep, we’re in the Northeast, so it generally snows here a ton. It’s a surprisingly warm/dry-ish winter so far, though (knock on wood!).

Honestly, I don’t know how many of us are ready for snow after having about 7 feet of it for weeks on end last winter!

Loving the gorgeous snowflakes that you made!

kewkew January 12, 2012 at 6:54 am

We USUALLY get snow in our neck of the woods (PA). This year we have not had more than a few inches at a time and it melts away within a few days. The children would love some more snow.

Gretta January 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

We live in Alabama so we typically don’t get snow like other places do but today they are actually predicting a light snow (dusting) for our area! Thanks for the chance to win so we can make our own snow when we don’t get any. :)

bamagv at aol dot com

Anna@The Measured Mom December 9, 2013 at 5:14 am

I am anxious to try this tutorial with my five year old who is always frustrated when his snowflakes don’t turn out right! I featured it as part of my roundup today. Fitting as we have a huge dumping of snow this morning :)

Jeannine December 9, 2013 at 7:52 am

How exciting – REAL SNOW! We rarely get treated with snow here in South Texas. It is cold today, but NO snow.

At 5, your son will need a bit of help to get the folding sequence down, but then he will be ready to cut “real” snowflakes.

Doug LeMaster November 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Some years we are luck and get 1 to 2 feet, other years a dusting with very cold and ice or wet.

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