Week at a Glance
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Ken Libbrecht’s Field Guide to Snowflakes
- Tutorial “The Right Way to Make a Paper Snowflake”
- Ten Little Snowflakes Song Adaptation and FREE printable book
- Snowflake arts and crafts
- Disney’s Frozen – Movie Review
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Ken Libbrecht’s Field Guide to Snowflakes
Why we love this book:
Books under the Christmas Tree are a must! Ken Libbrecht’s science books about snowflakes feature some of the most amazing and beautiful photos 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.
Last Year, I featured Libbrecht’s spectacular book The Secret Life of a Snowflake.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! If you are looking for a Christmas Gift, I definitely recommend The Secret Life of a Snowflake. It would even make an excellent coffee table book for the grown-ups on your Christmas List.
This year’s snowflake GIVEAWAY is written in the format of a field guide. This field guide version is appropriate for more advanced readers. The book is packed with information about how crystals and snowflakes are made.The information and photos included are mind blowing! I always knew snowflakes were uniquely beautiful. Now I know how and why. While the text is a bit more difficult, younger children will be intrigued by the intricate photos taken with a microscope.
How to Make a Paper Snowflake Tutorial
- Learn how to fold and cut paper snowflakes with six branches.
- Step-by-step tutorial with photos.
One little, two little, three little snowflakes.
Four little, five little, six little snowflakes.
Seven little, eight little, nine little snowflakes,
Ten little snowflakes falling from the sky.
Print this FREE book: Counting Snowflakes
- Pattern text for reading and blank pages for counting and illustrating.
Print these FREE counters: Ten Little Snowflakes
- Cut apart counters for storytelling, illustrating and counting.
Snowflakes Arts & Crafts
Stitched Snowflakes from hoppinup.blogspot.com
- I’m always on the lookout for simple projects that teach the kiddos how to stitch and sew on buttons.
- We are going to give these designs a try on small pieces of felt.
- We will display them as ornaments on our tree and give as gifts.
Invisible watercolor snowflakes from delicateconstruciton.com
- Easy and beautiful painting project for the wee-ones out there.
Button Snowflake Craft from redtedart.com
- Excellent fine-motor-skill development for the little ones.
- I like these simple button snowflakes because they feature six branches just like real snowflakes. The buttons represent crystals growing upon one another.
Puzzle Pieces Snowflake Craft from redtedart.com
- A nice way to reuse outgrown puzzle pieces.
- Again, I like these snowflakes because they feature 6 branches just like real snowflakes.
- step-by-step directions with photos
- FREE printable book and bird counters
We don’t venture out to the theaters much, but after hearing rave reviews about Disney’s new animated movie Frozen we decided to take a family outing to the movies. Throughout the movie, I kept thinking about this post on snowflakes. Wow, this ties in perfect with a study on snowflakes. I was pleasantly surprised to see realistic snowflakes with six branches. Somebody did their research and perhaps even consulted Ken Libbrecht.
Know Before You Go
- The movie is stunningly beautiful! The snow and ice are gorgeous!
- There is a lot of singing! A lot of beautiful, wonderful, entertaining singing!
- The music is so good that I felt like I had just watched a Broadway production. It’s amazing!
- There is one mildly scary part with a giant snow creature.
- This is a fairy tale, not my favorite genre.
- I like how Elsa is not made into an evil Snow Queen.
- The love between sisters is quite touching.
- I really like the un- fairy-tale twist at the end.
- Did I mention that the singing is outstanding?!
- Oh, and the kiddos enjoyed it as well. In fact, they loved it.
- Oh, and Daddy thought, “There was a lot of singing. The singing was better than usual but there was a lot of it.”
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Ken Libbrecht’s Field Guide to Snowflakes
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What is your favorite holiday movie? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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