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Snowflake Building Fine Motor Activity


We don't have snow on the ground yet, but my kids are anxiously awaiting that day.  Now that it's almost Christmas, they're getting even more impatient.  It's a great time for some snow learning activities, while they're still eager to spend all day inside.

This snowflake building activity is perfect for a busy bag and helps kids strengthen their pinch grip.  Because it uses Q-tips as a creative material, it's cheap and easy to reproduce for a large group, too.  Bring a baggy of them to a restaurant, family dinner, or appointment to provide some easy STEM work whenever you need a few minutes of fun.

It's such a simple activity, but one that allows kids to use their imaginations to make different things.  Challenge them to make faces, shapes, letters, objects or whatever you can think of.  The kids can make something for you to guess.  When the q-tips start getting worn or dirty, just replace them with new ones!







The idea for this snowflake activity came from A Pinch of Kindergarten, which also uses microscopic snowflake pictures to show the kids some snowflake shapes in nature.  The link didn't include a printable, so I made some with images that are over 100 years old.  The pictures were taken by Wilson Bentley in 1902, which I find amazing.

The cards can be printed twice and laminated to make a snowflake shapes matching activity.  Or challenge kids to build the snowflakes out of different building materials like Lego (check out these from Frugal Fun for Boys), pipe cleaners, or natural materials.  Turn this simple activity into a complete learning unit by adding some of the books from the list below.  Scroll down to the end of the post to see all my winter ideas.









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