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DIY Snowflake Window Decorations

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With colder weather taking over, it's only a matter of time before snowflakes begin falling from the sky! In this activity from Everything for Winter: A Complete Activity Book for Teachers of Young Children, children will use fine-motor skills to cut patterns in paper to create their own unique snowflakes. Take the learning experience even further by talking about how snowflakes form from tiny ice crystals in the clouds or by discussing how each snowflake is completely unique & special, just like people. Allow the children to tape their snowflake creations to the windows to enjoy the beauty of their own work throughout the winter season!


  • Thin typing paper
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Tape

What to do:

  1. Show the children how to fold thin typing paper three times.
  2. Demonstrate how to cut in and out at random, cutting notches and curves but leaving some of the edge uncut.
  3. Unfold the paper to see the snowflakes.
  4. Let the children tape their snowflakes to the windows.

Teaching tips:

Invite a parent or grandparent who is an origami expert to come to class and demonstrate folding and cutting paper into animal and decorative shapes.

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