Looking for something to do during these cold snowy afternoons? Why not pay homage to winter by making paper snowflakes? You can keep it simple if your artist is younger; just can fold up a paper and let them snip away (supervised,The first 4 steps of course to prevent loss of piggy-tails. (Emma!)) This is a great fine motor-skills developer. If your artist is older, try one of these 3D versions:

Materials:

Paper (Vellum would look great, I used plain printer paper.)

Tape

Scissors

Stapler

Directions:Making the cuts for your design

#1 Take your traditional flake up a level:

1. Fold a piece of paper horizontally. (If your paper is not square, fold the bottom corner up so that the bottom edge of paper is even with the side and cut off the extra strip.)

2. Fold in half again and one more time. (So that it looks like the smallest triangle in the picture. A total of 3 folds.)

3. Cut a design into the triangle; keep it pretty simple and do not cut all the way through the triangle.Stabilizing the sides

4. Repeat steps 1-3 four more times, for a total of 5 flakes. I kept the design the same, but you can experiment; that is what makes this fun.

5. Turn the flake so that it is diamond shape and pull the 2 side corners together (to form a tube). Tape the corners together and repeat for all of the snowflakes.

6. Lay all of the tubes together with their corners touching in the center. Tape them together.

7. Staple the edges of each adjacent tub as far up as possible to give the snowflake stability.The final snowflake

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#2 One spirally cool snowflake

Your first fold and cuts1. Fold a square piece of paper horizontally.

2. Cut 3 slits parallel to the outside edges of the triangle. DO NOT cut all the way through. (See picture.)

3. Open the paper back up and turn it so that it is diamond-shaped and the connected sections are running up and down.

4. Pull the side corners of the smallest, inside triangle together and tape together to form a tube.

Folding the corners in5. Flip the snowflake over pull the corners of the next biggest triangle together and tape them to form another tube.

6. Repeat again, flipping the snowflake over.

7. Repeat steps 1-6 five more times, for a total of 6 spokes. Hold the points of 3 of the spokes together and staple, then do the same for the other 3.

8. Now staple the 2 halves together. Also staple each of the adjoining spokes (as far up as they will touch) to stabilize the snowflake.

A few folds laterOne finished spoke Joining one side Stabilizing the sides The final snowflake

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#3 A little something from the ’50s

1. Make 3 traditional snowflakes. (If you are not sure how to do this yet..well, I guess I just haven’t done my job.) I madeCutting the design mine long and skinny…um, I probably wouldn’t do it that long and skinny next time.)

2. Turn the snowflake so that it is diamond shape and fold it in half down the middle. Match 2 of the halves up and tape at each edge.

3. Do the same with the third, taping it to the other 2 snowflakes. It should now resemble those table decorations that were so popular in the ’50s (Think crepe-paper wedding bells.)

4. Make 1 inch cuts in the middle of the snowflake’s outer edges on each spoke of the snowflake. Pinch the sides together and tape (This will cause the sides to pucker and stand out better.)

Pinch and attach at top corners Cut, pinch, and tape the sides