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Beginning Exploration (2 of 3)

DISCUSS:

Why do you think snow is white?

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Beginning Exploration (3 of 3)
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Beginning Activity Prep
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Activity Prep

Step 1: Plan ahead

In the course of making snowflakes from white glue and wax paper, students will investigate how to make clear material look white. Snowflakes must dry overnight before students can hang them up or take them home, so plan accordingly.

Step 2: Get supplies

Each person needs:

Each pair needs:

  • an extra paper plate.
  • a bottle of white glue to share (If you don’t have enough bottles, you can substitute a small dish of glue and a q-tip for “painting” the glue onto snowflakes. If you use this method, make sure students to use enough glue to make a raised line of glue for each "arm" of the snowflake. If there's too little glue, snowflakes may break when you peel them off the wax paper.)

You’ll also need:

  • a roll of wax paper (We do not recommend parchment paper for this activity.)
  • hole punch and string if you want to hang up the snowflakes

Step 3: Prepare before class

Before class, prepare the wax paper by tearing off sheets that measure about 8 inches wide by the height of the roll.

Each student will need at least two sheets of wax paper: one to experiment with and a second sheet on which to make their snowflake. Enthusiastic experimenters may need additional wax paper for making their wax paper snow.

Kindergarteners may have difficulty cutting wax paper into tiny pieces. If you teach Kindergarten, we suggest you pre-cut wax paper “snow” by following the directions shown in Step 8.

Step 4: Read these additional tips

To make sure the bits of paper are making contact with the glue, use a paper plate to push gently down on the snowflake after sprinkling with paper bits.

When students are squeezing glue from a bottle, they usually get more than enough glue on a line. But if they are using q-tips, you may need to encourage them to put on enough glue. See slide 15 for an image that shows how much glue we used.

Some classes have found that their snowflakes don’t peel off easily or break apart when they try to peel them. If that happens, we recommend you have students cut them out rather than peeling them. They’ll still look festive!

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