The first snowfall is always kind of magical. By the time February rolls around, we are usually a bit tired of it. But this year snow has been kind of rare. So when it did snow one day, we were outside getting our first snowman of the year made before it all melted again.
Snow comes in lots of different shapes. Sometimes it is the beautiful crystals that we typically think of when we think of snow. Sometimes it is more like bits and pieces crystals or tiny snowballs. We found this an interesting website to learn about some of the different types of snow: National Snow & Ice Data Centre.
Take some time to get outside and look at the snowflakes as they are falling. Use a piece of black paper and a magnifying glass. Go outside first thing in the morning and look closely at the frost patterns on your car. These are beautiful little things that are so easy to miss if we don’t take the time to notice.
Have a look through Alexey Kljatov‘s collection of snowflake photographs.
Draw a snowflake as accurately as you can from a photo or from what you have observed.
Find out the answers to these questions and write them in your journal. Add any other interesting information you discover.
- How does a snowflake form?
- Why is snow white?
Here are some books we enjoyed: