Build a Snowflake: Winter Shape Math Activity and Free Template

Kids can make beautiful snowflakes as they learn and craft with shapes during this fun Winter Activity. This activity is a perfect STEAM activity that…

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Kids can make beautiful snowflakes as they learn and craft with shapes during this fun Winter Activity. This activity is a perfect STEAM activity that my kids loved! I have included a free printable template with a build and count mat, shapes, and tangram cut outs.

Build a Snowflake Winter Shape Math Activity and Free Printable: Kids can make beautiful snowflakes as they learn and craft with shapes. The free printable includes build and count mats, shapes, and tangrams. (Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, STEAM activity)

Snowflakes start with hexagons which is why they all tend to be 6 sided due to the nature of water molecules. We watched this video: Where do Snowflakes Come From? by SciShow Kids before making our snowflakes. As kids create their snowflakes they can glue the shapes down or leave them free to create snowflakes over and over again. The first snowflakes we made we glued them down to our activity mat and counted the shapes. I have left the remaining shapes out in a tray for the kids to keep creating all winter long. To go along with this activity you may also want to talk about symmetry and enjoy this Build a Snowflake Symmetry Activity too.

I first created a tangram set with the typical tangram shapes and then I decided I wanted my kiddos to create with rectangles and circles so I made a second set of shapes for you to choose from.

Build a Snowflake Winter Shape Math Activity and Free Printable: Kids can make beautiful snowflakes as they learn and craft with shapes. The free printable includes build and count mats, shapes, and tangrams. (Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, STEAM activity)

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Build a Snowflake: Winter Shape Math Activity

Build a Snowflake Winter Shape Math Activity and Free Printable: Kids can make beautiful snowflakes as they learn and craft with shapes. The free printable includes build and count mats, shapes, and tangrams. (Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, STEAM activity)

Supplies:

Craft paper

Glue

Scissors

Directions:

Print the shapes set and/or tangram set out on craft paper and cut out the shapes. You may want to laminate the paper before you cut out the shapes to reinforce them if the kids won’t be gluing them down.

Build a Snowflake Winter Shape Math Activity and Free Printable: Kids can make beautiful snowflakes as they learn and craft with shapes. The free printable includes build and count mats, shapes, and tangrams. (Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, STEAM activity)

Have kids place shapes on their mat and build a snowflake.

Build a Snowflake Winter Shape Math Activity and Free Printable: Kids can make beautiful snowflakes as they learn and craft with shapes. The free printable includes build and count mats, shapes, and tangrams. (Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, STEAM activity)

Build a Snowflake Winter Shape Math Activity and Free Printable: Kids can make beautiful snowflakes as they learn and craft with shapes. The free printable includes build and count mats, shapes, and tangrams. (Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, STEAM activity)

Have kids glue the shapes down (optional).

Have kids count the amount of each shape and write the number on the lines provided.

Build a Snowflake Winter Shape Math Activity and Free Printable: Kids can make beautiful snowflakes as they learn and craft with shapes. The free printable includes build and count mats, shapes, and tangrams. (Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, STEAM activity)

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12 comments

  1. This looks like a good activity to go with the book Bentley’s snowflake

  2. Would like to try activity with kindergarten class.

  3. This is a gorgeous activity! Looking for snowflake crafts. Yours is the only one with a math lesson attached. Thanks Kate!

  4. I think this is a very cute math project to try with my class.

  5. Thanks! Did this with my KN class today and it was great! Adults cut out the shapes and the kids designed their unique snowflakes. Really impressive designs and all one of a kind like my kiddos. FYI- the template with the circle was not included in the download for some reason. Again, thank you!

  6. Hi

    great idea and activity for kids to do.

    I downloaded this but the page with the large circle is not included. so I had to print out my own circle.

    Thanks

    Mrs Khan

  7. I love this activity! But you’ll help yourself down the road if you start referring to a diamond as a rhombus. And future teachers will thank you, too!

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