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.
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.
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Build a Snowflake: Winter Shape Math Activity
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.
Have kids place shapes on their mat and build a snowflake.
Have kids glue the shapes down (optional).
Have kids count the amount of each shape and write the number on the lines provided.