Sparkly Snowflakes

Why

Create light, sparkly snowflakes! Decorate a package, trim a tree, or hang them in winter windows. Let it snow!


Steps

1. When precipitation falls through atmosphere that is colder than 32°F (0°C), white or translucent ice crystals form. These crystals are called snow. Do you think every snowflake looks different than all the others? Try these steps to create your own unique snowflakes.


2. Flatten a large chunk of white Model Magic®. Cut out snowflake shapes with large and small cookie cutters. Press the shapes together in layers.


3. If you like, press mini cookie cutters into the Model Magic layers. Remove these shapes to create lacy snowflakes.


4. Form Model Magic characters such as elves to decorate the snowflakes.


5. Decorate with Crayola Super Sparkle Glitter Glue and sparkly chenille sticks. Air-dry before using.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Modeling Tools—Use the least dangerous point or edge sufficient to do the job. For example, craft sticks, plastic knives and forks, and cookie cutters can cut or carve modeling materials.

Adaptations

  • Encourage students with special needs to work together or use craft sticks to cut their snowflakes if needed.
  • Create snowflakes out of materials such as craft sticks, cotton swabs, construction paper, and fun foam.
  • Research Snowflake Bentley to find out how he discovered, through photography, that each snowflake is unique.
  • Read books or search the Internet to find out the differences between snow, sleet, and freezing rain.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Model Magic®
  • Glitter Glue
household supplies
  • cookie cutters
  • rolling pin
  • chenille sticks

Overview

grades

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students research how snow is formed in the atmosphere as precipitation.

  • Students discover that each snowflake is unique in shape.

  • Students create individual snowflake designs for gifts or decorations.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards