It’s officially January, and, if you live in the colder parts of the northern hemisphere, that means winter weather is in full force. I can’t think of a better time to start introducing kids to the science behind one of the most famous winter weather phenomena: snow!
There’s something magical about snow. Even those of us who live a little too close to the equator to see regular snowfall find it amazing. I would even argue that we get more excited than our poleward neighbors who spend too much of winter shoveling it out of the way.
Snow forms when water freezes around particles in the atmosphere to form snowflakes. These snowflakes come in all shapes and, when they reach the ground, form snow that’s perfect for sledding or building a snowman.
So, let’s introduce kids to the science of weather by talking about a phenomenon that can bring out the child in all of us. And let’s engage the creative parts of their brain as well! Use the video below to introduce the kids in your life to the science of snowflakes and then follow it up with some of the activities below to reinforce the concept and help kids have a little more fun!
Video on the Science of Snowflakes:
This worksheet can accompany the video to keep kids engaged! The PDF document has a blank worksheet and the answers as well!
Make a Paper Snowflake:
Snowflake Painting with Salt: