One of the marvels of nature is that the tiny ice crystals in
snowflakes form a shape with six lines of symmetry. It is actually
quite hard to cut out a paper snowflake with six perfect lines of
symmetry, but it's a lot of fun to try!
Here's one way to make a snowflake ...
You will need:
- A sheet of paper (you could start with scrap paper until you
create the kind of snowflake you want)
- Glitter (optional)
What to do:
1. Start with a circle of paper (trace around a lid or a
bowl). Fold the circle in half, then half again - just to find the
centre of the circle. Then open it back out to a half-circle.
2. Now you have to fold the half-circle into three parts, with a
point at the centre of the circle. It's a little bit tricky to get
the three parts the same size, so take care.
3. Now cut away pieces from the folded sides, and from the curved
edge as well. Open it out - and there's a snowflake. Maybe you
could add some glitter to make them sparkle. Have fun!
This activity features in our
December 2008 Advent Calendar.