Fine Motor: Making Snowflakes

If your child has at least moderate scissor skills, practice making snowflakes! 

Here’s what we did:

  1. Color a piece of paper first. Thinner is better b/c it’s easier to cut when folded. 
  2. Fold one corner down to the opposite edge and crease the paper; cut off the extra so that your initial piece of paper is square. 
  3. Then fold it into triangles. For beginners, only fold it a few times because the thicker it is, the harder it is to cut. 
  4. Use a pencil to draw easy to cut out shapes. For Luke, age 3, I just drew a few triangles around each edge since he’d be able to cut out the shapes with 2 simple snips. I helped him if the triangular part didn’t come off on its own after his 2 snips. 
  5. Then unfold the paper and tape the snowflakes on your windows for a pretty winter display.  

It’s the closest thing we have to snow around here on these crazy 60 degree January days!!

Here’s another neat folding technique you could try!

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!