As the snow on the roof melts and drips down to the back porch creating an icy puddle, I think about spring. It’s a long way off but I’m glad that the weather is warming up a bit. I’ve lived in Michigan my entire life and have tried winter sports like skiing and ice skating. Both are so much fun, but still too cold for me!
I do think snow and ice are quite beautiful. When the snow falls and covers the ground and trees like a blanket, it looks magical… from inside my warm home. And, the patterns of snowflakes and ice crystals are fascinating, they are like tiny mandalas with symmetrical patterns.
“Some snowflakes are made of a single ice crystal while other, more elaborate snowflakes are made of as many as 200 ice crystals fused together.” (Kenneth G. Libbrecht, https://scied.ucar.edu/learning-zone/storms/snowflakes)
What if we embraced the beauty of the snow and cold from the comfort of our homes?
Creating paper snowflakes is a way to celebrate the winter wonderland without being exposed to the harsh cold and ice. The meditative activity is relaxing and beautiful.
- Begin with a square piece of paper
- Fold diagonally so you have a triangle
- Fold that triangle in half, then
- Fold that into thirds
- Flatten the top of the paper by cutting off the points
- Draw a pattern on your paper
- Cut out the spaces around your pattern
- Follow this link for visual steps: How to Make Paper Snowflakes for the Holiday Season
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