We are working through our holiday advent right now like so many others and today we are making snowflakes. I decided to add a little education to our activity this Christmas and we looked up facts about snow and snowflakes. The kids had a blast with this since in sunny Arizona we don’t get to see much snow.
Here are our 15 favorite facts:
- Each snowflake is six-sided and made of as many as 200 ice crystals.
- The ice crystals form around tiny bits of dirt that has been carried up into the atmosphere by the wind.
- As the snow crystals grow, they become heavier and fall toward the ground.
- To snow the temperature must be below 32 degrees.
- The size of a snowflake depends on how many ice crystals connect together.
- Close to 80% of the worlds fresh water supply comes from snow and ice.
- Snow is not actually white but clear. Snow looks white because of the way the light reflects off of the ice crystals.
- Snow forms in a variety of shapes.
- Heavy snowfalls are called snowstorms.
- Heavy snowfalls with high winds over 35 miles per hour with limited visibility are called blizzards.
- When the weatherman predicts a blizzard is coming, people buy more cake, candy and cookies than any other food.
- The most snowfall over a year was in Mount Rainier in the state of Washington. It snowed 1,224 inches from February 19th 1971- February 19th 1972.
- The most snow to fall in a 24 hour period was 76 inches in Silver Lake Colorado in 1921.
- The largest snowman was 122 feet tall. It was built-in Maine in 2008.
- The snowiest place in the US is Stampede Pass in Washington State. On average it snows 430 inches a year.
Tricks and tips for snowflake making:
- Use coffee filters. They are much easier to cut than paper for little ones.
- Use a pencil and trace the pattern on the folded paper for little ones that tend to just cut up the paper. My kindergartener loved this and was so excited when it turned out.
- Staple them on white yarn or tulle and hang them up in an arch way so your kids can enjoy them all winter long.