Winter is upon us. LittleMan and SunnyGirl have been enjoying sledding down the small hill in our backyard and there is talk of putting up the Christmas tree soon.
One of my favorite classic winter decorations is the humble paper snowflake. A great exercise in creativity, an excellent way to study symmetry and early multiplication, as well as being fun fine motor practice. For the little ones, a simple circle with some triangles and diamonds cut out is wonderful, but the older we get the more complex our designs tend to become. This year I decided to take a little extra time and design our snowflakes after some of the symbols we find in the Harry Potter universe. It took a bit of time but I’ve made my designs into a simple template so that all you Potterheads can recreate these snowflakes to decorate your own windows at home with.
All you need is our free printable (below), some coffee filters, a pencil, and sharp scissors (or an X-ACTO knife).
Simply print out our Free Printable Harry Potter Snowflake Template Printable (click here). It is a one page printable featuring 8 different templates including the HP logo, Gryffindor symbol, Hufflepuff symbol, Ravenclaw symbol, Slytherin symbol, golden snitch, horcrux symbol, glasses and scar. Fold the coffee filter into 8ths (in other words fold it in half three times) then unfold it. Line the creases up against the template and trace one of the designs onto the coffee filter with pencil. Refold the coffee filter with the traced design on top. Cut along the lines. When you unfold you should have something like this.
There are some snowflakes that are a bit easier than others. I suggest starting off with the golden snitch (the easiest) and working your way up to the Gryffindor symbol (which, while still easy, is just a bit trickier than the other templates).
Now onto this week’s On Beyond Zombie Linky Party!
As always we had some great posts linked up last week. It seems like building blocks were on a lot of people’s minds so today I’m featuring three posts, all about building blocks. In no particular order:
Planet Smarty Pants brought us another fantastic hands on STEM activity with these LEGO Egg Racers.
Science Kiddo taught us about math by use of LEGO bricks.
Hands On As We Grow shared a fantastic round up of 44 Block Activities for Preschoolers using LEGO Duplo, wooden blocks, etc..
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