Making coffee filter snowflakes is a great cutting activity for kids. Draw lines as guides to help kids get started, then set them free to create however they wish. This fun and easy snowflake craft appeals to all ages.
A Fun and Easy Snowflake Craft for All Ages
Yesterday All four kids had a great time making coffee filter snowflakes! This was our craft pick to go along with this week’s The Virtual Book Club for Kids book pick, The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats. Red Sled by Lita Judge is a great alternative for this week’s theme. Check out more snow-themed learning activities from my blog friends at the end of this post.
This is a super easy activity to prep! All you need are:
- White coffee filters (I have another post on making snowflakes out of regular paper, if you prefer)
You may also want string or tape to hang your completed snow flakes.
Teaching Kids to Cut Snowflakes
The secret to great snowflakes is ironing. You can skip this step before cutting, although I recommend it if you are planning a particularly ornate snowflake. You can iron several coffee filters at once on the medium heat setting. When ironing the cut snowflakes, I recommend placing an uncut filter as the top layer. This way your iron won’t catch on any openings. We fold the filters into fourths at the beginning. They can be folded smaller and smaller as children develop their cutting skills.
I had made snowflakes like this with my other kids in the past, but this was four-year-old Anna’s first experience. We showed her how to fold her coffee filter, and then I drew outlines for her first few snowflakes. she caught on pretty quickly, and then moved on to experimenting with what would happen when she folded her coffee filters differently. She also made some very unconventional snowflakes, including one that looked like a slice of pie. She called that one her pizza snowflake.
One of the things I love best about this activity is that it appeals to children of all ages – and even adults. Designs can be simple for beginners and very ornate to challenge older crafters.
All four of my kids enjoyed this activity enough to make several snowflakes. Lily and Anna then helped Mike hang all of their snowflakes in his mom’s home (whom we are visiting right now).
They add a lovely festive flair!
MORE Snow THEMED LEARNING FUN FOR KIDS
The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats was this week’s pick for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. As always, my co-hosts came up with fun snow-themed learning activities to go along with this book! I also recommend Red Sled by Lita Judge as an alternate picture book to go with this theme. I’ve added a few of our favorite snow activities from when we lived in Massachusetts. We don’t get any snow in California, and I miss it (but not the icy roads…)
Snow THEMED LITERACY ACTIVITIES
- Snowflake Swat Letter Learning Game from Preschool Powol Packets
- Snowball Sight Words on a Sticky Table from Views From a Step Stool
- Snowy Day Inspired Alphabet Writing Tray from School Time Snippets
- Icicle Prewriting Activity from Mama Smiles
Snow Themed Science Activities
- Easy Colorful Paper Towel Snowflakes from Toddler Approved
- Why We Salt Roads Science Investigation from Rainy Day Mum
- Melting Snowball Estimations from My Storytime Corner
SENSORY Snow ACTIVITIES
- Snow Tea Party from Teach Beside Me
- Puffy Paint Snowman from Messy Little Monster
- Indoor Snow Sensory Play from Mama Smiles
ACTIVE Snow ACTIVITIES
- Outdoor Snow Play Ideas for Kids from Mama Smiles
THE 2016-17 VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS
Click on the image above to see all of the themes, books, and activities for this year’s 2016-17 Virtual Book Club for Kids! I am updating the page as new posts go live.
Do you know of another fun snow themed learning activity we should try? How about another book we need to read? Let me know in the comments. You can also share photos on my Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram.