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Snowflake Investigation

How many different snowflakes can you find?

Materials Needed

Snowflake Investigation

Difficulty Level: Easy

Time Needed: 5 minutes

Best done: Outdoors

Mess Level: Low

Image by Til Jentzsch

Materials Needed

  • Snow (fresh falling snow works best)

  • Magnifying Glass

Time to Experiment!

  • This experiment will let your child get a close-up view of the beauty of snowflakes!

  • ​This works best on a day where snow is actually falling (though it can also be done with snow already on the ground).


  • The idea is simple really, ask your child(ren) to try and catch a snowflake (works great to catch on a soft mitten) and then use their magnifying glass to take a close look at it! Ask them to describe what they see; do they notice differences in the various snowflakes they catch?

  • **An added bonus: adult/child takes a close-up picture of the snowflake to create their own snowflake book! 

  • Just print off the images of the different types of snowflakes they observe!

  • If you and your child(ren) would like to identify the type of snowflake they are observing, check out this link!

Other Winter Science Activities

Melting Snow

Melting Snow

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