Frozen pollen falling from the sky.
When extremely cold water droplets freeze onto dust or pollen particles in the sky an ice crystal forms, temperature and humidity affect it as it falls and snow flakes develop, each one six sided and unique.
We are fascinated by them, sometimes frustrated too but we love them and this time of year they are extra special; who is dreaming of a white Christmas?
In 1752 our calendar was changed bringing Christmas forward twelve days and so prior to then a white Christmas was more likely in Britain. Today the definition has loosened to ‘A snowflake falling somewhere in the UK in a twenty-four hour period on December the twenty-fifth’. Perhaps modern day White Christmas’ are still very likely.
Our challenge today is to make paper snowflakes and the links below provide some ideas for making them; some are simple and some are, well some are seriously WOW!
Hang them on the kids’ bedroom ceiling and not just there, if you’ve made them then enjoy them, put them front and centre.
- Paper snowflakes in five minutes
- BBC – Paper Snowflakes
- Good Housekeeping – Paper Snowflakes
- Polar Bear Snow Flakes!
- These are serious paper snowflakes!
Met Office – Will it be a White Christmas?
Do let us know how you get on, share with us on social media (you’ll find links on the right hand side of this page or at the bottom on mobile). We’d love to hear from you, to see some pictures and by all means share ideas for next year. We already have a growing list we couldn’t fit into this challenge.