Pattern Block Snowflakes
Here is a closeup from a year I used light blue construction paper for the background. (I like the dark blue even more!)
This idea came from my teaching partner Marlene. (THANKS Marlene!!!) To prep, I use a pattern block template and copy all of the different pattern blocks onto white copy paper. Then I get a helper (usually a middle school or high school student) to cut out the various pattern blocks. For each child, I cut a blue (either dark or light) 12" X 12" square (or circle which I LOVE) and glue a white hexagon in the middle. Each student is to create a symmetrical snowflake using the white pattern blocks. The hexagon in the middle gives them a base to build from. These snowflakes always turn out beautiful (although a few are always .. well, interesting) and they make a great bulletin board display. Plus this is really a math project! I expect students to use the correct names of the shapes as they work. Plus we have lots of discussions about symmetry. Here is a link to the templates for the pattern blocks.
One project prepped ... many to go!!!
Love to all,