Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Using Magazine Pages to Make Snowflakes with Kids

how to make snowflakes with kids

I think winter is finally arriving here in the south.  We've been enjoying temperatures in the 60's and it hasn't felt much like winter.  The past two days have dipped into the 20's and barely into the 30's. Brrrr!  That's cold for us!!
Make paper snowflakes
I pulled out The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats to read to the kids and some scissors and magazines bound for the recycle bins. 
using magazines to make snowflakes
Juiciness enjoyed the story, but didn't want to stick around to make paper snowflakes with us.  I did the initial folding and Sassyfras went to work making some snowflakes. 
using magazines to make snow flakes
She needed some help to make cuts that would turn into pretty snowflakes, but once she saw how to do it, she did pretty well. The magazine paper is thin enough, so it's pretty easy to cut.
ways to recycle magazines
I used this tutorial to make the initial folds.
ways for kids to recycle magazines
We used pages that were mostly colorful pictures and very few words if any at all.
We did have several attempts that turned into nothing but cutting practice, but that's perfectly fine!  It's recycled paper and good for her scissor skills.
Not all the little bits of paper stayed on the tray. Sassyfras helped clean up with the hand vacuum.
upcycled snowflake

Linking to:  ABC and 123, Red Ted Art's Blog


Christy said...

Pretty snowflakes! I love the picture of her cleaning up.

April said...

This is great! We will totally be doing this. I love the color of the snowflakes-- goes right along with the book's illustrations-- and that the magazine paper will be easy to cut. Great post, thank you!

Lindsay said...

Pretty snowflakes.. I was going to do this with coffee filters.. but I couldn't find ours.. (we use a mesh basket when not using the Keurig) now to find some magazines!

maggy, red ted art said...

Very pretty and such a great way to upcycle and practice cutting skills!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


Shannon Maynard said...

These are adorable!! Thanks for sharing!!

Raising a Happy Child said...

That was a lot of different kids of practice... and spending some 1:1 time with Mommy too :)

Ticia said...

That is so pretty! I love paper snowflakes. I kind of like the recycled magazine, it's a different way to do it.

Child Care Aware® of Central Missouri said...

This is such a great idea! I've never seen snowflakes cut out of anything but white paper, but I really love this. Good cutting practice, good way to re-use materials, colorful. Thanks for sharing!