We just got our first frost of the season this weekend. This was a gentle reminder that winter will be here before we know it, like it or not. As much as I am not a fan of the cold, I am a fan of winter crafts and nothing says winter like snowflakes. I love snowflakes. They are so pretty and easy to make and they are a great way to teach patterns and symmetry. These Q-tip snowflakes are also fantastic for working on those fine motor skills.
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What you will need:
Gather your supplies. You will need six full Q-tips for each snowflake being made. With a good pair of scissors, carefully cut several Q-tips in half. Small children may need assistance with this.
Dip one end of each Q-tip in a bit of glue and then lay it down on a piece of wax paper.
Sprinkle glitter over the glue covered portion of the Q-tips and let them dry. You might want to move them to another position on the wax paper to keep them from sticking.
Grab a clump of Play-doh. We grabbed about 1/3 of the container. Shake glitter onto the clump of dough and knead it in to add a little sparkle.
Divide your clump in half and roll one of the halves into a ball.
Flatten it slightly between your fingers.
Press the six full Q-tips around the dough with the glittery side pointed out. Be sure to evenly space them.
Press the dough center of the snowflake onto a piece of construction paper. Add a small clump of dough on each full Q-tip point in the same position all the way around.
Add your half Q-tips to both sides of the small clumps of dough to make more points.
Press more cut Q-tips in between the full Q-tips.
Play around with different designs. You can unassemble and rebuild new snowflakes over and over or just make one special one.
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