If you are cooped up indoors with kiddos to occupy, spend some time learning about Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley.
Snowflake Bentley was a snowflake enthusiast from Jericho, Vermont. Fascinated by snowflakes as a child, Bentley convinced his parents to save up for a special microscope-camera. Each year, he carefully collected snowflakes to photograph using his unique camera.
Jacqueline Briggs Martin's story Snowflake Bentley. Snowflake Bentley won the 1999 Caldecott Award for its illustrations by Mary Azarian. Find curriculum connections for the story when you visit Briggs Martin's site.
so many more at SnowflakeBentley.com. You may be surprised to learn that students (especially those in warm climates) don't realize that real snowflakes are even more detailed and beautiful than the paper ones we make in class. If your little learners can't get enough, visit Caltech's Snow Crystals site to see more snowflakes, watch snow flakes form, perform snow activities and experiments, and find out if it's true that every snowflake is unique.
recycling-craft tutorial from Alphamom. Then click back over to SnowflakeBentley.com to play a snowy version of memory.
Images from SnowflakeBentley.com, Jacquline Briggs Martin, and Alphamom.