Family Activities

Snowflake Math


Snowflake math naturally includes geometry, symmetry, patterns, angles, basic shapes, and fractals.


SYMMETRY

Scientific America: Why are snowflakes symmetrical? – This is where science and math come together! Read about the science behind the symmetry of snowflakes. 
Symmetry of Snowflakes offers another explanation of how a snowflake is formed.

Bridges in Mathematics: Snowflake Symmetry – This site offers a video link that helps make learning about symmetry more interesting with Lego bricks, and information about different types of symmetry: rotational symmetry and reflection symmetry. Plus it offers a few links for learning more about symmetry online and how to make snowflakes from paper.

FRACTALS
Mudd Math Fun Fact: Koch Snowflake – Features the, ‘Koch Snowflake’ and offers a way to learn about fractals. This pdf can be used to better understand the Koch Snowflake, while this Koch Snowflake game offers players a chance to use triangles to make a geometric shape. 

Here is another fractal that is not the Koch Snowflake. 


PAPER SNOWFLAKES

Paper Snowflakes – This site is filled with a wide variety of paper snowflake activities for the beginner and for anyone looking to challenge their paper snowflake making skills. Classic snowflakes, animal snowflakes, 3-D snowflakes and much more can be found on this site.


Related posts on Fran’s World of Discovery:

Snowflake Science – How snowflakes form, why they form the way they do, and science experiment suggestions. 

Snowflake Language, Social Studies, History and Geography Skills – Snowflake stories, word puzzles, interesting phenomenon, symbolic meaning of and other activities.
Snowflake Resources and Activities – All the links to the resources can be found here, plus snowflake snack ideas, printables, and videos.

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