Snowflake puzzles in preschool

There are lots of snowflake ideas out there and at the end of this post, I have collected a few links to other ideas that I would love to try. But first, let me share with you this simple snowflake puzzle we made this past week.

The PreK children in this class were given a printout of a snowflake (I do not have a copy of this printout), some blue construction paper, scissors, and glue to get them started.

The children used their own judgement in this class to cut out simple construction paper shapes that will fit inside the snowflake pattern…

Then they glued the construction paper shapes onto the snowflake…

In the PreK class next door, the teacher had pre-cut the construction paper shapes…

I noticed that the children who cut their own shapes spent more time working to make sure the shapes fit in each space of the snowflake puzzle….

They would cut, visually measure, cut some more, and work out the positioning of each construction paper shape until they were satisfied…

When the children finished their work, they each printed their own name on their puzzle…

In the class where the pieces were all cut out for them, the children covered their snowflake more fully and although most of the children started out trying to fit the pieces into each section – I noticed that in the end, they tended to not worry so much about whether a piece fit here or there…

The same project with two different teaching approaches. This happens all the time! My message to all teachers as I observe their individual teaching approaches is to always keep in mind what the children are capable of doing and give them the opportunity to try.

Now here are some of those snowflake links I promised you….

Tired, Need Sleep : Crystal Snowflakes

The Artful Parent: Marshmallow and Toothpick Sculptures

Let’s Go Fly a Kite: Snowflake Matching Game

The Seeds Network: Popcorn Snowflakes

The First Grade Parade: Symmetrical Snowflakes

Frugal Family Fun Blog: Easy Snowflake Suncatchers

I Can Teach My Child: Puffy Snowflakes

A Little Learning for Two: Paper Snowflakes

The Honorable Mention: Q-tip Snowflakes

Alphamom: Plastic Berry Baskets into Glittery Snowflakes

Almost Unschoolers: Glittery Snowflake Window Clings

The Artful Parent: Bleeding Snowflake Tissue Prints

Frugal Family Fun: Tape Snowflakes

I am linking this post up with No Time For Flashcards!

By |2011-01-09T11:44:13+00:00January 9th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

2 Comments

  1. [email protected] January 10, 2011 at 7:39 am - Reply

    I love this puzzle idea! and thank you so much for the shout out. Have a great week!

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