Exploring things that are not alike in preschool

We discovered that no two nests, birds, tracks, snowflakes and more are alike as we read this wonderful new book (at least new to me) titled, “No Two Alike by Kieth Baker….

The words and illustrations are simple but beautiful in this book.  The children easily understood the concepts that were presented and this book easily led to other fun ideas in our classroom….

One of the activities we explored after reading this book was how no two snowflakes are alike…

We explored two different shaped snowflakes and talked about about how they are not alike. Then to get us up and moving for a bit, we set the snowflakes out on the floor and followed a snowflake path throughout the classroom…

For our art experience, we made beautiful not-alike snowflake prints….

The children enjoyed this very fun but slightly messy snowflake printing process. To begin this process, each child set two different snowflakes (these snowflakes are made out of styrofoam) on a sheet of white painting paper…

Then the children sprayed their snowflakes and the entire piece of white paper with a spray bottle filled with slightly watered down blue paint.  I had several spray bottles of paint prepared and the blue in each container was slightly different but only because I didn’t measure the amount of paint versus water I added to each container…

I sometimes had to help get the children started on their spraying so they could get the hang of how to point and shoot and squeeze the trigger all at the same time in the right direction.  But once they got started, they were quite capable of doing this all on their own…

The children soaked the paper (and at times the table too) pretty good so after they finished covering the entire paper with the paint, they removed the snowflakes from the paper…

And then used folded dry paper towels to soak up all the excess paint that had puddled on the paper…

The children did not rub the paint, they simply pressed down on the paper towels to soak up the excess water/paint…

Once the majority of the excess paint was all soaked up, then the children removed the paper towel to reveal their “not-alike” snowflakes….

If there was still excess paint dripping on the paper, then I would take the paper towel and blot up the remaining excess liquid so our snowflake prints remained preserved…

Some of our students asked to do this process several times and almost every set of snowflakes were slightly different in color…

Here are a few of our completed snowflake prints (you can see the paper towel prints in some of these prints too)…

By |2011-12-29T12:00:30+00:00December 29th, 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.


  1. Cheri December 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    oooh, this idea is just what I needed for Back to School next Tuesday! Were you able to use the styrofoam snowflakes over and over or did you have plenty for each child? I have 23 kiddos! (…now where did I seeee those marked 50% off????)

    Thanks again!
    Cheri 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      I got these snowflakes at the dollar store and we used them over and over again! I rinsed them off and have them for something else when needed!

  2. Sheryl @Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds December 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    What a great idea! Love the snowflakes!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 30, 2011 at 12:21 am - Reply

      Thank you Sheryl:)

  3. Ali December 30, 2011 at 3:39 am - Reply

    We will definitely be trying this one at home. I don’t have any styrofoam snowflakes but I am sure we can improvise with something else.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 30, 2011 at 3:57 am - Reply

      Oh sure – pretty much any type of snowflake ought to do!!

  4. Greg December 30, 2011 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Forget the kids Deborah! This has got my brain into gear, & on my break too. Seriously, what a wonderful concept with a seemingly endless array of directions in which the chn to take it.

  5. Rachel December 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    These turned out so pretty! Love this idea so much! I’m pinning it and hopefully I get a hold of a styrofoam snowflake or something similar so we can give it a try.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      I found them at the Dollar Store (Deals) at Christmas time. I think any snowflakes would do as long as they don’t let water soak through them:)

  6. RITA January 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Deb,
    You have such great and unique ideas. I enjoy your website tremendously.
    what type of paint do you use for the spray paint?
    isi t powdered or tempra paint?
    Thanks in advance Rita.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Rita,
      This was liquid tempera paint with water added so that it would spray easily through the bottle:)

      • RITA January 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

        Thank you for taking the time to write back.
        We will be doing this project tomorrow.
        So excited can’t wait!

  7. RITA January 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Deb,
    Was wondering if you have any suggestions for making snow.
    I heard that it could be made with baking soda. Have you tried this recipe? looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance.

  8. Nicole November 6, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

    How much paint and how much water should be added?

  9. Ruth Stewart March 25, 2018 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Hi … I was wondering if you will be doing anymore workshops/classes for professional development?
    Thank you

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