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« Catching Snowflakes »

We got some beautiful snow this weekend … big, fat flakes that just floated down.

We put a couple pieces of dark felt into the freezer for a half hour or so, then took them outside to catch some snowflakes.

Because the felt is very cold, the snowflakes don’t melt as soon as they hit it.

Then you can use a magnifying glass to see them up close — just don’t breathe on them or they’ll melt!

Note: This works best in a light snow when there is almost no wind. You want to catch those individual flakes that are floating down!

Want to know what kind of snowflakes you caught? Check out this cool online Guide to Snowflakes!


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Reader Comments (26)

way cool! I'll run right outside and do that. Oh wait. Never mind. ;)

Still looks really cool!

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Jackson

Awesome! They're so pretty.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

Sean's reaction to this post, "We should go to that place!"

Two very jealous boys envying your snow...but we'll put black felt in the freezer anyway...just in case the weather gods gift us with one more snowfall before spring!

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

I cant WAIT to get back to the snow! Spoken with all the naivete of a coastal californian.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersteph

What a neat close-up photo of the snowflakes! Did you take that with just the regular close up setting on the camera?

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

sheila, yes, that is just the ordinary macro setting on my camera. i tried to get a good shot through the magnifying glass, but that eluded me. ;^) part of the problem was, we were cold and therefore we kept joggling the camera *or* the magnifying glass. the other problem was, we kept fogging up the camera lens *or* the magnifying glass. lol

January 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

sarah, teri, deirdre and steph -- er, i somehow erased my answer to your comments, but at least you’ll get it in e-mail! :^P

January 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

so fun! we often go to flickr to see lots of good pictures of what we are learning. here are some snowflake pictures.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah

What a wonderful idea! We've tried catching them on our tongue, and the boys always try to catch rain like that, but on felt - that's very clever, that! ;-)

It may snow a little here before March, you never know.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

that is really awesome!!

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeisa

Snowing those light great flakes right now.. off to get some felt into the freezer!!! Thanks!

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

now I'm jealous! i guess snowflakes via the internet are better than none, thanks for the link;)

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternancy

sarah, i love that! thank you! i e-mailed for permission to post a picture -- awesome!

sam, thank you! :^) i hope you get some snow!

thank you, leisa!

dawn, let me know how it goes! :^)

nancy - who knew?! so many people wishing for a bit of snow. :^)

January 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

Way cool! We're majorly snow-deficient here in central MO at the moment, but hope springs eternal (especially for two little boys with brand-new sleds). I'll get my dark-colored felt ready! (My 10-year-old is going to be ecstatic when he hears about your equally long-haired son, by the way...)

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

lynn, we haven’t been able to sled yet this winter, either, and the 9yo is dying to! we really need a good thick snow to sculpt a safe path down our hill -- there are a lot of thorny trees, thorny bushes, and a wall to avoid ... got to have enough snow for buffers! :^)

lol re: your long-haired 10yo .. i see boys with long hair around on the ’net, but none to equal my boy’s! he calls it his mane. sigh. ;^)

January 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

The snow stopped just as I found the felt... but we have snow in the forecast for the next week and only one day above freezing so we will get our chance... we will get our chance!!

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

yay! we tried again today but the snow was clumpy and we couldn’t get good individual flakes. lol. it’s so complicated! :^P

we did have a lovely walk in the snow, though, and caught some on our tongues. ;^)

January 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

Cool! We have a snowflake book from the library we are reading. We have done the hairspray on a board to catch snowflakes, but not a cold piece of dark felt. We'll definitely have to try this - going to be snowing for days now! :)

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

i hope you get a snow light enough, denise -- sounds like you’re getting the serious stuff! ;^)

January 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

Lori - such a neat tip! I can't wait to do this with my boys. :)

January 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmmy Boesch

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