By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Learn all about snowflakes with this week’s craft from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Ages: five (with help) and above.

Materials: white Xerox paper cut into squares (8 ½” X 8 ½” or smaller) and scissors.


Fold the square of white paper in half to make a rectangle.

Fold it again in half to make a square.

Fold it in half to make a triangle.

Cut segments out of each side of the triangle. Open up the paper.  You have a snowflake!


This is a familiar craft to do with children at this time of the year.  It is also a great opportunity to teach desert dwellers about snow.  To begin, read the following poem with your children.

 Five Little Snowflakes

 One little snowflake with nothing to do.

Along came another and

Then there were two.

 Two little snowflakes laughing with me.

Along came another and

Then there were three.

 Three little snowflakes looking for some more.

Along came another, and

Then there were four.

 Four little snowflakes dancing a jive.

Along came another, and

Then there were five.

 Five little snowflakes having so much fun.

Out came the sun, and

Then there were none!

 Then, share the following Fun Facts about snow:

  • Snow forms when the temperature is at or below freezing (32 degrees) and there is moisture in the air.
  • Water vapor freezes into tiny crystals.  Lots of ice crystals joined together make a snowflake.
  • Snowflakes come in all different shapes, and no two snowflakes are ever exactly the same.
  • It usually snows in late fall or winter, but only in cold climates.
  • It has snowed in Phoenix but that has been very, very rare.


The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.


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