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Snow Time Like the Present

March 6, 2018
By Heidi Maness Hartwiger - Natural Parent, Natural Child Series , OVParent

Remember a month or so ago when the snow clouds rolled in, and the first flakes meandered aimlessly in the air? Rumors circulated. Perhaps the sky bears are having the first pillow fight of winter. It was a magical time.

Romanticizing winters past, some may have reminisced that nothing could be more serene than seeing the countryside in a fresh blanket of snow. As unassembled snowmen dropped from the heavens, small hands crafted communities of snow people.

Now ... a reality check. The roads are bad, schools are closed, and the kids are at home for too many days in a row.

When the cry sounds, as you know it will: "There is nothing to do!", pull a snowflake or two from your sleeve. Snowflake? Yes, really.

Here are a few suggestions for snowflake crafting from things you have around the house.

Coffee Filter Snowflakes

If your family is snowed in for several days, Coffee Filter Snowflakes are a good long term project because they take time. Recording observations is a bonus because it sustains interest especially when there are multiple Coffee Fliter Snowflakes under construction.

Begin by folding the filters and snipping designs as you would with traditional paper snowflakes. Place filters in a baking dish. An adult heats a cup of water to make it hot but not boiling. Everyone adds salt, stirring tablespoon by tablespoon into the water until the salt no longer dissolves. Carefully pour the salt water over the coffee filters until covered but not floating.

Now waiting and observing begins. Record the changes as the water evaporates. A variety of amazing crystals will form on the filter. When all liquid is evaporated, the filter flakes are ready to hang. Would you prefer colored snowflakes? Dip the coffee filters in water colored with food coloring. Another option is to stir food coloring into the salt water.

Overnight Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes

Overnight Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes are easy and interesting. Because Borax, the laundry booster, is a chemical, this is a project for older kids. Cut pipe cleaners in half and twist three pieces into a six point snowflake.

Tie a string to one point and the other end of the string around a pencil. Use a wide mouth quart canning jar and make sure the suspended snowflake does not touch the sides or bottom. Set snowflake aside. An adult stirs 1/3 cup Borax into 2 cups of boiling water until Borax is dissolved. Add any color food coloring to the solution and pour in jar. Submerge snowflake into water. The next day there will be a crystal-looking snowflake. Remove from jar. Let air dry and hang.

Craft Stick Snowflakes

Craft Stick Snowflakes are fun for everybody. Use hot glue to bond six frozen pop or wood craft sticks into a snowflake shape. Paint one side of the snowflake with white glue and press into a baking pan filled with coarse salt. Shake off the extra.

You can make a one-sided snow flake or wait for first side to set up then paint the other side with white glue and press into the salt. Again shake to remove excess and put on foil or waxed paper to dry. Turn as needed. Attach magnets to the back for a refrigerator decoration, or tie yard around the middle and hange in windows all around the house.

Tortilla Snowflakes

Who doesn't love an edible snowflake? Fold and cut a flour tortilla - bonus points for whole-wheat - as you would a paper snowflake.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Brush the top side of the Tortilla Snowflake with melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Larger tortillas may take longer. Remove from oven when looking golden and crisp. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. Munch the snow days away with this tasty snowflake treat.

Heidi Maness Hartwiger a Wheeling native, is a writer, teacher and storyteller.

 
 

 

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