Design a Snowflake Winter STEM Activity

Design a Snowflake Winter STEM Activity


January Winter STEM Challenge: Design a Snowflake

Students love completing this winter STEM project! In order to create more snow, they will need to design a snowflake using only the materials provided. This is an engaging winter activity for students to work on during the winter months! A fun companion activity to go with a Winter Read Aloud like Snowflake Bentley by Briggs Martin.

This activity helps students develop critical thinking and engineering skills. Students plan, design, and execute their own ideas. After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't.

Teachers love using this winter STEM Activity for STEM Club, Winter STEM Day, Winter Parent Nights, and just as a fun activity during the long winter months! Perfect addition to any makerspace!

Aligns with NGSS(Next Generation Science Standards).

Material List:

  • toothpicks

  • white pipe cleaners

  • cotton swabs

  • popsicle sticks

  • glue


  • Teacher Instructions for Design a Snowflake

  • Student Instructions for Design a Snowflake

  • January STEM Journal

  • Student Planning Pages

  • Student Reflection Sheet

  • NGSS Standards

What Teachers are saying about this fun and engaging Winter STEM Resource!

"My students absolutely LOVED designing their own snowflakes and using all the different materials that were available! I really liked how no two snowflakes were exactly alike just like we were learning!!! They definitely went up on my bulletin board in the hallway! " - Michelle F.

"This was so fun to do with a class and see what different designs they came up with after some lessons on snowflake Bentley. Thanks! " - Mrs. B.

"My students were highly engaged and it was a great activity before Christmas Break!"

"I'm excited to use this to end my Snowflake Bentley unit! Thank you!" - Haylie S.

"At my school I am a STEM leader and am super excited to be using this for a grades K-2 activity!" - Laura H.

"My students loved this project! We did it in groups after their classroom teachers did a Unit on Snowflake Bentley. I extended the activity and included it in my Library Caldecott unit. It was a huge hit!" - Mary L.

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