Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Snowflake Science Activity Book - Michael Peres & Patricia Cost

Okay, so I know it's a Thursday and we don't normally post on Thursdays, but I just had to sneak in here and tell you about SNOWFLAKE SCIENCE, in case you have snow where you live and would like to try it out!

 Explore the extraordinary beauty of ice crystals, and how, what, when, and why these formations occur.  Budding meteorologists will be pulling on their mittens to go out and explore science, discover the natural beauty of ice crystals, and follow the complex process of how they form.  Loaded with activities, including:

*Making static electricity
*Building snowflake models
*Removable coloring pages
*Snowflake crossword puzzle
*Weather history journal
*And more!

This book makes learning fun and helps cure the winter blues with "Go Deeper" activities for advanced learning!  So get out there with the BONUS removable snowflake collector pages and get started catching and documenting your own snowflakes!

(Summary from back of book - Image from - This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review) 

My Review:   We are homeschooling my two youngest, ages 10 and 8, during the pandemic and, since they aren't in public school, they have been mourning the loss of all their potential 'Snow Days.'  Tuesday night, the news was predicting the first big snowfall of the season overnight and I wanted to do something special.  After the kids went to bed, I set up a little surprise (see picture).  It took me all of two minutes to gather supplies and then I cracked open a book.  When they woke up in the morning to a pristine snow-covered yard and dramatically altered lesson plan, they were thrilled.  

We started the day with a ton of outdoor play followed by cocoa and then sat down to learn a little bit about the science of snowflakes.  I had fun talking with the kids about how snowflakes are formed, looking at magnified examples of different kinds of snowflakes, and discussing static electricity, how water molecules are formed, and the different phases of water.  We used the book's guided activities to make salt crystals, cut out snowflakes, and even prepped the book's snowflake collector pages, which can be torn out, chilled, and used to catch and examine snowflakes.  Unfortunately, the days projected snowfall turned slushy, but when the flakes start to fly later tonight -- we are ready!

I loved how clearly the authors explained each topic and appreciated the sections that encouraged readers to take a deeper dive into the science. The book also has several more guided activities, as well as some drawing and coloring pages, a word search, and a crossword for less outdoorsy kiddos to enjoy. I honestly felt like my kids had fun while learning and, I'm not gonna lie, the best part is that it all took very little effort for me to pull together.  It was like someone else planned my homeschool day and I just needed to show up.  If you're looking for a way to put some fun back into your kids' school day, I highly recommend getting your hands on Snowflake Science.

My Rating:  4.5 Stars

For the Sensitive Reader: All clear.

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