If you are a parent, most likely you’ve heard the question, “Where do babies come from?” While we’ll leave details of that answer to your own family, we can explore where snow comes from! Come and learn a little about the water cycle and create a fun Wikki Stix Frosty and baby snowflake craft for kids!
The Water Cycle Basics for Kids!
Water Cycle Background Information: A lot of the Earth is covered with water. Water that is heated by the sun escapes as vapor which is called evaporation. Vapor then packs together to form clouds, which is called condensation. Even though clouds are always present in the sky, it will not rain until the clouds become so heavy that they can no longer hold the water. This heaviness creates rain which falls from the sky as precipitation in the form of rain. The rain falls into our lakes, rivers, and oceans. Where it is cold, the rain falls as snow or ice. The cycle then starts over again.
Water Cycle Craft for Kids!
- Assorted Colors of Wikki Stix
- One Water Cycle Diagram (linked below)
Print a copy of the Water Cycle diagram here (download the pdf file of the Water Cycle) and invite kids to use assorted colors of Wikki Stix to create the water cycle. Wikki Stix is a great fine motor tool that will enhance learning as the kids create!
Frosty’s Baby Picture and Snowman Craft for Kids!
After discussing where snow comes from, invite the kids to create Frosty’s baby picture and a snowman craft with Wikki Stix!
Materials needed (per craft):
- 4 Blue Wikki Stix
- 6 White Wikki Stix
- 1 Brown Wikki Stix
- 1 Black Wikki Stix
- 1 Orange Wikki Stix
- Any Color of Mounting Paper
To create Frosty’s baby snowflake:
- Cut two blue Wikki Stix in half and arrange in a snowflake pattern. Have the kids cut 8 smaller pieces of blue Wikki Stix and create “V” shapes to attach to each end (see photo below).
To create the adult Frosty:
- Invite the kids to create three tight pinwheels from the white Wikki Stix. The first pinwheel is made with one Wikki Stix, the second pinwheel has two white Wikki Stix, and the third pinwheel is created with 3 white Wikki Stix.
- The kids can then cut one brown Wikki Stix into thirds. Two portions will make-up the arms for the snowman and the last brown section should be cut in half again. The remaining two pieces can be formed into small “V” shapes for Frosty’s fingers.
- Invite the kids to use small cut pieces of black Wikki Stix for Frosty’s eyes and mouth. The orange Wikki Stix can be cut into a smaller piece and formed into a triangle for the carrot nose (see photo below).
Exploring where snow comes from and creating Frosty’s baby picture and snowman craft is fun for kids, but it is powerful playful learning, too!
For more ways to create, learn, and play this winter, please visit:
Wikki Stix Penguin and Ladybug Craft – part 2