Did you get snow this winter? Did the kids like playing with snow? Today I want to share a snow related app: Snowflake Station. Kids can design and cut paper snowflakes and learn symmetry while playing. What is even better, the app is FREE.
There are three sections in the app: Trace a Flake, Creation Station, and Make it Snow.
In Trace a Flake, kids trace the cutting lines step by step. Once they finish cutting, the folded paper will unfold to show them symmetric pattern. There are over 30 patterns with different difficulty levels.
In Creation Station, kids design their own pattern. They can also choose the paper color. When they finish the cutting and have the snowflake unfold, they can save the picture within the app.
Make it Snow: here kids get to see the snowflakes they made falling down … The winter background pictures and soothing music make it such an enjoyable experience.
For those who would like to get real, parents can help the kids do some designs on real paper and cut them. Those symmetric patterns can become really interesting when you try to fold more than twice.
As it is stated in the app introduction on App Store, symmetry is a key concept in math, science, art and architecture. In addition to the cutting design, how the snow flake looks like also depends on the number of folds and how the paper is folded. The fun is endless, so is the learning.
I would highly encourage parents to work with kids together and turn it into a family activity. Trying different patterns with the app, then pick several to try on real paper. Kids will have fun watching the real paper unfold.
Note to teachers from the developer at App Store:
The App is designed to coordinate with US Common Core State Standards. Work and play with Snowflake Station ties directly to CCSS language listed below:
-(1.G.3) – Partition a shape into four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.
-(4.G.3.) – Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.
Snowflake Station is only available for iPAD, it is FREE on App Store.
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