First the Picture: Pull out a map and draw a line with your finger around all of the areas in the United States that get snow in the winter. What do these areas have in common? Now look at a world map and do the same. What do these areas have in common? These areas are no longer just at the top of the map..Why do you think snow comes to only those areas? Why do the other areas on the map seldom get snow? Are there frosts and snowfalls by where you live? Find where you live on a map, is it within the boundaries of your snow region?
Second the Question: Snow is made up of millions of tiny snowflakes. Have you ever seen a snowflake up close? Have you seen how beautiful the snowflake design is? Did you know that every snowflake is unique? If you live in an area with snow, wait until the next flurry and go outside with a piece of black material. Hold the material flat and allow the snowflakes to gently land on it. Then take a moment and observe the snow up close. Do it quickly, before it melts. Note the shapes and patterns that make each flake. Every snowflake has its very own one-of-a-kind shape just like your finger print. No other person has a finger print just like yours. Why do you think each snowflake is different? Why do you think people are unique?
Next Steps: Make a finger print of everyone in your family. If you don’t have an ink pad, you can color each person’s finger with a washable marker and then press it onto a sheet of paper. Look closely at each print. If you have a magnifying glass, even better! What do you see? Who has the largest swirl in the center of their finger print? Do any two fingerprints look similar? Are your fingerprints as beautiful and different as the snowflakes you found? Stack three finger prints on top of each other and doodle on it too look like a snowman. There are lots of ways to doodle on fingerprints to make different shapes and animals. Enjoy creating fun images using your entire families’ finger prints!
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