Do you spend a lot of time complaining about the winter weather? Hey, you aren’t alone. I used to complain about the winter weather too. Appreciating wintry weather can only come about when you look for your own connection to the season. For kids, that connection comes through exploring winter STEM activities. For me, I found my connection when we all slowed down a little. Winter is the perfect time to slow down. You know what I mean?
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If you are rushing to work, rushing to the grocery store, rushing here and there, then the winter weather can be a pain. Snow, slush and the cold slows everything down. As soon as we make the decision to slow down with the weather, that is when we start to see the beauty in winter.
I truly came to appreciate winter when I had children. Yep, as you are well aware – (most) children love the winter. When you hang out with kids in the winter, it is physically impossible to move quickly – those snowsuits are tough to run around in. This must be the very reason why kids love winter – they move slowly through the season.
So, to celebrate my love of slowing things down in the winter my daughter and I created this lovely wintry snowflake mobile using melted crayon shavings. Standing still and watching snowflakes fall from the sky is a our favourite slow winter activities. Our waxy melted crayon snowflakes gently swaying reminds us to slow down and enjoy the snowflakes.
How to Make a Snowflake Mobile
various shades of blue and white wax crayons
iron and ironing board
2 tea towels
snowflake cookie cutters
scissors, string, needle and thread
twig from outside
Lay a piece of wax paper on the tea towel. Scatter the crayon shavings on the sheet of wax paper. Place a second sheet of wax paper over the crayon shavings. Finally, lay the second tea towel on top of the wax paper.
Now it’s time to do some melting. Run the medium-high heat iron over the tea towel…heating the crayon wax below. Move the iron slowly. Pull up the tea towel to peek under and continue ironing until the wax is all melted. Be sure to go all the way to the edge of the wax paper – in order to completely seal the edges.
My snowflakes were a little too curled for my liking. So, I placed them inside a large book overnight. This pressed them flat.
Feed a 60cm piece of thread through the needle. Poke the needle through the snowflake…wherever you like. Create a loop and tie an knot. In order for your snowflakes to hang in a random fashion be sure to use various lengths of thread.
So, the question is…do you slow down in the winter? Do you take the time to watch the snowflakes fall?
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