[The North Pole Times]
[1995]
[Santa's OFFICIAL News Source]
Friday February 03, 2023    
[Mikee Elf]
Crafts for Kids!

These Christmas Elf puppets are so cute and even more fun to make. A perfect Christmas craft activity to keep you and your own little elves entertained during the Holidays.


Share the love this Christmas with this easy-to-make Christmas Heart Ornament Craft that requires only a few items you’re likely to already have on hand. Use them as a tree ornament or as a loving extra touch to your gift wrapping.


These adorable North Pole Times Elves are the perfect DIY ornament for kids to make and hang on the Christmas tree!


These DIY Christmas Pop Up Cards are fun and simple to make. Choose from a variety of elves and characters direct from the North Pole to make a unique gift that is loads of fun to share with friends and family.


This fun little Clothespin Snowman craft is super easy to make and just as versatile. Glue them to presents to make a cute gift tag holder. Clip them to your tree for a fun kid-made ornament. Or hide them around the house and have your very own Christmas Snowman Hunt just like you would for an Easter egg hunt.


This colorful paper Elf Hat is super easy to make with our printable elf hat pattern. A fun way to keep kids occupied during the season.


Snowflakes

In my classroom, we love a good wonder

[Snowflakes]

Welcome, wonderers!

It’s Professor Ellie Elf here with my final lesson from the School of Wonders before Christmas.

I think my favorite lessons are those that I haven’t planned. These are when the elves in my class just ask a question about something they’re curious about and we learn together. This happened this week in one of my math lessons when Esme Elf (who is a bit of a daydreamer) was gazing out of the window at the snow coming down.

[by Ellie Elf]

“Professor,” she asked. “I’m wondering about snowflakes…”

In my classroom, we love a good wonder, so the next day we spent a whole afternoon learning about snowflakes. Here are some of the facts we found out…

Snow isn’t frozen rain.
That’s sleet. Instead, snowflakes start life as a tiny grain of pollen or a speck of dust which then freezes and ice crystals form around it. With a powerful enough microscope (and a cold room!), you can actually see the ‘thing’ at the center of every snowflake. 

No two snowflakes are alike.
The air temperature around a snowflake is one of the things that determines the shape it will become. Even if two snowflakes are next to each other as they form, the different air currents and movement will mean that the ice crystals will form differently. 

Most snowflakes are symmetrical and based on hexagons. 
When something is symmetrical, it can be divided in half and both sides are the same. Snowflakes generally have six arms (a ‘hexagon’ is a sixsided shape), so they have six lines of symmetry…

[Snowflakes]

Of course, there are lots and lots of patterns that have six lines of symmetry.

We tried making our own designs by cutting out a circle of paper (or using a paper plate). The next job was to divide it into sixths, which can be tricky.

First, we folded the circle in half. Then, we folded it carefully twice so that each fold was the same size.

[Fold paper]

I then asked my class to cut bits out of their folded circles, from the side, the edge and even the middle, without cutting off the point at the center of the circle.

When they unfolded their shapes, we suddenly had a collection of beautiful snowflakes - all different! And because they had folded their circles into sixths before cutting, they all had six lines of symmetry.

Your challenge for this week is to design your own snowflakes using the same method. Perhaps you could make several of different sizes and use them to decorate your house or classroom?

Have a wonder-full Christmas!

Until next year,
Professor Ellie Elf


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[The North Pole Times News Team]