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Thursday September 28, 2023    
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Crafts for Kids!

Pass on secret codes that only you and your fellow spy detectives can decipher. This Super Secret Decoder Wheel is SO secret that... We’d tell you more but, it’s a secret! :) A great way to build analytical skills.

Kids 5 and under love to get creative with different painting techniques. Painting with sponges is a simple and fun way to explore basic shapes to paint and cut out.

Looking for a fun craft idea to keep the kiddos busy this holiday season while on holiday recess? This cute little sock snowman might be exactly what you need! Other than being an adorable decoration, it’s also a cool way make use of old socks.

It's the most wonderful time of the year but it wouldn't be complete without Santa in his sleigh.

This adorable Santa Paper Plate Mask craft is a great craft for your child using things you most likely have around your home.

A Rudolph Reindeer Photo Ornament that is sure to make your kids stand out this Christmas. 


In my classroom, we love a good wonder


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…


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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