To do this, you will need
- Magnifying glass
- Black construction paper, cardstock, or piece of black foam
- A snowy day
1. Place a piece of black construction paper outside to chill. Make sure you don't lay in the snow though so it doesn't get wet.
2. After the paper has chilled, go outside and catch snowflakes on it.
3. Use the magnifying glass to get a good look at the snowflakes. Are they all different?
- The size and shape of the snowflake is dependent on the humidity and temperature it was formed at.
- Falling through the atmosphere and varying conditions can cause changes to the snowflake's shape.
- The 6 sided snowflakes are the stereotypical snowflake. Because they are larger and more complex, these will most likely all be unique in shape.
- There are other shapes and types of snowflakes. Some snow crystals are so small that you cannot see them using just your eyes. These smaller, less complex snowflakes could be the same shape.
- The biggest snowflake was supposed have a diameter of 15 inches and fell in 1887 in Ft. Keogh, Montana.