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December 19, 2017

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Snowflakes

 

Don’t you love to watch the snow fall during the winter months?  Have you ever stuck out your tongue and let a snowflake drop on it?  Most kids have done this while playing out of doors.


What is a snowflake? A snowflake starts out with a tiny speck of dust or dirt that is carried up into the atmosphere by the wind. The ice collects around this speck and a snow crystal is formed. As the tiny
snow crystal’s grow, they become heavy which causes them to fall towards the Earth. The snow crystals then bump into each other and combine to form snowflakes. Every snowflake is made up of many different snow crystals that have joined together as they go through the clouds. Snowflakes usually have six sides. It has been said that no two snowflakes are identical. But - each snowflake is made up from two to two hundred snow crystals!

 

Read on and learn how to grow a snowflake in a jar in today's Science Fun!

 

Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

 

 

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