4 Snowflake Facts for Children

Snowflakes are delicate little crystals that fall from the sky and lay a blanket of magic across the ground, perfect for kids who want to head to the nearest mountain for a fun day of skiing. A large accumulation of these lovely little drops of moisture can create an instant playground for kids who love to be outdoors. Lots of kids probably never slow down long enough to contemplate the formation of each individual snowflake, and how they fit into the natural water cycle. You will want to check out some intriguing children's books about snowflakes that are packed full of fascinating information.

Here are some pretty interesting facts about snowflakes to share with your kids next time they head out to play in the fluffy, cold snow.




Cool Snowflake Trivia Kids Will Love

Snowflakes are symmetrical.

If a snowflake could be cut in half, both sides would be completely identical. There is a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. The internal order of the water crystal's molecules determines how they fill predetermined spaces. This process is called crystallization. Kids who make snowflakes by folding a paper in half to create symmetry will now know why.


Snowflakes are not actually white.

The crystals are translucent, but they take on a white appearance when light reflects off of them. Sometimes snow can even take on a blue hue, or in areas where air pollution is high, it can look grey.

bird and snowflakes

Snowflakes are made up of tiny ice crystals.

They form around tiny, microscopic pieces of dirt in the atmosphere. Temperature and humidity determine how big each snowflake becomes. In extremely cold temperatures, simple crystals drop from the sky. But when it is a little warmer, just around the freezing mark, the crystals hang in the air longer and join with other crystals, sometimes upward of 200 joining together to form a singular snowflake.




There are five different types of snowflake formations.

Scientists who study snowflakes generally agree on the following classifications: needles, dendrites, columns, plates, and prisms. There are other, less common classification systems, some of which identify 80 different formations. Most decorations and illustrations of snowflakes are in the dendrite shape. They have six points and beautiful, intricate designs.





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