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Colorful Coffee-Filter Snowflakes
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Colorful Coffee-Filter Snowflakes

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These colorful snowflakes add a splash of color to your indoor winter wonderland!

This activity is appropriate for:
pre-k - 3rd grade / 4 - 8 years

You will need:

Before you begin:

Set up an art station or table so students can complete this project in small groups (4?5 students). Cover your surface with wax paper, and add a few drops of food coloring (a different color for each bowl) to the bowls of water.


  1. Have students take a coffee filter and flatten it on the wax paper surface.
  2. Invite students to dip a paintbrush into the colored water and drip a few drops onto the coffee filter. (Note: Warn students to avoid using too much water. A small drop of color will spread to create interesting patterns or designs on the filter.) Encourage them to use as many or as few colors as they like.
  3. Set aside the coffee filters and allow them to dry.
  4. Guide students to fold the dry coffee filters in half several times. Show them how to cut small shapes (e.g., triangles, squares, semicircles) into the sides of the folds.
  5. Have students unfold their coffee filters to reveal snowflakes in unique patterns and colors!

Learning Extension

  1. Teach students the Five Little Snowflakes chant to practice addition and subtraction. Print the Five Little Snowflakes reproducible and pass out a copy of the chant to each student. Invite five students at a time to come up to the front of the room and act out each verse, snowflakes in hand, as the class chants together!
  2. Punch a hole in the top of each snowflake and attach a length of string or curling ribbon to it. Hang these colorful snowflakes from the ceiling or windows to brighten up your classroom!
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