Monday, 28 January 2013

Snowflakes: Winters U.F.O.s
Unidentified Floating Objects in the Winter Sky

The Spark:
Of course, we can all identify snowflakes as they fall from the winter sky but have you ever looked at them up close?  The snowflake is one of the most recognizable symbols for winter and snowflakes falling on crisp winter day puts a smile on most people's faces.  In fact, we love snowflake gazing so much that we created snow globes for those days that snowfalls were not available.  When you look at snowflakes with the naked eye they all seem alike but take a look at them up close and you will find a different story.  Snowflakes surely are fascinating.  In fact, a man named Wilson A. Bentley, who lived in Jericho, Vermont, was born in 1865 loved to look at and study snowflakes.  He became so fascinated with them that he actually photographed 5,300 snowflakes over 46 winters.  

Snowflakes come in many shapes and sizes and people claim that no two snowflakes look alike.   Snowflakes start to take form when super cold water vapour in the clouds bump into tiny dust particles. How the tiny ice crystals take their place to form a snowflake is nothing short of amazing!

Are you interested in taking an up-close look at these minuscule U.F.O.'s floating down from the winter sky and landing right in your backyard?  Calling all Super Natural Superheroes to ACTIVATE!  Let's start our quest to find out more about snowflakes.  Begin your quest with the question WHY?

Start Your Quest:
Why:  To take a closer look at snowflakes and discover all that we can about their magical shapes.
What:  To make snowflake stencils, face paint snow princesses and princes, celebrate winter fest with an ode to snowflakes, collect them, learn about them and explore their fascinating shapes.
Who:  You, your friends, and family.
Where:  Your backyard or nearby patch of nature
When:  The next time you see a snowfall
How:  Find out below.  It's a S.N.CH.!  Or is it?

Take Action:

Forest Friends read Snowflake Bentley

Cut out these snowflake stencils to use for face painting.  Create you own as well.

Get ready to celebrate Winter Fest by painting your face as an ode to snowflakes.

Try and catch snowflakes on your tongue as they fall.

Capture these frozen U.F.O.s and try to see if you can find two that are the same.  Try this experiment:  Freeze a piece of black paper in your freezer.  Take the frozen sheet out in the snowfall and let the snowflakes fall on it.  Get a magnifying glass and look at the different snowflake shapes.

Join in on the floating fun with your own frozen float objects, soapy bubbles of course.

Don't Stop Here:
Keep on researching and discovering all you can about snowflakes.  If you have a hunch about something just drop us an email and we'll give it a whirl and get back to you.  

Quest Check: 
We are very interested in keeping you interested on your quest to explore and learn more about nature.  Keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests.

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