Spring Snowflakes!

Seeing snow on top of the daffodils is really confusing! In celebration of the surprising weather, we made Spring Snowflakes at the clinic today.

Snow!

Snow!

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What you need

Those round paper coffee filters are great for this project. You will need coffee filters, water-based (non-permanent) markers, a brush and some water, and scissors.

 First, draw a beautiful spring scene on your coffee filter—those daffodils that were so sunny and yellow yesterday, a rainbow, a rose, or just a colorful design.

  • Then dip a paintbrush in just plain water and drip or paint the water on your drawing
  • Watch the colors run together and blend—making your drawing into a soft-edged, melty design
  • Spread your snowflakes out to dry
  • When dry, fold them in half, then in half again, and half again and cut little notches and designs along the folded edges.
  • When you open them up, you will have colorful concentric snowflake designs. Remember, no two snowflakes are alike, so it doesn’t really matter how you cut them.

 

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Making it snow!

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It’s snowing inside!

 We were so excited about our snowflakes that we made an indoor snowstorm! Have fun!!

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Throughout the year, the Tracy’s Kids art therapists help children decorate their hospital rooms with handmade creations, trying to make a foreign place feel a little bit more like home. Not surprisingly, these decorations tend to become even more festive and prolific during the holidays!

Even after an otherwise very cranky afternoon, one little boy quickly agreed that he wanted to have a white Christmas in his room! Soon, sticker snowflakes sparkled in his window and paper snowflakes floated down from his ceiling. In about twenty minutes, his room and his mood had completely changed. He has been asking for more snowflakes almost every time we see him. A full blown blizzard may be coming in the near future!

Twisted Paper Snowflakes

For the children who have to stay in the hospital over the holidays, a few pieces of paper and appropriately applied tape can make a huge difference. Even when it is fifty degrees and rainy outside, it can be snowing inside Children’s National Medical Center.

Below is a link to directions on how you can make your own twisty paper snowflakes. They can be made in any size and with any color paper. We hope you enjoy trying these on your own, and you can see how quickly any ordinary room can become a real winter wonderland!http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-3D-Paper-Snowflake 

Happy Holidays from Tracy’s Kids at Children’s National Medical Center!!!