Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tie-dye Snowflakes

With this activity, I've taken the typical paper snowflake and jazzed it up a bit. It is very simple to do, and since the paper is thin, it takes less strength to cut making it a good activity for preschool children. This does take a bit of skill using scissors so it would probably be best for children 3 and up - possibly younger with a lot of help. My almost 4-year-old was able to do it all by herself.

This is what you'll need
  • One 4 cup round coffee filter (white)
  • Markers
  • Newspaper or wax paper
  • Spray bottle
  • Scissors
  • Lay out the newspaper or wax paper and flatten the coffee filters out on top of it.
  • Have your child(ren) color the coffee filter with markers - making sure they use a lot of colors.
  • Once they have finished coloring their filter, have them spray it with water until the colors start to blend.(Make sure they don't spray too close - you want them to mist, not soak, it)
  • Leave it on newspaper or wax paper to dry.
  • Once the filters have dried, remove them from the newspaper.
  • Have your child fold the filter in half, then in half again
  • Next, show them how to cut the filter on all three sides, making sure to leave portions of the folded area connected.
  • Unfold, and voila! Tie-dye snowflakes! :)

Variation: If you want to make these look more traditionally tie-dyed:
  • Grab the center of the filter and pull the ends together like a cone.
  • Tie rubber bands or twisty ties around the filter.
  • Color and spray.
  • Let dry.
  • From this point you just follow the same directions as above.


  1. Oh yes. I like your version. Fun for the children to cut the colorful coffee filter. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  2. Super fun activity, I remember doing something similar to this when I was teaching as well with my children.

    Stopping by via the Lovin the Readers Hop. I have followed you in all the social networks we have in common.

  3. Very pretty! Our kids love making snowflakes. We will have to try these.


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