Sometimes, the things I expect to be difficult are no problem, while other turn out to be much harder than anticipated. Like today, when we cut these paper snowflakes: Penguin cut out the circular shapes all by himself, which was brilliant! It takes a level of coordination which just hasn’t been there until now. Lovely to see, and opens up more ideas for future activities…👌
However, after folding the circles (which also went really well), it turned out to be super difficult to cut patterns out, to make the snowflakes. I hadn’t really thought of how much precision is required for this. You need to apply quite a bit of pressure to make the scissors cut through the folded layers of paper, but then you also need to stop yourself from cutting all the way across. That level of control will take some practise to achieve, and we had a few failed attempts today, but we still managed to complete a few snowflakes to stick on our window. And although a couple of these may look quite different from what you’d expect, I really like them! You don’t always have to conform to expectations, sometimes it’s better not to. And these snowflakes of Penguin’s are – just like him – different, not less ✊️
To make your own snowflakes: Cut a circle out of a piece of paper, and fold it in half three times (see picture above). Then make little cuts in different shapes into all three edges. Unfold carefully, and voilá: There’s your snowflake! ❄️
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