Catching Snowflakes


This is one of my favorite lessons. I don’t repeat many lessons but this is one that I did last year and again this year. Every student feels successful with this project and I get so many compliments from teachers and parents! I think this will be one of my staples that I do every year.  Plus it takes some classes just one class period to finish so it’s not a lesson that takes forever to complete. (I only see my students twice a month so some lessons can take several months to finish.)


2nd Grade Catching Snowflakes

Objective: Have students use their imaginations to think of how they might look if they were in a snowstorm catching snowflakes. Students learn about different perspectives and how to create a self portrait is a different perspective than usual. They focus on pattern and repetition when adding details to project.

Materials: Blue 9X12 construction paper, oil pastels

  • They began by drawing the face, but circle with the little button nose on top.
  • Then draw a rectangle with curved corners for the scarf and curving lines to the bottom of the paper for the body.
  • Following that, they added in more details, such as the mouth, the hair, and the sweater pattern. I tell them to make the mouth a really big sideways letter D. The bigger the mouth the more snowflakes they can catch! When they drow the rows of squares for teeth I remind them that this is a self portrait so if they are missing any teeth leave a blank space for each missing tooth. They love this as most 2nd graders are missing a tooth or two. For the hair I remind them that we are in a snow storm so the wind is blowing our hair is all kinds of crazy directions. 
  • Then they will use oil pastels to color it all in, reminding them to fill in all the shapes well so the blue paper isn’t snowing through.
  • The last step is to add the snowflakes. Don’t forget to put one or two on your tongue!!

Check out last year’s Catching Snowflakes!


FA.2.V.2.2 Use personal point of view of the environment as a source of imagery.

FA.2.V.1.3 Understand the “story” in works of art.

FA.2.V.1.2 Create original art that expresses ideas about people, neighborhoods, or communities.

FA.2.V.1.4 Understand characteristics of the Elements of Art, including lines, shapes, colors, textures, form, space, and value.



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