Sadly, our week at The British International School, in Budapest, has been cancelled, due to some unexpected, and incredibly deep, snow in that part of Hungary.
There’s snow business like snow business.
A few flakes does not a winter make… but here are some fun ideas:
From the earliest memories of our childhood, many of us can remember hearing the phrase “no two snowflakes are alike”. This discovery was made in the small rural town of Jericho, Vermont, USA, by Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931).
A self educated farmer, Bentley attracted world attention with his pioneering work in the area of “photomicrography”, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (which we commonly call snowflakes).
By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.
He would go on to capture more than 5000 snowflakes during his lifetime, not finding any two alike.
Visit the Snowflake Bentley site for more info.
We often think that snowflakes are always the classic six-pointed star-like design. In reality there is a huge range of shapes and forms.
Click on the image on the left to view/download a pdf of the chart from
The detail that can be see in a single snowflake is incredible.
The art of photographing that detail has developed
since Wilson Bentley’s time.
There is an awful lot of detail in the Wikipedia entry on SNOW
How about making your own paper snowflakes?
This is “a little more complicated than a two-dimensional paper snowflake but it looks excellent and is a suitable craft for children adept with scissors and who have a little patience.
It will produce a 6-armed three-dimensional snowflake that makes a perfect tree decoration for net year, or window-hanger.”
There are also quite a few good digital ways to create your own snowflake designs.
For example, add your designs to the falling flake gallery at Snowdays.
I still think the best is the Make a Flake at Barkleyus.
Have fun whatever the weather.
See you on the other side of the snowdrift… if you find yourself near one!
Category: 2) Useful n Interesting