Teach Math Concepts with Paper Snowflakes

Teach Math Concepts with Paper Snowflakes

Teach your students the concept of math symmetry through paper snowflake making. We have all made paper snowflakes in our lives, but have you have ever stopped to think about the concept behind them.

The Math in Making Snowflakes

The most basic way to make a paper snowflake is to fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally and then half again and cut designs into it with a scissors. When you unfold it, you not only have a one-of-a-kind snowflake but also the perfect example of four lines of symmetry. When you fold your paper in half diagonally again before cutting, you can create 8 lines of symmetry and so on.

Snowflake Folding Techniques

Have your students experiment with different folding techniques and use precision tip scissors to cut them to create a beautiful array of paper creations for the class to share. After your lesson in symmetry is done, these paper snowflakes make great room decorations too!