Snowflakes!
Don't Be Afraid

 

Bible Verse: "Don't be afraid, for I am with you." Isaiah 41:10a

Printable Bible Phrase Cards: Print out the cards onto card stock, cut them apart, and send one home with each student. (KJV Pattern, NIV Pattern, or Blank Pattern (Printing Problems?)

Teaching Concept: Children learn that God is in control of everything. We don't have to be afraid because God has a plan for our lives. He wants us to follow him.

 

Opening Activity

 

Make a Snowflake Frame with Bible Verse Picture

Snowflake Frame Bible Verse Craft Cut out a frame from a half a sheet of construction paper leaving a one inch border all the way around.

Have children glue on fun foam snowflakes or snowflake stickers.

Foam Self-Adhesive Foam Snowflake Shapes from Amazon.com

 

How to make this poster:

Print out the Bible Verse Picture (PDF Pattern) and make copies. Cut them in half. Glue the picture to the back of the frame. Add a magnetic strip to the back so the children can hang them on their refrigerator. (Printing Problems?)

How to Print or Copy these instructions.
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"Find the Snowflakes that Match" Activity Sheet

Print out the Activity Sheet (PDF Pattern) and make copies. Have your children see if they can find the matching snowflakes


The Lesson

 

Preparation: Before class print out pictures of snowflakes or get a book from the library. Snow Crystals.net web site has great pictures of snow crystals. (See the picture above.) I just clicked on the pictures I wanted and saved them to a file. The pictures are too big to print out on a regular sheet of paper so you will have to change the size in a photo editing program. I used a black and white laser printer and the picture came out great. Sorry I can't include the pictures for printout on this site because they are not copyrighted for commercial publication, but you may print them out for your personal use. http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/


Have you ever looked at a snowflake really close? They are really amazing aren't they? (If you have pictures, hand them out so the children can see them.) Scientists tell us that no two snowflakes are exactly alike. They have discovered that the shape of a snowflake is determined by the journey it takes through the sky, the temperature, and how wet or dry it is. Every snowflake starts forming around a speck of dust that is floating in the air. A tiny water droplet attaches itself to the dust and forms into a six sided ice crystal. The crystal grows into a snowflake as it travels through the sky on its way to earth. Since no two snowflakes take exactly the same journey through the sky and experience the exact same conditions, no two are exactly alike.

Let's pretend we are a little water droplets that have just attached ourselves to a dust particle. Tell the children to pretend to be snowflakes by grabbing onto a dust particle and forming into a six-sided crystal. (Remind the children that snowflakes are very quiet, so they can't make a sound while they are pretending.) Tell them to pretend that they are being blown around in a cloud and they are gently bumping into other small snowflakes within the cloud. Now they have broken free of the cloud and a strong wind is blowing them up and around and over and over like they were on a roller coaster ride. Now they start to fall down to the ground, slowly falling because they are so light. They finally land softly and quietly on top of other snowflakes that have already fallen to the ground. Have the children all sit back down in their places and remind them that snowflakes are very quite.

Raise your hands if you ever feel like a snowflake that is being blown all over the place, out of control, with no way to stop what is happening to you? We all feel this way sometimes, don't we?

Sometimes it seems like everything is out of control or everything is changing and we can't do anything about it. People get sick, our friends leave us, and we can't stop it. Sometimes people we love die and it seems like it just isn't fair.

Sometimes we feel like we are all alone or that we have nothing to hold onto to keep us from being blown away. We feel like things are happening that we have no control over.

But you don't have to feel this way. God wants you to know that he is in control of everything. He made you and loves you. No matter what happens to you or your family or friends, he is with you. He is right there beside you. He will never leave you. Open your Bible and read Joshua 1:5: "No one will be able to stand their ground against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you." God made this promise to Joshua and he makes that same promise to everyone who follows him.

Sometimes you may think that God has forgotten about you or doesn't care about you because he has let bad things happen in your life. But God does care. The Bible tells us that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." Open your Bible and read Romans 8:28. Bad things do happen, but if you are following God, he promises to make good things come from those bad things.

God had a plan when he created you. And they are good plans. He wants you to follow him. When you follow him, you are never alone. Ask God to show you the journey he wants you to take through life and he will guide you the whole way. You won't be like the snowflakes blowing around wildly not knowing where you are going or where you will land. You will know exactly where you are headed. You will be heading in the direction God wants you to go. Someday when your journey is over you will go to live with him where is has prepared a place for you and has been waiting for you to join him and everyone you love to live forever with him in heaven.

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Prayer

 

Father, Help us not to be afraid because you are always with us. We never have to feel alone or abandoned because you will never leave us. You knew us before we were born and have a special plan for each one of us. Help us to always follow you. Amen

 

Crafts

 

Make a Snowflake with a Poem Craft

Snowflake Poem Craft

This is my snowflake, I made it myself.
If it were real, it would quickly melt.
It wouldn’t be around forever and ever,
But there is one thing that won’t leave us, no, never.
It is God’s Love for each of us all.
He will never leave us, He’s there when we call.
So if I feel sad or just need a friend,
I can always turn to God, on Him I can depend.”
by Carolyn White

How to make:

1. Print out a copy of the Snowflake Poem (PDF Pattern) and copy it onto different colors of paper. (Printing Problems?)

2. Cut out circles from white paper and have the children fold the paper in half and then in half again and show them how to cut snowflakes. If you don't remember how to make snowflakes you can go to the Winter Crafts Page for directions. If you don't want to make snowflakes you can use snowflake stickers or fun foam shapes.

 

Make Wagon Wheel Noodle Snowflakes

Snowflake Noodle CraftBefore class spray paint wagon wheel noodles with white spray paint. In class have the children glue the noodles to a piece of blue paper. Write the memory verse on the paper.

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Make Craft Stick Snowflakes - See the Winter Crafts Page for more craft ideas.

 

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Make a "Don't be Afraid, for I Am with You" Snowflake Mobile

Snowflake MobileWhat you will need: Card stock, white yarn, scissors, tape and paper punch.

How to make:

1. Print out the patterns and cut them out.

Print out Cloud and Snowflake Pattern 2 (PDF Pattern) on the back of Cloud and Snowflake Pattern 1 (PDF Pattern)so that you will have a matching picture on both sides of the paper.

Print out the Snowflakes Pattern 2 (PDF Pattern) on the back of Snowflakes Pattern 1 (PDF Pattern) (Printing Problems?)

2. Cut out all the pieces and punch holes in them.

3. Attach the snowflakes to the cloud with white yarn of different lengths.

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Make Colorful Snowflakes

If your children are second grade or older, you can make snowflakes for them. ChristianCrafters.com has some free snowflake patterns and a book you can order to get more snowflakes with Christian symbols in them.

You can also find patterns on Dave's Paper Snowflake Patterns web site.

How to Print or Copy these instructions.

 

 

Activities

 

Bible Verse Review

1. Before class pSnowflake Bible Verse Review Game from www.daniellesplace.comrint out the snowflake pattern onto different light colored paper and loosely cut them out.

(Large Snowflake Pattern or Small Snowflake Pattern

2. Write one word of the Bible verse on each snowflake.

3. Tape the snowflakes on the wall or board in random order.

4. In class call on one child at a time to come up to the wall and work on putting the words in order. Give each child ten seconds and then call on another child. When the verse is correctly put in order, mix the snowflakes up again and start all over until each child has had a turn. See if the children can beat their previous times each time you play.

 

Snowflake and Drinking Straws Bible Verse Review Game

Snowflake Drinking Straw Bible Verse Review Game from www.daniellesplace.com1. Before class print out the Snowflake Patterns. Make one set for every child or group of three children in your class. (KJV Pattern or NIV Pattern)

2. Mark a start and finish line on opposite sides of your room using painter's tape.

3. This game can be played using teams of three or individual children playing against each other.

4. To play using teams break up your children into teams of three and give each child a straw. Give them each a snowflake from the set of three snowflakes. The object of the game is for the children to work together to blow all the snowflakes down to the finish line and blow them in order to make the Bible verse. The first team to do this wins.

5. If you have only a few children, you can give each child a set of three cards and have each child blow all three cards to the finish line and place them in order.

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Act Out a Poem (Preschool)

Snowflakes
(Written by Carolyn Warvel)

Snowflakes, snowflakes blowing all around. (Stand in a circle holding hands and walk around in a circle.)
Blowing, blowing round and round.

Snowflakes, snowflakes falling down. (Slowly crouch down as you walk in a circle.)
Falling, falling without a sound.

Snowflakes, snowflakes on the ground. (Sit down on the floor.)
Growing, growing into mounds.

3. Falling Snowflake
(Written by Carolyn Warvel)
Sing to “Hush little baby”

Falling snowflake, where will you go?
Blowing, blowing to and fro,
Landing softly in the snow.
When I see you, I can know,
God is with me and loves me so.
He will never leave me or let me go.

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Comments

We would love to hear your comments about this lesson. If you have done this lesson with your class we would love to hear how it went, if you changed anything, added anything, what age you taught and was it appropriate. Any comments that would help other teachers would be greatly appreciated and posted here for everyone to read.

I did the lesson "Snowflakes" with my 4 yr. old - 3rd grade class. They all really enjoyed learning how snowflakes are formed. Some even decided that they didn't want to catch snowflakes in their mouths anymore. However, when I went to print out the snowflakes for the craft they didn't line up. We ended up cutting out 2 copies of each for each child and they glued them together, back to back. Some children took their snowflakes home and were going to color them, others liked them being white. I get all my lessons from Danielle's Place. We usually do the lesson and then the craft that goes along with it. Children always love doing crafts and so do I. Sue Haviland

Hi, I just want to let you know that the snowflake lesson turned out great! Actually, I had to improvise a lot because at the last minute my first through third grade class became an anybody-third-grade-and-under class! I didn't have enough of the poems copied to glue macaroni wheel snowflakes to and I knew the younger kids wouldn't be able to handle making the beaded snowflakes, so we drew a simple snowflake shape in glue on blue construction paper and glued the beads to it. They were very pretty! All the kids seemed proud of their artwork. We also enjoyed acting like snowflakes in different types of snow storms. We took turns calling out different types of storms to pretend. (I was lucky that it was a warm day and we could go outside to do this!) I had gotten books from the library that had close-up photos of snowflakes. We were all amazed at the beauty and complexity of God's miniature creation, the snowflake. Debra

I did the snowflake lesson with my Junior Church Class last week ages 2 - 5. We started the lesson by reading a book from the library called "Millions of Snowflakes" by Mary McKenna Siddals. We acted out the pages as we read the book and then went into acting out a snowflakes journey to earth. The children loved this part and were then ready to settle down for the rest of the lesson. For the craft I enlarged the poem craft on blue construction paper which made it nicer for the children to paste their painted wagon wheels to, to make snowflakes. I feel this lesson helped them realize that no matter how each one of them are different from each other, the Lord made them as He did the Snowflakes and cares about what happens to each of them. Thank you so much for your great ideas! Marleen Sooy

I have a 4 through 5 years class on Wednesday nights at church. One thing that I added when doing the snowflake lesson was a snowball fight using bags of white cotton balls. I have mostly 4-year-old boys, so I had a rule that you were to stay on your knees to keep activity at a slower pace. The children loved it. You would have thought it was real snow! Mary

We had a lot of fun with this lesson and I did it pretty much as outlined. For a snack, we made home-made snow cones that the kids made themselves. We also made TONS of paper snowflakes and I used them for a border for a large bulletin board. We also talked about how unique snowflakes are and how we are also all unique. One last thing we did was to go around the class and thank God for anything that began with "snow" (snowflakes, snowmen, snow forts, etc. One got silly and added "s-no school".) Teri Couture

Hello, I just wanted to let you know we did this lesson on snowflakes, and it was a lot of fun. We did go to another site and made patterns for some very beautiful snowflakes, they had easy ones for younger children and harder ones for the older children. The children really enjoyed acting like snowflakes. Thank you so much for all you do. Christina Penley

Last Sunday I did the lesson on snowflakes, the kids loved it. They loved the part where they pretended to be snowflakes.Thanks for all the great ideas. Stacey

I used your Snowflakes lesson plan for my yoth group (Grades 3 - 5). The children enjoyed pretending to be snowflakes and learned about God’s love for them when they did the “Snowflake with a Poem” craft. This was easy to do and can be done by anyone in this age group. Glenda

I did the lesson on snowflakes. It was a good lesson. I broadened the lesson though. I had my daughters cut out snowflakes each one being different. I made some with hearts in the center myself representing the love God had for us. I did the lesson that God has a plan for us from what your lesson. I did add the fact that each snowflake is different. And told my class that the snowflake is like we are. They are different on the outside but on the inside we are all the same and that God loves each and every one of us. We need to trust in him and remember he is always with us. The children loved the lesson and were very interested in the formation of snowflakes. I did do the tortilla project and gave each of my kids a tortilla shell and told them to cut snowflakes out of the shells. I think it would have worked better if the shells would have been put in the microwave with a moist napkin to give them a chance to cut them out before they got hard on them. This was a great lesson. The day I did it there was a little snow. I think the next time it snows the children will look at it differently. Thanks for another great lesson. Melanie

 

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