Snowflake Alphabet I originally got the idea from Ranger Rick (I think Jan 05 issue) where they had an alphabet of animals. But their alphabet had things like lions, camels, unicorns and alligators, that would not be relevant in Iowa. So I came up with plants and animals that would be found in Iowa for a snowflake alphabet. I did use 4 of the patterns from Ranger Rick. I used the duck they had for D as my M, their newt as my L, their quail for Q and their fox (which they had for X) as my V. To make the snowflakes, I first cut circles from copy paper (I traced around a ice cream bucket lid). Then I folded the circles in half and tightly creased the fold. The half circle is then folded in thirds, also tightly creased. (I fold one side forward and one side back, accordian style, to make the cutting easier.) The finished folded paper is shaped like a wedge of pie. Next, draw an image on the wedge. Some part of the image must meet each edge so that there is a portion of the fold that remains uncut to connect to the image on the adjacent wedge. Cut out the image. Use an exacto knife to cut thin lines and items that are within the main design. Unfold to view your snowflake. I have done this snowflake making part with ages 1st grade – Assisted Living residents and it worked well everywhere. I had pre-cut the circles and pre-folded the wedges for all groups. Most groups got about 15 – 18 of the alphabet snowflake designs figured out. My snowflake letters for Iowa plants and animals are: A-ant, B-bat, C-cardinal, D-dragonfly, E-evergreen, F-flower, G-great blue heron, H-hummingbird, I-inchworm, J-jewelweed, K-key, L-lizard, M-mallard or marsh, N-nest, O-oak leaf, P-praying mantis, Q-quail, R-rabbit, S- snake, T-tree, U-ungulate, V-vixen (could be Vulpes), X-Xylocopa, Y- Yellow coneflower, Z-Zooplankton.
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