Digital Snowflake Art Project
Do you need an exciting and engaging winter activity that will work for both your virtual and in-person students? This Google Slides art project requires no prep and includes a writing component to tie literacy into art. Your students will feel successful in making their own digital snowflake craft. It’s as simple as copy and paste!
Additionally, it pairs well with the book, “Snowflake Bentley” inspired by the life and work of Wilson Bentley, a farmer from Vermont. It would also work well for STEM/STEAM, and tech teachers infusing art into the technology curriculum.
Digital Snowflake Craft Preview
Overview of Digital How To Make a Snowflake
First, your students will select a solid colored background to place all their snowflake parts onto. Then, they’ll pick one of the snowflake “bodies” and enlarge it on the slide. Next, they will choose a design for the center. At this point, your students will use various shapes to design one “leg” of the snowflake. Once completed, they’ll group all the shapes, copy, paste, and rotate them to fit the remaining “legs.” Lastly, they’ll add a few paint blobs to the background.
And, if you’d like to take it a step further, have students use crayons, markers, or pastels to design their own background. Then, they can insert it into the background. Use it as an opportunity to teach students about blending colors. This art project is also a great exercise in teaching about analogous colors as well as geometric and free-form shapes.
These digital build a snowflake templates include 194 moveable graphics for your students to decorate their own unique snowflake. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document to teach students how to flip an image and change the order of images to bring something forward or backward.
The download contains a two-page PDF with directions on how to access the templates. And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
I’ve included directions for some basics like copy/pasting, rotating, ordering, and adjusting the size of images as well as how to group items.
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF – Basic overview of the art project included.
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the digital paper snowflake templates located on page 2 and 3 of the PDF.)
- 13 Student Directions Slides – These slides explain how to use some of the basic features of Google Slides including how to copy/paste, rotate, scale up/down, and change the order of objects in a layout.
- 7 Student Useable Background Slides – These include solid colored pastel backgrounds. This is where students will place their snowflake parts onto. Any background slide a student is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with.
- 194 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background slides mentioned above. They will use these shapes to compose their snowflake. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- 2 Writing Prompts – These prompts are designed to work for students in fourth through seventh grades.
- 4 Teacher Examples – The last four slides of the deck can be used to demonstrate on and show students a completed version of the project. Do not include these when you send a copy of the art project to your students.
- Each template page is designed on 8.5×11″ slides and can be printed if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions for Digital Snowflake Art Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google Slides can be shared with students. You’re just using those LMS’s to assign things.
- Do students need their own Google account to use this? Yes, they will need access to Slides to work in Slides, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have children use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital snowflake templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Google Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file in Slides. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can students add their own background to the scene? Yes! This is such a great way to incorporate photography into your lessons. Have students take a picture and upload it to their Drive. Once in there, they can import it into the slide.
- How do I get the digital snowflake templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Very easy! Check the bottom of page 2 and the middle of page 3.