Snowflakes form when water vapor travels through the air and condenses on a particle. This begins to form a slowly growing ice crystal--a snowflake! There are two basic ways that the vapor can condense, and each way plays a big role in the shape that the snowflake will eventually take.
1. To find out everything you'd ever want to know about snowflakes click here. The science of snowflakes is brought to you by SciJinks, a website of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) making the science of weather fun and engaging with exciting and accessible content, games, and multimedia.
2. The Natural History Museum, London, England, shows you how to make really cute animal paper snowflakes, Click here for instructions.
3. Children's Museum in Easton, North Easton, Massachusetts, features a fun activity making your own snowflakes using white pipe cleaners, pom poms, hot glue and gem stickers. Click here to find out how make your own snowflakes.