This is a very simple craft. All we did was cut up some qtips and toss them, plus some uncut qtips on the tables, along with a container with some glue. We gave each child a sheet of construction paper.
We showed them how to hold the qtip by the cotton end and dip it in glue.
And then we let them do whatever they liked.
No models. No instructions. No "that's not a snowflake."
We had 21 kids, ages 3-6, who had just come out of a wiggly, rowdy storytime (only kind I do), sitting quietly and working on their crafts. My assistant was AMAZED at their concentration and hard work.
Here's some of their work. It's beautiful. It's individual. It's THEIRS.
Next time you're planning one of those damned cookie cutter crafts with 12 million little pieces to cut out so the kids can reassemble them, stop! And remember this.
No two snowflakes are alike. And no 2 crafts should be alike either.