Of course I have to mention snowflakes in this advent calendar. I love snow in general and I find the unique shapes of snowflakes absolutely beautiful and very mathematical.
December is the best month to play with creating different types of snowflakes. Even though snowflakes are not actually symmetrical, I believe it is quite interesting to create shapes with a 6-fold radial symmetry. Making them intricate, beautiful complex shapes is an awesome extra addition.
I totally advice you check some online tutorial - video or some that have full, step - by - step photos of the folded paper for this activity. It isn't as straight forward as it sounds.
Here’s how to do it:
Start with a square
Fold in half diagonaly
Fold in half again
Fold one third (the right third over the paper)
Fold again one third (the left third over the paper)
Cut the top of the paper at an angle
Shape it - use your imagination to cut the shape you want to (Be careful not to cut all the way from one side to the other, or else you will cut your snowflake in half!)
Unfold to reveal your design