AHG Merit Badge Help – Pen & Paper #4 – Paper snowflakes

Last week I shared how to create silhouettes, a PiPa requirement for the Pen and Paper Merit Badge.  This week I thought I would share a Tenderheart level requirement.

With the recent flu outbreak, I had the privilege of leading the Tenderheart unit meeting.  Paper snowflakes paired perfectly with the troop devotional that night. God made each of us unique and with different spirits (based on 1 Corinthians 12).

I began the discussion by asking what the girls knew about snowflakes. And was able to move the conversation how each snowflake is different.

From there we created our own snowflakes.  I was surprised how much the girls enjoyed this activity.  Every one of the girls wanted to make multiple snowflakes.  Even the Patriots who stopped by my room after the meeting wanted to get in on the action.

I realize that you can search online for beautiful and intricate snowflake patterns, I opted to keep it very simple.  Our Tenderheart unit is pretty young and enjoyed the surprise in opening their creation and discovering their design.  I was surprised to learn how many of the girls had never created paper snowflakes before.

Coffee Filters
Tape to display the snowflakes

Each participant was given a coffee filter.  I showed them how to fold it into eighths and cut along the two edges.  I then used tape to display their work on the wall.

If you have an older group of Tenderhearts you may want to share some of Alexey Kljatov’s photographs of snowflakes.

NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.


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