Today was a beautiful, snowy day -- the perfect kind to throw away all other plans and head outside to study snowflakes (and a little physics, too -- my little ones are always ready to go sledding)!
I've been excited to try this snowflake preserving activity ever since Montessori Mom pointed the way last week (for some reason I'm unable to open http://blog.montessorimom.com/ but I'll update with the link if/when I can. Her Snowflakes post was on Jan 3, in case you want to try connecting directly). So we took the glass out of an unused dollar-store picture frame, grabbed a can of clear Krylon spray out of the closet and headed out to the barn!
I'm not sure exactly what I expected, but I can't say that our efforts resulted in "delicate white plastic snowflakes" that can be "carefully stored." However, the snowflakes did adhere to the spray-coated glass, and when dry, left a few study-able snowflake imprints!
We don't own a "real" microscope (let alone one with photographic capacity), but we do have a little mini-microscope (30x power -- I think it came with a kit). We were so excited to actually be able to see snowflakes on our glass that I decided to try to take a picture through the eyepiece.
I'm actually rather amazed at the results -- check these out!