Is it true that all snowflakes have 6 equal sides, and that no 2 snowflakes look the same? Well, most snowflakes do have 6 sides, but they can also be triangles! It depends on the temperature and height of the clouds, and the humidity (moistness in the air). Meanwhile, every flake contains about 10 *quintillion* water molecules (that’s 10x10x10x10…up to 19 tens) that can line up differently every time. So while two snowflakes COULD look the same, we aren’t going to try to find them!

*Wee ones:* Which flake has fewer sides, a 3-sided flake or a 6-sided one?

*Little kids:* If it starts snowing at 1 pm tomorrow and snows for 5 hours, does it stop in time for dinner at 7 pm? *Bonus:* If each of a snowflake’s 6 points splits into 2 little points at the end, how many little points does the snowflake have?

*Big kids:* If snow is forming in clouds at 25,000 feet, and you’re flying in a plane 10,000 feet above that, how high are you flying? *Bonus:* Most snowflakes form around a teeny speck of dust, but if the clouds are -31 degrees F or colder, they can form out of pure water. How much colder is that than the temperature outside right now?

Answers:

*Wee ones:* The 3-sided one.

*Little kids:* Yes, since it will stop at 6 pm. *Bonus:* 12 points.

*Big kids:* At 35,000 feet. *Bonus:* Different for everyone…take the temperature outside in Fahrenheit, then add 31.