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I love Christmas. It’s my favourite time of year! And whilst it’s fun to do all the traditional Christmassy things like singing carols and baking gingerbread, it’s also great opportunity to try some Christmas-themed science and STEM projects too.
Bonus: some double as cute homemade science-themed Christmas gifts or decorations!
Christmas Science Activities on Go Science Kids
Here are a few Christmas science experiments and activities we’ve tried on Go Science Kids so far.
More Christmas STEM projects from around the web
These ideas all sound awesome – I can’t wait to try them!
- Did you know you can use Poinsettia leaves as a pH indicator? OMG – for reals! Love this idea from Teach Beside Me.
- Check out these binary alphabet ornaments from Little Bins for Little Hands. Steamsational shows how to make binary ornaments of your kids names. Sounds like fun hands-on coding ideas!
- Got an “Elf-on-the-Shelf”? Make an elf zipline, from There’s Just One Mommy.
- Give your kids a few basic household items or craft supplies, and challenge them to make an ornament holder. From Schooling a Monkey.
- If you end up with too many candy canes, see if you can dissolve the stripes off one. Or you could use some to make a cool candy cane maze! From Playdough to Plato.
- Light up cards and gift tags are so awesome – yes you need to buy a few supplies beforehand, but talk about a “Wow!” factor. These hand-drawn light up Christmas cards from Mama Smiles are adorable, and these printable light up gift tags from Left Brain Craft Brain are super cute too.
- You can make light up Christmas ornaments too! How cute is this soft circuit light-up tree from Teach Beside Me, and this little standing ‘circuit tree’ from STEAM Powered Family would look great all lit up on a windowsill.
- Or you could use lights in your Christmas artwork, like this light up Christmas tree art from Inspiration Laboratories. Because you can never have too many lights at Christmas time!
- Little Bins for Little Hands has a couple of cute crystal gingerbread ideas. I love how she used a cookie cutter to make these Borax crystal gingerbread men, and her salt crystal gingerbread men look like they’re covered in mini cubes of sugar!
- Explore a Christmas food chain by Science Sparks.
- This is cool – cut a 3D paper Christmas tree! From Mama Smiles.
- Or make a ‘magic’ walk thru holiday card from Babble Dabble Do.
- Make some DIY Christmas optical illusions! From Science Sparks
- Give your engineering skills a workout with this gum drop Christmas tree challenge from Left Brain Craft Brain.
- Turn your Magnatiles into little magnetic Christmas trees! From And Next Comes L.
- Playdough to Plato have a fun Christmassy twist on the classic Elephants Toothpaste demonstration – make Reindeer Toothpaste instead!
- Make a Christmas tree geoboard, like this one from The STEM Laboratory
- Steamsational also has a cool programmable Christmas lights engineering project that older kids might like to try.
- Do you have a live Christmas tree in your home? It’s a great opportunity to measure how much your Christmas tree drinks! From Mama Smiles.
Even MORE Christmas ideas
You might like to check out some of the projects on my Christmas Science and STEM for Kids Pinterest board. I’m always pinning new ideas I love over there!