Are you a planner, a Christmas fanatic, or even a last-minute project setter upper? We have everything you need to make the Christmas holidays amazing for your kids with the best Christmas science experiments! These Christmas science activities are easy to do at home or school and will truly make the holiday season extra special. Also, make sure to join in with our 25 Days of Christmas STEM Countdown!
EASY CHRISTMAS SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS FOR KIDS
Our Christmas science activities are fun, easy to set up and not time-consuming. You can pick up all the materials you need when you do your Christmas shopping!
These awesome choices for Christmas science experiments for kindergarten to elementary can be turned into a fun countdown to Christmas. You will find more about this below.
WHY SCIENCE AND CHRISTMAS?
Any holiday is a perfect opportunity for creating simple but AMAZING theme science activities. Christmas has so many fun opportunities for kids to explore science and STEM all month long. From candy canes to Christmas trees, and gingerbread men to Santa himself!
- Kids love theme science and it gets them learning and loving science! You can easy explore similar topics all year with different themes!
- Theme science can still work with the NGSS (Next generation Science Standards).
- Our Christmas science activities work well for kids ages kindergarten through to elementary.
- Explore Christmas chemistry and physics with easy-to-set up and inexpensive science ideas.
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WHY IS SCIENCE SO IMPORTANT?
Kids are curious and always looking to explore, discover, check out, and experiment to find out why things do what they do, move as they move, or change as they change! Indoors or outdoors, science is definitely amazing! Holidays like Christmas just make science all the more fun to try!
Science surrounds us, inside and out. Kids love checking things out with magnifying glasses, creating chemical reactions with kitchen ingredients, and of course exploring stored energy!
Check out these awesome science activities for preschoolers to get started any time of the year including the other “big” days.
Science starts early, and you can be a part of that with setting up science at home with everyday materials. Or you can bring easy science to a group of kids! We find a ton of value in cheap science activities and experiments.
Looking for easy-to-print activities, and inexpensive problem-based challenges?
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BEST CHRISTMAS SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
Click on the links below in red to learn more about each of these easy Christmas science experiments, including supplies needed, set up instructions, and simple science information. And if you need us, send us an email. We are here to help!
Christmas science with fizzing Christmas trees. We put a bit of spin on the classic baking soda and vinegar science activity! Watch the video and check out the directions.
Turn chemistry into a Christmas tree ornament when you learn about solutions, mixtures, and growing crystals. These look beautiful hanging on the tree and are sturdy. We have kept ours for several years now!
This is an easy Christmas science experiment to set up with the kids and offers room for exploration as you test different liquids or different temperatures of water. What about even testing different colored candy canes?
Although we have a whole collection of Christmas slime recipes to choose from, I have highlighted a few in this Christmas science list as well. Slime is science and does fit into the NGSS science standards especially for states of matter.
We make Christmas slime in so many fun ways that it may be hard to choose which one to try first! From fluffy to glittery and gingerbread scented to Santa themed….
This easy Christmas science lab is an awesome example of water density, and kids will love the fascinating candy science! This candy science experiment uses a classic candy, Skittles in fun Christmas colors.
These are very similar to our crystal candy canes above and perfect if you have a favorite gingerbread man theme book you want to pair with a science activity too.
Baking is all about chemistry and is perfect for Christmas science. Although we aren’t baking cookies here, we are testing out an alternative to baking soda and vinegar reactions. Ever wonder how cookies get their lift?
Another fun way to grow crystals is with salt! This is perfect for the youngest scientists because all you need is salt and water. These will take longer to form then the borax crystal ideas above, but it’s a terrific process just the same.
Another favorite slime recipe for the holiday season because of it’s incredible smell! Of course you can mix it up with pumpkin pie spice or just plain cinnamon.
Another fun Christmas science activity, dissolving gingerbread man cookies to pair with a favorite Christmas book!
Building a simple catapult is a great way to explore physics through play! Newton’s laws of motion pair nicely with this homemade STEM activity for Christmas.
The kids are always amazed by this one, and it’s really easy to set up! Help melt Santa’s frozen hands with simple science.
Explore the power of magnetism with Christmas ornaments and magnetic and non-magnetic objects. Have the kids guess yes or no, and test their answers!
We had fun naming this Santa’s science lab for the senses where we explore taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell all with Christmas theme items and goodies.
One of the must fun Christmas science activities to date! Watching these ornaments erupt is always a blast. This is classic baking soda and vinegar with a Christmas twist.
We had fun exploring colored water and other translucent items with a homemade light box!
Another easy version of a classic science activity. Switch out the cups for Christmas shape cookie cutters!
This is a classic science experiment the kids love because of the amazing results! We know Santa is sure to have magic milk during the holidays.
A science and craft activity all in one, especially if you have a reluctant crafter!
MORE GREAT CHRISTMAS SCIENCE TO TRY
When you want an alternative to the usual Christmas crafts, why not try these cool scientific decorations for kids to make.
Explore magnets and sensory play together! Look around the kitchen and in the craft supply box.
Do oil and water mix? check out what happens when you put the two together. We tested it out in several different ways.
Young kids love this Christmas science activity with peppermints or candy canes! A great kitchen science experiment using only 2 basic ingredients plus the peppermints and candy canes of course!
How fast do peppermints and candy canes dissolve in water? Plus you are left with a wonderfully scented water sensory bin. This activity is perfect for the youngest scientist to explore as it is also taste-safe.
You will love classic and simple Christmas baking soda science. Your kids will want to do this awesome chemical reaction every day. It’s true kitchen science right down to the cookie cutters we used. Christmas science activities don’t get any better than this.
This is a simple Christmas science experiment that explores color theory science using plastic ornaments!
How many ways can you build a Christmas tree? We know of at least 10! You can check them out here. We have included ideas for science, technology, engineering, and math with simple materials.
Kids love building with gumdrops, exploring heat changes, and dissolving gumdrops. This is a classic Christmas candy for STEM and science activities!
Do you love the Grinch? You can help the grinch grow his heart with our homemade slime. Plus the confetti hearts are fun!
We really enjoy simple mirror play with our Christmas themed items. Your kids can explore light and reflection using Christmas decorations you already have around the house or classroom.
CHRISTMAS SCIENCE EXTRAS
What will you put in their stockings this year. Make it the gift of science with our science stocking stuffers! Pack a stocking full of fun activities!
Try these fun Christmas Math Activities.
Christmas 5 Senses
This can be as easy to set up as grabbing a tray or plate and finding some Christmas-themed materials to add to it…good choices include jingle bells, cinnamon sticks, Christmas cookies or candy, glittery bows, evergreen branches… anything to explore sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.
Download and print the sheet below, and kids can write about their experiences with each item or write in what goes with each category. Depending on the age group, the activity can be organized in a few ways.