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 activities! These are easy to do at home or school and will truly make the holiday extra special with an educational twist with easy Christmas chemistry and Christmas physics ideas. Also, make sure to join in with our 25 Days of Christmas STEM Countdown!
CHRISTMAS SCIENCE ACTIVITIES AND 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 can be turned into a fun countdown to Christmas. You will find more about this below.
WHY THEME SCIENCE IDEAS?
Any holiday is a perfect opportunity for creating simple but AMAZING theme science activities. Christmas presents so many fun opportunities for AMAZING ways to explore science and STEM all month long with a variety of holiday themes. From candy canes to Christmas trees and gingerbread men to Santa himself!
- Kids love theme science and it gets them learning and loving it! You can easy explore similar topics all year with different themes!
- Theme science and can still work with your NGSS (Next generation Science Standards)
- Our Christmas science activities work well for kids ages pre-k through early elementary
- Explore Christmas chemistry and physics with easy to set up and inexpensive science activities
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 like 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 100+ genius STEM projects 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.
CHRISTMAS SCIENCE EXTRAS
Free printable Christmas STEM challenge cards are perfect for little engineers.
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!
Easy to use Christmas Science Cards are perfect to pull out anytime.
BEST CHRISTMAS SCIENCE ACTIVITIES
Click on the links below in red to learn more about each of the 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 chemistry and physics have never been so fun with our unique themes!
Chemistry and Christmas with fizzy melting 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 saved them for several years now.
This is a classic science experiment to set up with the kids and offers room for exploration as kids test different liquids or different temperatures of water. What about 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 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….
These are very similar to our candy canes above and perfect if you have a favorite gingerbread man theme book you want to pair science with 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 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 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 fillable 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 activities to date! Watching this 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 on 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 chemistry activity the kids love because of the amazing results! We know Santa is sure to have magic milk during the holidays.
A science and craft all in one, especially if you have a reluctant crafter!
MORE GREAT CHRISTMAS SCIENCE TO TRY
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 Non-newtonian fluid play and 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!
Don’t forget to grab your FREE set of Christmas STEM challenge cards…
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 ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIMENTS FOR KIDS!
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