Make science exciting with a fun holiday twist! Christmas science is one of our favorite ways to spend the day before the holiday! Our melting Christmas tree is perfect chemistry for the holidays and also a great Christmas science experiment for kids!
MELTING TREES FOR CHRISTMAS SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
CHRISTMAS SCIENCE ACTIVITIES
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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! Christmas science experiments can even be turned into a fun countdown to Christmas.
The Christmas tree is a wonderful theme to give to your holiday science and STEM activities. We have a fun collection of Christmas Tree STEM activities for science, engineering, and more!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Science doesn’t have to be complicated for young kids. It just needs to get them curious about learning, observing, and exploring. This melting Christmas tree activity is all about a cool chemical reaction between the baking soda and the vinegar. This is a great experiment for kids that will create a love of science.
The baking soda is a base and the vinegar is an acid. When you combine the two, you produce a gas called carbon dioxide. You can see, hear, feel, and smell the chemical reaction. You can also do this with citrus fruits too! Do you know why?
Christmas themed science activities like our melting or fizzing trees experiment is a really fun and unique way to introduce young kids to the world of chemistry. Build a strong foundation now, and you will have kids who love the sciences later!
Enjoy the holidays with fun and simple sensory and science play ideas that use everyday supplies. Turn it into a science or STEM countdown calendar. Head into the kitchen for science. Let’s get started!
MELTING CHRISTMAS TREES
YOU WILL NEED:
- paper plates to make into a cone shape
- baking soda
- food coloring
- bowl, spoon, a tray to put in the freezer
- squirt bottle, eyedropper, or baster
MELTING TREES SET UP
STEP 1. You are making a moldable baking soda mixture but you don’t want to end up with oobleck either! Slowly add just enough water so that you can pack it together and it doesn’t fall apart. Glitter and sequins make a fun addition!
A packable and somewhat moldable texture is desired! Too soupy and it won’t have a great fizz either!
STEP 2. You can use paper plates shaped into a cone for your tree mold. Or if you have access to those pointed snow cone wrapper cups, those are a quick option too.
It would make a great STEM challenge to fashion the round plate into a cone shape!
STEP 3. Pack the baking soda mixture tightly into the cone shapes! You can even hide a small plastic figure or toy inside. How about a tiny Santa?
STEP 4. Freeze for a few hours or make the day before! The more frozen they are, the longer it will take to melt the fizzy trees!
STEP 5. Take out your Christmas trees from the freezer and remove the paper wrapper! They can be left out for a bit first if you need them to warm up a bit and your activity time is limited.
STEP 6. Set out a bowl of vinegar and baster or squirt bottle for the kids to melt their baking soda Christmas trees.
Optionally, you can color the vinegar green as well. If you need to speed up the melting process, add a bit of hot water to the vinegar!
He loved our melting Christmas tree baking soda science activity as much as he loved our melting snowman activity!
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