Looking for some fun science activities for the holidays? Try some of these ideas to keep the learning going during the holidays!
2. Bake cookies – Everybody loves Christmas cookies. Take some time over the holidays to get the kids in the kitchen. The skills kids learn in the kitchen transfer straight into the chemistry lab. At Learning with Boys we’ve even converted some of our favorite cookie recipes to metric units. Check out our “Metric Kitchen” post.
3. Snowflake science – Maybe you will be lucky enough to get snow over the holidays to view the crystals with a magnifying glass. If not check out The Secret Life of a Snowflake – by Kenneth Libbrecht. Libbrecht is a physics professor at Caltech but his book is suitable for all ages. The photographs are just incredible and he does a great job explaining the formation of snowflakes. He also has a website www.SnowCrystals.com. Of course no snow study is complete without studying Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley.
4. Circuits – Let kids explore circuits with an old string of Christmas lights. Depending on their age set them up with a AA battery pack, wire cutters and old lights.
5. Mini-mythbusters – Pine tree preservation – Let the kids use any leftover branches to determine the best way to keep the tree fresh.
6. Set up a taste test. Is your favorite brand based on taste or packaging? Find out what your families favorite brand of hot chocolate really is.
7. Do a germ study. Winter is prime for spreading germs. Use Glo Germ Gel and a UV light to test how well your family or class mates wash their hands. Prepare some Petri Dishes and Agar and find where bacteria lurks in your home or school.
8. Make gingerbread houses – Everything from the thickness of the dough to the consistency of the icing affects the final outcome. Have the kids use graph paper to plot out their designs.
9. Make homemade lip balm, soap, or lotion. Kids love to make things they can give as gifts and natural ingredient lip balm is a must have item for winter. Salt scrubs are also easy to make and a good gift.
What science activities do your kids enjoy when the weather is cold?