Looking for Christmas science experiments you can do with your preschoolers, kindergartners, or elementary school kids? Then you’ll love this easy Christmas science experiment and the fun Christmas snow results!
Christmas time is so great, but so busy.
As a homeschool family, we are far more on the go than normal, and regular study session happen at odds time of day, or we skip a day or two here or there. The good thing is that we’re typically off doing some service, or working on a homemade Christmas craft for someone, or baking in the kitchen, or reading Christmas books, watching Christmas movies, singing Christmas carols, or cutting out paper snowflakes, together as a family, and learning and bonding as we do.
Talking science during this time of year can be fun with if you do some Christmas science experiments! They all make for great activities to do as part of an activities advent calendar too!
Christmas Science Experiments
Science is not my strong suit when it comes to teaching, which is why I often rely on others great ideas for inspiration, use a monthly science kit for kids or purchase cool scientific board games for kids.
I found a couple really neat ideas while browsing Pinterest, like these erupting snowballs winter science activity and this one for dancing jingle bells! I also like the simplicity of explaining electricity using Christmas lights and the neat science behind bending candy canes.
Since I am an affiliate for KiwiCo, they sent me a fun Christmas science project for my kids to complete that involves growing snow crystals onto your own cardboard Christmas tree!
If you aren’t familiar with KiwiCo, they are the most popular kids subscription box service out there. They currently have seven different subscription boxes for ages 0-104! Each subscription offers slightly different things, all developmentally friendly and educationally stimulating. They provide everything you need for your child to complete hands-on experiments, crafts, construction, and play.
You can learn more about Kiwi Co on their website.
They also offer individual packs and kits of some of their most popular or seasonal boxes.
They sent me their Crystal Chemistry Christmas Tree science box for review. My opinions on this box are all my own though.
Science Christmas Tree – An Easy Christmas Science Experiment
This Christmas-themed science experiment for kids came in a KiwiCo box. Everything we needed was inside, including the educational instruction booklet.
The instruction booklet explained the science behind why this worked and how the salt crystals would form on the tree, and why they used ammonia. It also went over safety instructions and precautions (which you should doubly go over if you are doing this as a preschool Christmas science experiment).
My 8-year-old twin daughters read through the instructions and assembled the Christmas tree according to instructions, and then poured in the bluing, ammonia, and salt according to directions, without me having to help much at all.
The kit even went over instructions on how to properly use a pipette (and not make a giant mess), which I found super helpful, especially with my preschool daughter.
The kids took turns dousing the Christmas tree (made from cardboard) with the chemical mixture.
Once it was good and saturated, we put it in a save placsafeere it wouldn’t get bumped or knocked over, on a small ledge by our Christmas tree, and left it overnight.
My kindergarten-aged son didn’t believe that the snow crystals would form on the tree overnight. He didn’t think it was going to work.
They were all so delighted to see the crystals on the Christmas tree the next morning!
It continued to grow more and more snow crystals over the next week! A lot of the snow has fallen off, but the kids really enjoyed doing this Christmas tree science experiment!