What holiday gift do your children want most? STEM activities.
Okay, maybe that isn’t entirely true. But Christmas can be a great time to dive into some really fun learning activities and explore the world around you.
Here are some of the best STEM and learning activities your kids will adore doing this holiday season.
Note: We celebrate Christmas, so that’s what a lot of our winter activities focus on. But Christmas isn’t the only holiday going on. If you would like more winter holiday activities check out these great resources:
(And if you need some real STEM gift ideas I have the list you need. The list that tells you which toys can take a beating. The list of STEM activities that will actually keep your kids entertained for hours. And the list that will let you find the perfect STEM gift on a budget. Real mom suggestions here: The Real STEM Gift Guide Every Parent Needs)
The Christmas season is busy, I totally get that. So these are 5 minute STEM activities. You have what you need in your home already and you can put these together in no time. (And bonus, your kids will probably want to play with them for longer so you can get some wrapping done!)
Watch a candy cane color spread, make a marshmallow shooter, see the Grinch's heart grow with a chemical reaction, and more!
This is such a simple game, but my kids could not get enough of it. Practice number sense and counting while filling in Santa's beard. Your children can play it alone or play the game together and see who wins.
And yes, the Santa printable is free in this post!
This is a super fun Christmas engineering challenge. Can your kids make a Christmas tree out of the materials in this tinker tray? Learn how to make a simple but creative tinker tray and encourage problem-solving skills. This is one of those must do activities that your kids will want to do over and over.
You can make your own crystal ornaments at home! These are a great way to teach your kids about crystals and molecular structures. And don't worry, it is ridiculously easy to make these. Your kids will want to make more and more! (Bonus, learn the science behind crystals too!)
Color mixing really grabs children's attention. These simple ornaments turn out looking really cool. They are perfect for gifts or making at parties (no mess!). Practice colors with your little ones and create memorable ornaments they will be so proud of.