Science based games can be a great fun and educational addition to a school Christmas fair. We added a Christmas twist to some old favourites for a stall at our local school last weekend which the children loved!
Christmas Fair Games
Christmas Lava Lamp
The downside of a lava lamp is the cost of alka seltzer and because it contains asprin, must be closely supervised at all times, but they are easy to set up, reusable and great fun to watch.
If being used a lot, they do take a while to calm down so you might need a spare on standby!
You can change these slightly depending on the style of the stall, we needed a fast turn around so used a printable kindly designed by Twinkl and had double sided tape already on the back of one side so all the children needed to do was place a straw in the middle and stick it together.
If you wanted to use these on a craft stall you could leave one side blank so the children could design Christmas tree decorations or the snowman’s face themselves.
Candy Cane Goo
This is another inexpensive and easy activity, all you need is some cornflour, water, peppermint essence and red food colouring to make a lovely Christmassy smelling gloop.
I asked the children to use chunky tweezers which I bought from Learning Resources to pick 3 marbles from the goo ( which was harder than it looked as it was sticky and slippy at the same time ) and drop them into the muffin sorting tins. This was a very popular activity and great for improving fine motor control skills.
Help the elves find their Jingle Bells
This activity uses small bells and shaving foam, the idea is that the children use tweezers to rescue the jingle bells.
Make a fizzy elf lab
We had great fun at our last fair with this fizzy elf lab too.
This can be set up so children have to knock down snowman cups or get a ping pong ball or pom pom to land in a cup.
Another idea is to have a mini STEM table where children make a snowman catapult.
As well as getting to try a fun science activity I also gave children a couple of candy canes and a raffle ticket for a giveaway of some brilliant science kits from InterPlay and beautiful magazines from Okido.
How about some Christmas scented play dough.
Or some colourful Christmas candy experiments? All you need for this one are some skittles or M & M’s and some warm water.
We’ve also got more great ideas in our Christmas Science eBook.
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