One of my favourite things to do with my kids is read a book and then do an activity related to the story. I’ve got Fairy Tale science experiments, Nursery Rhyme experiments, Roald Dahl experiments and now this collection of science in Christmas stories!
What’s your favourite Christmas book?
The Grinch is a classic Christmas tale, where a grumpy Grinch finds Christmas cheer and grows his heart.
My gooey Grinch slime is a great activity to use with the story. Slime is a lovely sensory activity for younger children and a fun way to learn about polymers for older kids.
Hunt for the Jingle Bells
Set up a fine motor sensory activity where children can search for jingle bells in shaving foam to bring back some Christmas cheer to Whoville!
Grow the Grinch’s Heart
If you have a heart shaped gummy sweet, try leaving it in water. After about 30 minutes it should be much bigger!
Creative Family Fun shows you how to grow The Grinch’s heart on a balloon.
The Snowman is beautiful book and Christmas mini movie.
There are lots of lovely sensory and science activities that sit perfectly alongside The Snowman.
Lollystick catapults are easy to make and work brilliantly. This snowman catapult is a lovely version.
Build a marshmallow snowman and test different materials to discover which stick it together the best.
Make your own snow
An idea for younger children is to make and test different kinds of pretend snow. We made cornflour slime, snow dough and baking soda snow. Each type of snow was very different.
This activity is great for encouraging children to think about the properties of a substance changes when another substance is added.
The Gingerbread Man
The Gingerbread Man isn’t really a Christmas book, but gingerbread is always a big part of our Christmas so I wanted to include it.
Try putting a gingerbread man in different liquids to find out what happens, or build a strong Gingerbread house. Try testing different sticky materials to investigate which stick the gingerbread pieces together most strongly.
The Stinky Sprouts
The Stinky Sprouts is a cute book is about a group of sprouts who feel left out. Do they find a way to hide their smell or not?
Does holding your nose stop you tasting food?
Try eating something while holding your nose, you should find you can’t taste it as well. this is because our sense of taste is impacted by what we can smell!
Funny food combinations
Another idea is to learn about why some food combinations work and some don’t. Sprouts might work well as part of a roast dinner, but they wouldn’t be so great in a bowl of custard!
Can you think of any more science in Christmas stories for us?