This collection of Christmas science experiments and sensory activities will keep the kids engaged and learning over the holidays. Don’t miss adding these to your list of Christmas activities for preschoolers!
Related: Christmas Five Senses Book Free Printable
Christmas Science Experiments
The collection of Halloween sensory activities and science experiments were a big hit, so we had fun putting together a Christmas-themed collection too!
Click on the colored text below to be taken to each activity!
Preschool Magnet Science with Jingle Bells
Make your own magnetic wands and let the kids explore the magnetic properties of jingle bells.
Evergreen Tree Science Exploration
Explore the parts of an evergreen tree in hands-on w, multi-sensory ways.
Christmas Tree Science Experiment
Give a classic science activity a Christmas twist!
Christmas Sink or Float | Science Sparks
Set up a Christmas-themed take on the classic “sink or float” science experiment.
Grow Your Own Christmas Tree Sponge | Gift of Curiosity
Combine science (botany) and fine motor skills (cutting) as you grow a Christmas tree sponge.
Snowy Christmas Tree Science | Left Brain Craft Brain
Turn oobleck into a snow shower over a Christmas tree forest!
Ice Ornaments | Red Ted Art
Use science to make gorgeous decorations for your outdoor trees. This definitely needs to be added to your Christmas science experiments with the kids.
Dissolving Candy Cane Experiment | Confidence Meets Parenting
Candy canes and water are all you need to help the kids explore the scientific method this Christmas.
Christmas Ice Star Experiment | Toddler Approved
Explore the properties of water and ice with this festive and sparkly experiment!
Building Structures with Gum Drops | Lemon Lime Adventures
Put together a STEM challenge for the kids, making adjustments for the kids’ ages and needs.
Magna-Tiles Christmas STEM Activity | And Next Comes L
This open-ended magnetic tile idea is a MUST for your Christmas science experiments.
Crystal Wreaths | Steam Powered Family
Create gorgeous ornaments that twinkle and sparkle on the tree using simple bits of garland and an easy science experiment.
Christmas Sensory Activities
Use these sensory ideas alongside your Christmas science experiments!
Sweet Smelling Candy Cane Sensory Bin
You won’t need too many materials to make this deliciously-scented sensory bin for your students.
How to Make Fake Snow with Flour
Make sparkly pretend snow for your classroom sensory table!
Christmas Tree Slime
Add free printable number cards to Christmas slime as part of a holiday counting activity.
Contact Paper Christmas Tree
Dyed corn kernels and white beans become extra fun when they’re used as “lights” on a contact paper Christmas tree!
Christmas Sensory Bin | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Use festive materials to make a Christmas sensory bin for your students.
Sticky Scented Rice Christmas Sensory Play | Crayon Box Chronicles
Make scented dyed rice and use it to create a sticky Christmas tree!
Make the House Smell Like Christmas | Nothing if Not Intentional
Use the listed ingredients to make a gorgeous sensory “soup” on the stove that will make your house smell magical!
Gingerbread Play Dough | Buggy and Buddy
Make homemade gingerbread play dough, pair it with themed loose parts, and let the kids get creative.
Golden Cinnamon Sensory Tub | The Imagination Tree
Create a scented, golden sensory tub filled with golden cinnamon rice.
Demolish a Snowman Sensory Play | Fun at Home with Kids
Kids will love the messy play involved in demolishing the shaving cream snowman.
Dyed Pasta Christmas Sensory Bin | Teaching Mama
Add dyed pasta and Christmas-themed items to make a festive sensory bin.
Play Dough Christmas Cookie Decorating | Happy Hooligans
Invite your students to decorate “cookies” with this play dough invitation.
Christmas Tree Sensory Bin | How Wee Learn
Use rice and pompoms to decorate a sticky Christmas tree.
Jingle Bells Sensory Bottle | Preschool Inspirations
Grab those jingle bells to make a super fun sensory bottle with the kids.
Materials for Christmas Science Experiments
You’ll want to grab some of these materials for your Christmas science fun (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
And here are some items you can pick up for the Christmas sensory fun:
Which of these Christmas science experiments and sensory activities are you going to try with the kids?
Christmas Resources for Preschool Teachers
Save time planning (and, really, you can use all the time you have around the holidays!) with already done-for-you resources from Preschool Teacher 101.
There are lesson plans, math and STEM activities, and literacy resources just for you! Be sure to check out the membership options for even more savings. You can also find us on Teachers Pay Teachers.
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This post was originally published on November 7, 2015.
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