Your students will love these hands-on Christmas science activities for preschoolers to explore this December. Be sure to add it to your list of Christmas activities for preschoolers!
Young children are natural scientists, and the holidays are a great time to lean into that fact. The Christmas science experiments and ideas below are the perfect place to start. There are a variety of multi-sensory science activities to inspire young minds.
Plus, many of the Christmas science activities incorporate other early learning skills. So your students touch on math, fine motor, and literacy concepts as they immerse themselves in Christmas-themed science.
I think these Christmas science ideas would be great as whole group projects or small group activities. Some might even work well during your center time!
How Do You Teach Science to Preschoolers During Christmas?
Just like the rest of the year, preschoolers are natural scientists. They’re observing, collecting data on those observations, and asking a ton of questions! They might even start some of their own science experiments out on the playground.
There’s a lot going on around them during Christmas, both out in nature and inside their classrooms and homes. So focus on incorporating hands-on Christmas science activities for preschoolers to get the most out of their learning.
And follow their lead when you can. Are your students incredibly interested in evergreen trees? Do they want to explore all things candy canes? You can adjust your lesson plans to include scientific exploration of both those concepts very easily.
Don’t forget to incorporate some Christmas sensory activities, too. Learning about their senses helps hone those scientific observational skills in young children.
Materials for Christmas Science Experiments
Before we jump into all the fun, let’s talk supplies. I highly recommend you take a look through all the Christmas science activities for preschoolers below first. Then take a look at the supplies you already have on-hand. Choose your activities based on that first.
Of course, if you’re looking for a reason to head to the craft store, I’m more than happy to provide that for you! Here are some of the materials used in the Christmas science experiments (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
If you grab some of the above items, you’ll be off to a great start when planning your science lessons for December. If you’re looking for even more science materials, be sure to check out my science tools collection.
Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers
And now it’s time for the Christmas science experiments and activities! Since this is a collection of ideas, you’ll want to click on the individual links (blue, underlined text) for more details about each activity.
I’ve tried to match the images in the collages with their corresponding links. That way you have a little peek into the science fun to decide which ones you want to try first.
Now that you’ve read through all of the Christmas science activities for preschoolers, which one are you going to try first?
Be sure to save this post for future reference. A Christmas Activities Pinterest board is a good place to start.
More Christmas Activities for Kids
If your students enjoyed the science ideas, here are some more Christmas-themed activities to try this December:
Christmas Lesson Plans
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This post was originally published on November 7, 2015.