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Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Christmas Science Activities & Christmas STEM Projects

One of my favorite ways to keep our kiddos engaged in school work during December is by adding in lots of Christmas Science Activities and Christmas STEM Challenges and Projects.


We're getting a pretty big collection of Christmas Science Projects now, so I thought it was time to put them all in one place! I'm listing the science activities first, and then the STEM challenges and projects.


Christmas Science Experiments & Activities:





Play in some Candy Cane Slime!

Bend a candy cane into all sorts of crazy shapes with this experiment!






Test two different reactants to find out which makes the best fizzing Christmas stars!




Fill "Santa's Bag" as full as you can with this experiment!

Discover what a candy cane is made from with this experiment!


Christmas STEM Challenges & Projects:

Each of these STEM challenges and projects incorporates 4 subject areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Many of them also include a 5th subject: art (STEAM). Projects that encompass more than one subject help your children learn and retain information and develop new skills more quickly than focusing on only one subject area at a time. These STEM projects also appeal to more kiddos because they include interests from so many subjects.



Use wrapping paper tubes to make a marble run with this STEM challenge!

Use ribbons and bells in this Chimes STEM Challenge!

Grab those wrapping paper tubes again to experiment with more physics with this STEM challenge!





Use extra tape from your wrapping supplies in a STEM Fingerprint Investigation!

Test your engineering skills with a Candy Cane Bridge STEM Challenge!



For even more Christmas science fun, check out my ebook: 25 Christmas Science Projects for Kids!









Happy Educating,
Carla


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{FREE} Preschool Christmas Printable: Hidden Ornaments

Find the hidden ornaments! It's a free Christmas preschool printable!


There is absolutly no prep with this...just print it off, and you're ready to go!

Put it in a center.

Tuck it in your purse for when you're stuck in line.

Find the ornaments.

Count the ornaments.

Count the ornaments with red in them.

Circle the ornaments. Stamp the ornaments. Put a box around them.

Or just point them out with your finger.

Enjoy!

And be sure to keep reading to get the link to more Christmas and winter free preschool printables!







This is part of my HUGE series of holiday and winter printables that I am offering this month...It's my Christmas present to you! I'll be putting up a new printable every day until Christmas -- you can find them all HERE! They are all a little different -- some are only one page, some are more, some focus on math skills, some focus on reading skills, some are holiday themed, some are Christmas themed, etc! But, they are all FREE and I hope you love them!!




Happy Educating,
Carla













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Carla


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North Pole Train Game {FREE} Preschool Game

I'm just going to say this now: playing this North Pole Train Game makes me happy! Luckily my preschoolers are loving it too!


Orinally, I made it to go with the book Polar Express because we've been reading it a lot lately, but you could totally play it any time you're working on a train unit or train theme...or just for fun because you have a kiddo that loves trains.  :)  

It is perfect for working on counting and number recognition skills.

It is bright and friendly and easy to figure out...I actually set it out on a counter and my son came and started playing it all by himself! Later he was delighted to play with a group.


All you need to do to set up is place the game board on a counter or in a manilla folder (I love folder games!). Cut out the train playing pieces and cards. You will probably want to print one sheet of cards for each player. Alternatively, you can just re-shuffle the cards every time you use them up.  :)

You can make your train pieces stand up by cutting a small slit in the bottom of the train and fitting another piece of cardstock inside it.


To play, put all the pieces on the train at the beginning of the track. Take turns drawing a card and moving your train the number of tracks indicated by the card. If you get a red card, move backward!

Everyone wins when all the trains are visiting Santa at the North Pole!

You can even use "real" toy trains as your playing pieces instead of the trains included in the printable!




Conductor, train, Santa, and track clipart is by Doodlin Darlin and used with permission.

We love the Polar Express! We made these bell ornaments to go with it also and will be sharing an awesome Polar Express themed sensory bin next week!

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This is part of my HUGE series of holiday and winter printables that I am offering this month...It's my Christmas present to you! I'll be putting up a new printable every day until Christmas -- you can find them all HERE! They are all a little different -- some are only one page, some are more, some focus on math skills, some focus on reading skills, some are holiday themed, some are Christmas themed, etc! But, they are all FREE and I hope you love them!!




Happy Educating,
Carla










Happy Educating,
Carla


I may share at any of these parties!




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Magnetic Paperclip Trees STEM Challenge

This magnetic paperclip trees STEM challenge lets your kids experiment with magnets, polarity, design, physics, and more! It works wonderfully for preschoolers and older kids! We imagined we were making a Christmas Tree Village, but you can do this any time of the year and just make a forest!


To prepare a "table" to work on, I poked holes in a box and stuck wooden dowels and pencils in the holes. Alternatively, you could stick a pencil in a base made from playdough.


Simple Supplies: 

* prepared box (see above) with pencils or wooden dowls
* "donut" magnets (magnets with a hole in them...see the affiliate link below)
* nuts, bolts, washers, paperclips, bells, and any other metal items you want to provide. I raided my nuts and bolts sensory bin and added jingle bells and paperclips


Explain that the challenge for the day is to use these supplies to build a forest, and let them get to work!


I loved this moment: the first thing that happened was my son started stacking up the magnets. The first two he put on repelled each other so that the second one "floated." He was blown away! "It's floating!!" he started to cry out! The next one he put on snapped tightly. He pulled the two magnets off the tree and flipped them around so they all floated. You can see him here with four floating magnets...he filled up the entire dowel with "floaters."

Here are a few more process and final pictures:





STEM Concepts in this Project:

Science: problem solving, science process skills, experimenting

Technology: magnet interaction
(I'm actually using this as a magnet review for my kids because we are going to talk about and make some electromagnets soon.)

Engineering: balance, design

Math: size (larger, smaller), balance



The kids had such a great time with this project that we will be repeating it soon. I think I'm going to get some colored bells and colored paperclips for next time too!

I would love to know if you make some magnetic trees! Feel free to send me a note or leave a comment!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll stick around or a minute and check out these fun STEM, science, and preschool posts too:











Happy Educating,
Carla


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