10 Tasty Christmas Science Ideas

One of the best parts of the Christmas season is the time spent together with family in the kitchen. Make some memories and add a little science into your day with these tasty Christmas science ideas.

Tasty Christmas Science Ideas for Kids

Tasty Christmas Science Ideas

Making Cookies

Baking cookies is in itself a science activity. Take the opportunity to talk about mixtures as you’re mixing up the cookie dough. Following a recipe is similar to follow steps in a science procedure. It’s a great way to practice following direction skills.

Brownie Cookie Picture Recipe – Get pre-readers in the kitchen by having them follow a picture recipe.

Brownie Cookie Picture Recipe

Peppermint Creams – Make these tasty sweets and learn about changing states from solid to liquid.

peppermint creams

Christmas Drinks

Let your kids help make a special Christmas punch. Select different juices and let them choose the amounts. Add sparking grape juice for added bubbly fun. We like to mix sparkling grape juice with pineapple juice and orange juice. Our new favorite is a cranberry lemonade. Mix Simply Lemonade with a frozen cranberry juice blend {I found one without added corn syrup} and water.

Hot Cocoa Science – One of our Christmas Eve traditions is making hot cocoa – usually after we’ve come in from seeing all of the Christmas lights. Add some science to the hot cocoa making and drinking by practicing observation skills, measuring, making predictions, and investigating.

Hot Cocoa Science

Make homemade spiced apple cider and explore filtering. Science Sparks has the instructions.

apple cider

Build with Christmas Candy or Ingredients

The traditional gingerbread house is also a science activity all on its own. Kids have to figure out the best way to build the house and what materials to use to decorate it. It’s a great engineering challenge.

Do you want to build a snowman? What are the best sweets to make Olaf? Science Sparks tested some ingredients.

Make Olaf

What else can you build with Christmas candy? How about a Christmas tree?

Candy Canes

Personally, I don’t like to eat them, but my son and husband do. Save a few of them for science experiments.

Dancing Candy Canes – Use the baking soda and vinegar reaction to make candy cane pieces dance. What other Christmas themed candy or objects can you make dance?

Dancing Candy Canes

Candy Cane Science Experiment – How fast will candy canes dissolve in different temperatures of water?

Candy Cane Science Experiment

More Christmas Science Ideas

See more of our Christmas science ideas in our Christmas Science advent calendar.

Christmas Science Advent Calendar

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This post was originally published on November 26, 2014.

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