The holidays are super busy.
This is especially true when you’re a mom. The days fly by in a mix of decorating, secret shopping trips, and holiday parties.
Even though there is so much that needs done, you still want to do a few Christmas activities with the kids as they count down to the big day.
Christmas STEM Activities are a fun way to mix learning into the holiday fun.
These STEM activities for kids are perfect for a wide variety of ages. They’d be fun to do as a family or to keep the kids occupied while you wrap presents.
Does your house have an elf that visits this time of year?
For more holiday STEM activities, check out these Elf on the Shelf STEM Activities.
Christmas STEM Activities
Engineer an Elf House — Does your elf need a place to rest for a day or two? Challenge your child to build a comfy resting spot that’s large enough for your elf to sit and watch the world go by.
Binary Name Ornaments –Teach kids coding skills while making these colorful beaded ornaments.
Algorithm Christmas Tree — This free printable Christmas coding activity uses Blockly blocks to guide kids as they draw their very own tree.
Graphite Circuit Christmas Tree — Amaze your child with this simple Christmas STEAM activity. They’ll have fun drawing a tree and learning how to make it light up.
Engineer an Ice Lantern — Making these beautiful lanterns is a great way to teach kids what happens to water as it freezes. Make several lanterns and use them to decorate your walkway for guests during the holidays.
Build an Ornament Holder — Everyone has that one special ornament they love. Challenge your child to build a special ornament holder to display their ornament this year.
Candy Cane Building Challenge — This fun Christmas STEM challenge invites kids to try building a 3D structure from candy canes that can stand on its own.
Tinkering Trees — Preschoolers will have fun using items from the hardware store to build their very own tiny trees. This activity is great for working on those fine motor skills.
Bubbling Christmas Lights — When I was a child we had Christmas tree lights that actually bubbled when you plugged in the tree. They mesmerized me. Discover how you can use chemistry to create your very own version of those bubbling lights with this STEM activity.
Gum Drop Christmas Trees — This is such a sweet idea. Kids of all ages will have fun using those colorful Christmas candies to engineer 3 dimensional trees.
Melting Snowmen — This is such a fun way to use some of the packing peanuts that come in packages this time of year. Kids of all ages will want to do this one over and over again.
Christmas Cup Tower — Can your child build their very own Christmas tree out of cups? Pom-poms add to the fun when used as colorful decorations for your tree.
Rudolph Pipe Cleaner Circut — Kids can learn about circuits with this simple activity.
Snowflake Slime — Does your child love homemade slime? This super simple recipe is perfect for the holidays.
Rudolph Balloon Race — Whose reindeer will win the race? Kids will have fun with this simple activity.
Design a Sleigh for Santa — Give your child the opportunity to design and build a new sleigh for Santa, using recyclables!
Crystal Ornaments — Discover how crystals form, all while creating sparkling ornaments you can hang on the tree.
Build an Elf Zipline — Has your elf gotten stuck on a shelf that is up way too high? Challenge your child to find a way to help the elf get down safely with this fun idea.
When it comes to having fun with the kids this holiday, these Christmas STEM activities will be a huge hit.
You may also enjoy:
- Candy Cane Games — Playing a holiday game together is a fun family activity for the month. And these simple games work great at parties, too.
- Homemade Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make — Kids of all ages will have creating ornaments to decorate the tree. And you will treasure these for years to come. They make cute gifts, too!
- Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt — Kids love scavenger hunts. This one is perfect for the holidays.
Originally published 29, 2019.