Dec 14, 2012

Santa Science Lab {Christmas Activities}

Yesterday we shared the first two experiments in our Santa Science Lab. If you missed them they can be found here.  Today, we have three more fun experiments to share!

Santa Science Lab
Santa Science Lab
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Experiment #3- Santa's Magic Milk

Have you ever tried the magic milk experiment ?  We have and Rosie loved it so much I knew she would love to try it again.  Nothing says Santa like a tall glass of milk and cookies so we turned our magic milk into magical Santa milk.  

For Santa's Magic Milk Experiment you will need:
  • Whole milk or half and half
  • Green and red food coloring
  • Green and red glitter (optional)
  • Peppermint extract (optional)
  • Dish soap
  • A popsicle stick
Line a shallow dish with milk.  We used a clear pie pan.  Add a drop of peppermint extract to the milk if scent is desired.  Add glitter to the milks surface.  Then add a small drop of food coloring on each outer pie forth, like this.

Magic Santa Milk

The experiment begins now!  Discuss how the food coloring sits on top the milks surface.  Given Rosie's age I just had her make the observation, without going further into the Scientific explanation.

Next take the popsicle stick and dip one end in dish soap and then place that end right in the center of the milk.  This is when the magic happens!

Science Activities for Kids- Magic Milk

The colors will slowly begin to swirl and continue to swirl more and more.  You will also notice all the glitter jump to the outer surface- a great discovery!  The glitter definitely added more Science to this experiment!

Magic Milk Experiment



Rosie delighted in adding more food coloring and glitter throughout the experiment


I also dipped the Popsicle stick in dish soap a few different times to get the momentum going again.  Once we took the Popsicle out the glitter mixed in with the milk and food coloring.  Rosie had a blast splashing around in the magical milk, too!

The Science behind the magic milk experiment can be found here
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Experiment #4- Corn Starch & Water Reaction
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When you mix corn starch and water you get an amazing substance commonly referred to as GOOP!  It is one of Rosie's favorite sensory materials and one we return to often.  GOOP is amazingly fascinating for both it's sensory and Scientific properties.  We have added so many twists to our GOOP play and still we discover yet another.

For the Holiday GOOP experiment you will need:

  • Corn starch
  • Water
  • Green and red food coloring
  • Peppermint extract
  • Glitter, sparkle, and any other remnants of Christmas you might have on hand
Since I wanted Rosie to discover the GOOP I set this activity up differently than other goop play times we have done.   I lined a shallow dish with corn starch and added glitter, a few drops of peppermint extract, iridescent snowflakes, and a few Christmas figurines. 


 I then set cups of red and green water next to it with pipettes so Rosie could squeeze the holiday water onto the corn starch.   She LOVED this!

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Giving Santa a bath

cornstarch and water Science

The pipettes are great for fine motor development.

Discovering the GOOP


This holiday GOOP was beautiful & smelled AMAZING!  The more Rosie played the prettier it got!

The Science behind the fun can be found here.

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Experiment #5- Ice & Salt
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This was probably the prettiest experiment out of the five!  The added elements of sparkle and shimmer took this beautiful art and Science play time to another level of FUN!

For Santa's Ice & Salt Experiment you will need:

  • A large piece of ice (we made ours using a loaf pan)
  • Salt
  • Peppermint extract (optional)
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • Glitter, iridescent snow, and any other holiday type items you may have on hand
We used a bread loaf pan to make our block of ice.  I added red food coloring, glitter, peppermint extract, and fun Christmas items to our pan of water before freezing.  You can omit any of these items if you do not have them on hand.  Here is our block of ice.


I set the block of ice in a shallow pan.  Then Rosie added iridescent snow, more glitter, and LOTS of salt to the top of the ice block.  We used both sea salt and kosher salt.


Once she was done dumping and pouring (which she loved) it was time to paint the ice!   I gave Rosie spray bottles of red and green water and she went to town. What happens next is BEAUTIFUL!!!! The salt cracks the ice and all the glitter and sparkle and color swirl and look as though they are crystallized.  For every bit of Science that happens there is just as much art!

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Science experiments for kids

Once Rosie was done painting she had lots of fun exploring the texture of the cold ice!

We hope you enjoyed our Santa Science Lab!
If you missed the other experiments, they can be found here:
Christmas Science Activities for Kids

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