Santa Science- Activities for Kids

I had so much fun setting up this fun holiday themed Science lab for Rosie

Christmas Science Activities for Kids

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Santa Science Lab- Experiments with a Holiday Theme

I set this activity up on Rosie's play table, putting a tablecloth from The Dollar Tree underneath.  All the Science experiments were set up & laid out on the table for Rosie to jump right in and explore.  We started with Rosie's favorite Science trick- baking soda and vinegar eruptions.  But these weren't your ordinary eruptions- they were bursting with holiday cheer just like old St. Nick!

Experiment # 1- Holiday Cheer Eruptions

Christmas Science Activities for Kids

To make Holiday Cheer eruptions you will need:

~  Baking Soda
~  Vinegar
~  Peppermint extract (or another preferred Christmas scent)
~  Glitter, sparkles, iridescent snow- whatever you have on hand that is sparkly and Christmassy 
~  Green or red food coloring
~  Dish soap

Line the bottom of a bowl with baking soda.  Then add a couple drops of food coloring, peppermint extract, glitter, sparkle, and a dollop of dish soap.  Thanks so much to the reader who shared the dish soap tip with me. It really makes the baking soda and vinegar eruptions larger and lasting!  We had a tiny Santa on hand and tossed him in too!

Christmas Science Activities for Kids


Next, have your child pour vinegar over the holiday baking soda 

Christmas Science Activities for Kids


Rosie was in awe over the long lasting eruptions!

Christmas Science Activities for Kids

Unlike normal baking soda and vinegar Science- these eruptions move more slowly and last longer!  They also bubble different.  It is hard to explain and the photos don't do it justice.  You really must try it for yourself!

Christmas Science Activities for Kids

 Finding Santa
Christmas Science Activities for Kids

The foam left behind is lots of fun to play in, too!

More on the Science behind the fun can be found here.

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Experiment #2- Santa Toothpaste
Christmas Science Activities for Kids

Have you ever tried the elephant toothpaste experiment?  We modified the experiment a bit to transform elephant toothpaste into Santa Toothpaste!

To make Santa Toothpaste you will need:

~  6% or higher hydrogen peroxide (found in salon and beauty stores like Sally's Beauty Supply)
~  Dish soap
~  Green or red food coloring
~  peppermint extract
~  Glitter and sparkle
~  Yeast
~  Water
~  An empty soda bottle

Mix one cup of the hydrogen peroxide with a few drops of food coloring, peppermint extract, glitter, and a generous squirt of dish soap in the soda bottle.  Mix well by swirling the bottle- do not shake.


It's a good idea to have a cookie sheet or similar object to catch the toothpaste

 In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons of yeast with 6 tablespoons of very warm water.  Mix well, until all clumps are gone.  When ready, pour the yeast into the bottle- the reaction happens fast so have your camera ready if you desire photos!  The toothpaste shot about 4 feet in the air when it first started coming out but I missed the shot.  

Once it starts, it just keeps going and going..........

Christmas Science Activities for Kids


The toothpaste smelled just like a candy cane but the glitter and sparkle was hard to see so Rosie added more


Once the toothpaste is finally settled your child can play in the foam which is lots of fun!  The bottle will be warm to the touch- just a note.


More on the Science behind the fun can be found here.

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So, what do you think the other 3 experiments are?  
Click the link or photo below to find out!

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