Christmas STEM Activities

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This post is for letter “S” in the 2016 ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series.

Every year my family dives into our Christmas traditions with enthusiasm. We put up the decorations, put together our “bucket list,” watch our favorite movies, and above all, keep Christ first. In our homeschooling, we take on a lighter load during the holiday season but continue with more in-depth Bible study and a few fun projects like our Christmas Lego challenges. This year, we’re looking forward to adding a fun new element to our learning: Christmas STEM activities! 

Christmas STEM activities for a fun and hands-on Christmas experience!

STEM activities (Science Technology Engineering and Math) can be as simple or complex as you like, and appeal to multiple ages. In fact, STEM gift ideas are perfect for the kids in your life because they are fantastic for learning and play all year round! Using STEM Christmas activities during the holidays will keep you learning in a light and fun way. You’ll be creating memories while nicely supplementing your homeschool studies throughout the month of December!

We’ve gathered a fantastic set of Christmas STEM activities for you to try out this year. Enjoy!

Holiday Brick Challenges – Enjoy the fun holiday LEGO challenge prompts and studies my family uses for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter! There are also other Bible-themed challenges available. Or make your own as a family!

Lego Challenges for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter

Crystal Candy Canes from Go Science Girls – Make Borax Christmas candy canes for a fun science experiment, gift idea, and Christmas tree decoration!

Borax Crystal Candy Canes

“Frozen” Crystallized Pinecones from Planet Smarty Pants – A fun twist on the typical Borax crystallization experiment!

Frozen Crystalized Pinecones

25 Day Christmas STEM Countdown Tree from Little Bins for Little Hands

25 day Christmas countdown tree using STEM activities

Tracking Santa from Little Bins for Little Hands – Such creative ideas for turning this tradition into STEM activities!

Tracking Santa STEM activities

Circuit-Tree from STEAM Powered Family – Such a fun and unique idea. Love the LEGO base too!

Circuit Christmas Tree STEAM activity

Crystal Wreath Ornament from STEAM Powered Family – A great gift or tree decoration idea!

Crystal Christmas Tree ornament STEM activity

Snowy Fir Tree from Go Science Girls – Explore salt crystallization while making a pretty snow frost tree!

Snowy fir tree salt crystallization experiemnt

DIY Angel Ornament from The Educator’s Spin on It- Try this fun math activity while making the classic angel ornaments!

Christmas Angel Ornament Math Game

Dancing Jingle Bells Experiment from Modern Preschool – Love this simple and fun idea using jingle bells!

Dancing Jingle Bells Christmas STEM science activity

Christmas Tree Sponge from Gift of Curiosity – Such a cute idea for a growing project with a Christmas theme!

Grow your own Christmas tree sponge

Fizzy Bath Bomb from Adventure in a Box – Another fun way to explore the fizzy nature of baking soda, plus it doubles as a DIY gift idea!

Fizzy Christmas Bath Bomb

Build a Christmas tree with newspaper and staples with Handmade Kids Art

Christmas STEAM challenge newspaper tree

Magnetic Jingle Bell Painting from Handmade Kids Art!

Jingle Bells STEAM activities for kids

Reindeer STEM Challenge from The Educator’s Spin on It – Have fun with this reindeer STEM challenge using recycled items!

Reindeer STEM Challenge for Christmas

Christmas Tree Fizzy Painting from Gift of Curiosity – My kids would love this fun art/science activity!

Christmas Fizzy Painting

Candy Cane Science Experiment from Preschool Powol Packet – includes a downloadable printable to go with it!

Candy Cane dissolving experiment

Balancing Pom-Pom Tree from JDaniel4’s Mom – A fun and simple activity for the littles!

Christmas tree balancing pom pom activity STEM challenge

More Great Christmas STEM Ideas

14184366_10207287522400741_2003064418908899715_n-2Tauna is a Jesus follower, wife, mom, [domestically challenged] homemaker, homeschooler, and writer. Join her at, where she works to bring you encouragement and tools for the journey. Connect with Tauna on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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