Your kids are going to love this Lighted Stable Christmas STEM Project for kids in December . This clever and FUN Christmas stem activities uses parallel circuits. This educational activity is perfect for homeschool or for the whole family to add to your list of Christmas Activities for kids! This stem activities for Christmas is perfect for first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.
Christmas STEM Project
This do-it-yourself lighted stable would be a great addition to your manger scene this Christmas as you remember the reason for the season – Jesus’ birth. Make this clever Christmas STEM Project using batteries and worn out Christmas lights to design your own circuits will present a great beginning engineering challenge for your young engineer. This Christmas stem activities for elementary is perfect for grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students this December.
Christmas stem activities
- A broken string of Christmas lights
- Cereal box
- Electrical tape
Stem activities for christmas
Begin by drawing a line that approximately divides the cereal box in half. This is the roof of your stable. Draw a rectangle underneath that serves as the opening to the stable. Cut out a rectangle so that your stable has an opening.
Carefully poke a hole in the top of the box for the star that marked the birth of the Christ child, and another in the back of the box to provide a back light for the nativity characters.
Finally, paint the box. The top of the box should be black to represent the night sky. The bottom can be brown or grey to represent the stable.
Christmas stem activities for elementary
Warning: This electric set up is for learning purposes only. Because of the low resistance, fire is a possibly. Do not leave this structure unattended at any time, and always completely disconnect the circuit. Always supervise children when working with electricity.
Cut several lights from the broken string. Strip the plastic insulation to reveal the copper wires. Test the light by connecting each end to one terminal of a battery.
Decide how many lights you want to represent the start and how many to serve as back lights for your manger scene. Do you want to connect the lights in circuit or parallel? If you connect the lights in circuit the electricity will flow from the battery to the first light, then the second light before returning to the battery. If the lights are connected in parallel, they will be stacked, and the electricity will flow through the first, and through the second equally. Which one produces brighter light?
Use the electrical tape to secure your secure. Then push the lights through the holes you punched and use tape to secure.
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