This magical Melting Christmas tree project is sure to bring some magic and fun into your day this holiday seasons! Try this simple, easy Christmas Science Experiments with preschoolers, kindergartners, toddlers, and grade 1 students to sneak in some fun Christmas Learning! This Chemistry Christmas tree is such a fun Christmas activity for kids to try this holiday season!
Christmas Science Experiment
Kids learn best when they are having FUN and this epic Christmas science experiment is sure to get kids of all ages excited about science! This Christmas Science project is so simple it is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students about chemistry and the simple chemical reaction that takes place between baking soda and vinegar. Simply follow the directions to make your own Science Christmas Tree and great ready for a beautiful melting Christmas tree that will delight and amaze your children!
Chemistry Christmas Tree
We love sneaking some Science into everything around here! Kids just love experiments and they don’t even realize they are learning! All you need to try this fun Christmas projects for preschool are a few simple supplies you probably already have laying around your house:
- paper plates to make into a cone shape
- baking soda
- food coloring
- bowl, spoon, tray to put in the freezer
- squirt bottle, eyedropper, or baster
To start with, you need to make a cone, tree-shaped mold out of paper plates, construction paper, etc. You will need enough baking soda and water dough (see below) to fill the containers you make so keep that in mind when sizing your Christmas trees. while you can make just one, we think it is more fun to have several evergreen Christmas trees in your forest.
Next, you are going to make a moldable baking soda mixture. Add just enough water to your baking soda so that you can pack it together and it doesn’t fall apart. Next is optional, but extra pretty and fun! Add in glitter, sequins, and any other items you want to decorate your trees.
Now pack the baking soda mixture into your cone mold. Freeze for a few hours or make the day before! The more frozen they are, the longer it will take to melt the fizzy trees!
Christmas tree science
When you are ready to complete your Christmas science experiment for kids simply place your frozen trees on a tray , pie pan, or plate with a little lip. Now remove the wrapper or mold to reveal your pretty trees.
Have the kids form a hypothesis (guess) about what will happen when they put the vinegar solution on the baking soda Christmas trees. You can record your hypothesis, materials, procedures, and more in this Christmas experiment with this free scientific method for kids printables.
Christmas science activities
Now mix green food coloring and vinegar and put in a squirt bottle or turkey baster. It’s time for the fun part – melting your baking soda Christmas trees. Pour or squirt the green mixture over the top of your cone shaped Christmas tree. Ask the kids to observe what happened.
HINT: If you want to speed up the melting process you can add some hot water to the vinegar mixture.
Christmas Activities for Preschoolers
As you the trees both change colors and melt you can witness the baking soda and vinegar reaction that takes place as it foams, bubbles, and starts melting at the bottom of the dish.
So what happened? The baking soda is a base and the vinegar is an acid. When you combine the two, you produce a gas called carbon dioxide. You can see, hear, feel, and smell the chemical reaction!
Do your young children really need to know the science terms? We don’t think so! The point is to keep the curious, interested, and eager to learn new things! Kids who try new things, ask questions, and are excited to learn will be ready to learn a variety of new content in their schooling. For now, just help them learn that science is all around us and SCIENCE IS FUN!
Note: We first saw this science experiment from Little Bins for Little Hands a long time ago… forgot where we got the idea… and tried it. It was so much fun we decided to write it up to share it with you and then discovered where we originally saw it. So we wanted to give credit where credit was due =)
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