Holiday Science Experiment

Holiday Science Experiment

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With Christmas right around the corner, my students are getting excited for the holidays – I am too!  For my science class today, I decided to keep with the Christmas theme and did a holiday science experiment.  Students became surgeons/doctors/scientists for this activity.  I later did the activity at home with my own kids and they loved it too!

To start, I used lemon jello and poured it into tin pans. I used roughly one jello pack to make 3 pans and then sprinkled a few of the mini decorations into each pan.  The more gems/mini decorations that you add in the jello, the better.  I am a kindergarten prep teacher, so I cover 4 classes.  I made one pan for every 4-5 kids.  Once the jello began to set, I added a few more of the gems.  On top of the lemon, I added a thin layer of red jello.   I actually prefer the look of the yellow, but the red is festive and it added an extra challenge for finding the gems. I continued to add gems as I added the jello.  Once it was set, we were ready to experiment.

holiday science experiment

holiday science experiment

I handed out magnifying glasses and finger lights to everyone.  Their first job was to inspect the substance and look for all of the gems.  Once they had done that, I then handed out the tweezers.

holiday science experiment

With the tweezers, everyone was encouraged to carefully and slowly remove all of the gems they could find.   I didn’t specifically tell students that the substance was jello.  I wanted them to only be touching it only with the tweezers and not tasting it.

holiday science experiment

It turned out to be a great sensory, and fine motor skill activity. Students enjoyed watching what happened when they pulled the gem from the jello.  It was a very engaging holiday science experiment for kids!

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