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 gelatin dessert (jelly) and poured it into tin pans. I used roughly one gelatin dessert 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 gelatin dessert (jelly) the better. I am a kindergarten prep teacher, so I cover 4 classes. I made one pan for every 4-5 kids. Once the gelatin dessert began to set, I added a few more of the gems. On top of the lemon, I added a thin layer of red gelatin dessert. 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 gelatin dessert. Once it was set, we were ready to 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.
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 gelatin dessert. I wanted them to only be touching it only with the tweezers and not tasting it.
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 gelatin dessert. It was a very engaging holiday science experiment for kids!