20+ Winter Science Experiments for Grades K through 5

Get ready for some great hands-on winter science experiments! We love hands-on science around here, and we are determined not to let the cold weather stop us. In fact, we’re going to learn about ice, snow, sledding, hibernation and more all winter long. 

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Science with a Holiday Theme 

Make some awesome holiday decorations and learn about science at the same time with the Ice Jelly Marbles Experiment from Steve Spangler Science.

Erupting Ornaments from Little Bins for Little Hands. 

These star shaped windows clings demonstrate the scientific concepts of diffusion, floatation and evaporation. From The Kitchen Pantry Scientist. 

 Get Outside for Winter Science!

What makes pinecones open? Lemon Lime Adventures figures it out. 

Explore different types of pine trees from Inspiration Laboratories. 

Even without leaves, you can do a winter tree identification study. Here’s how from About Education. 

Snow and Ice Science

Do mittens really keep our hands warm?  An experiment from us, Creekside Learning. 

Make frost in a can from Science Sparks.

Find out how many inches of snow it takes to melt into one inch of water from The Kitchen Pantry Scientist.

Experiment with how to get ice to melt faster from us, Creekside Learning.

Snowflake Science answers why snowflakes are always 6-sided, why they aren’t all alike and how you can capture your own snowflakes for closer observation, from The Homeschool Scientist.

Lifting up an ice cube with string seems like magic. Here’s the science behind it from The Kitchen Pantry Scientist. 

How to make Frozen Bubbles from Housing a Forest.

Make crystal snowflakes with Borax from Steve Spangler Science.

What’s involved in the Science of Sledding? Friction, gravity and more from Fireflies and Mudpies.

Winter Animal Science

Learn all about birds in winter from us, Creekside Learning.

More great tips for  winter birding with kids from What Do We Do All Day?.

Lots of great ideas for a Winter Nature Study from Simply Charlotte Mason. 

How does fat keep animals warm? Here’s a great experiment to find out how polar bears can swim in icy water. From us. 

Find out why animals that live in snowy regions need large paws from Frugal Fun For Boys. 

Exploring animal tracks in winter from KC Edventures. 

 

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Lots more holiday ideas can be found below.
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Beach Time

The Creekside Learning family is on vacation this week. The beach was calling. We answered. 

“Hello, Ocean. I’m here.”

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We will be back soon. I have lots of exciting new posts brewing. In the meantime, the Hands-On Science and Preschool: Learning Is Fun! boards are hopping over on Pinterest. Check them out, repin and follow to get more great learning ideas in your Pinterest feed.

Follow along on our travels on Instagram. Creekside Learning

Super Bowl Math Game

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You may have noticed, I’ve been writing a lot of math blog posts lately. I’m super focused right now on bringing fun, hands-on ways to learn math into our home. With the Super Bowl fast approaching, I was starting to have mathy thoughts again, thinking of how we could use this fun theme to learn.

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How to Make Cough Drop Lollipops

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How to Make Cough Drop Lollipops

  1. Check the package of your favorite cough drops to make sure they are safe for your child.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with foil, then parchment.
  3. Place cough drops in pairs on the parchment.
    cough drops to melt into lollipops
  4. Leave spaces for lollipop sticks.
  5. Bake at 275 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes.
  6. Remove baking sheet from oven and immediately roll lollipop sticks into melted cough drops.
    cough drop lollipops DIY
  7. Let cool.
  8. Wrap individually in a cupcake wrapper.
    cupcake wrapper around cough drop lollipop

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Learning About Polar Animals

learning about polar animalsWe’ve spent a week with the polar bears, penguins and seals, with the help of our friends at Safari Ltd. We set up fun and easy habitats to go along with some great learning resources.

And, Safari Ltd has generously offerred to give away to my readers, your choice of an animal replica or one TOOB of figures, up to a $40 value. You can enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Books and Video Resources We Used and Loved

 

Our Tacky Penguins. Craft inspiration and printable template courtesy of I Heart Crafty Things.

Our Tacky Penguins. Craft inspiration and printable template courtesy of I Heart Crafty Things.

A chunk of ice cubes from the freezer made the perfect ice floe for our polar bear to rest on, floating in the water table.

A chunk of ice cubes from the freezer made the perfect ice floe for our polar bear to rest on, floating in the water table. This is the Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table.  

    • National Geographic Young Explorers Listen and Read Books, penguins and polar bears. Free, on-line books. These were a big hit with my 4 and 6 year olds.
    • March of the Penguins companion book. The book is more suited for younger children, whereas the movie, showing the harsh realities of Emperor penguin life is more appropriate for older children and adults.
Shaving cream in half the water table, water and ice in the other, made a great wet habitat for our polar animals.

Shaving cream in half the  Activity Play Table,
 water and ice in the other, made a great wet habitat for our polar animals.

A plastic bin covered with white cotton material and a collection of stones and large water beads made up a dry habitat for our polar animals.

A plastic bin covered with white cotton material and a collection of stones and large water beads made up a dry habitat for our polar animals.

Love these large water beads, found in the floral section of a hobby store. They are nearly the size of eggs! They made great pretend ice and snow for our polar animal habitats. What a fun sensory experience we had with them!

Love these large water beads, found in the floral section of a hobby store. They are nearly the size of eggs! They made great pretend ice and snow for our polar animal habitats. What a fun sensory experience we had with them!

Polar Animal Science  How do polar animals stay warm?  We used Crisco shortening to simulate animal fat, a large bin of ice water and our science thermometer to find out why polar animals can swim in such frigid waters.  This experiment was inspired by Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits .

Inserting our hand in a plastic bag, inside another bag filled with shortening, then into the icy water.

Inserting our hand in a plastic bag, inside another bag filled with shortening, then into the icy water.

For more learning ideas, visit our Polar Animals Unit Study Pinterest board.

Safari Ltd makes so many lifelike models of toys, perfect for pretend play. We’ve used them a lot in our homeschool this year and they’ve truly enhanced our learning.

Recently, we used the Safari LTD Jamestown Toob figures in our early American history studies.

Recently, we used the Safari LTD Jamestown Toob figures in our early American history studies.

Enter to win your own selection of one Safari Ltd replica or TOOB, up to a $40 value. There are so many to choose from:  horses, pirates, knights, fairies, dinosaurs, farm animals and so many more. Which one will you choose?

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Over on Kiwi Crate this week, we made Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers. Some mixing and pouring fun, with some glitter added for sparkle are decorating are windows for St. Patrick’s Day.
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