20+ Winter Science Experiments for Grades K through 5

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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. 

winter science experiments for kids

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. 

Lots more holiday ideas can be found below.
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