Winter Science Activities for Kids

February 21, 2024
Written by:
Joy Capps

Along with the shorter days of winter come amazing opportunities for science exploration and fun. Listed below are activities for all ages (even some for mom or dad!) along with some ideas for investigating the science of winter inside or out. Indeed, whether you are exploring the great frigid outdoors or curled up by the fire with a good book, there are plenty of opportunities for family fun and learning during the winter months. Check them out and let us know which ones are your favorites!

Projects for Young Learners (ages 3-5)

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Projects for Older Learners (ages 5-99+)

  • Make a levitating Santa sleigh. Indeed, this is a great spin on the old magnets on a pencil trick, plus it combines art and science, which means kids can learn without “learning” in the traditional setting.
  • Make an LED snowman. This is a natural growth from the paper snowman circuit we listed in our young learner’s area. This LED snowman is 3D and will be the perfect addition to your fireplace mantle for years to come.
  • Grow a crystal tree. This project is perfect for those in warm climates that won’t get the snowy treescape we all associate with winter. Plus, it doesn’t need any hard-to-source ingredients!
  • Create a snowball catapult. This engineering challenge promises fun and frustration in the perfect mix to help kids learn about the engineering process, physical principles, and more. winter themed stem activities
  • Test out the Mpemba effect.– Does hot water really freeze faster than cold water? Try it out and see!
  • Study the science of snowflakes. Did you know that every snowflake has six sides?  Learn about this and other fascinating snow facts!
  • Discover the beauty of frozen bubbles. Head outside to blow bubbles when the temps are below freezing and watch the magic happen! (No freezing temperatures where you live? This link has tips for trying this with dry ice.)
  • Learn about condensation and frost. Use snow or ice cubes for this winter science experiment that explores condensation and the formation of frost. All you need is some metal cans and salt.
  • Dig deeper into snow science. How does atmospheric temperature affect the water content of snow?
  • Make an igloo–  Freeze blocks of ice (milk cartons work well) and create a life-size igloo

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We hope you enjoy these creative science-based projects with your family! Be sure to let us know which ones you enjoyed together!