Christmas Science Labs and STEM | Milk and Cookies, Snowballs, Snowflakes

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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Do you need some FUN science activities to do before Winter Break? These FIVE Christmas science labs are engaging, educational, and the most fun your students will have this year! This newly-updated resource has been a crowd-pleaser for 8 years!


1. Milk and Cookies

Properties of Matter

The more milk a cookie absorbs, the happier Santa is! Students conduct an experiment to determine which of three cookies absorbs the most milk. (Option: Santa Scenario or Generic Milk and Cookies)

2. Snowball Launch

Force & Motion

Students design a device that will launch a Styrofoam ball or fuzzball the farthest distance.

3. An Elf's Treat

Relative Density

Students read and follow a recipe for a special Elf Drink. Then, they explain why it appears so unusual.

4. Help! I'm Melting!

Thermal Insulation

Students determine which material will best keep their snowman from melting in the heat.

5. Crystal Snowflakes

Thermal Energy and Matter

Students turn simple pipe cleaner shapes into shiny ornaments with a little help of Borax and hot water.


  • Materials list and teacher prep
  • Suggested use for teacher
  • Student directions page
  • Printable student sheet that folds easily for use in notebooks
  • Google Slides student sheet (optional)


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2. Please view the materials list for each activity on page 1 of the preview.

  • Milk and Cookies requires a balances or scales to determine mass.
  • Snowball Catapult requires rulers or measuring tapes.
  • An Elf's Treat requires graduated cylinders.
  • Help! I'm Melting requires ice trays and balances to determine mass.
  • Crystal Snowflakes requires a hot plate or method to heat water for the class.

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