Saturday, December 20, 2008

Science Saturday: Christmas

- Introduce chromatography and make a fun decoration at the same time with this fun activity that will show the colors in a black marker.

- Compare and contrast live Christmas trees versus artificial trees. Is there an environmental benefit to one over the other? What are some environmentally-friendly things you could do with a live tree after the holidays are over?

- While on the topic of the environment, find some environmentally-friendly ways to wrap gifts. You can also discuss ways to re-use the gift wrap and cards you receive this year.

- Make your own Christmas tree (or cut flower) preservative.

- Use a candy cane to stir a cup of hot chocolate. Observe what happens as you stir the drink. (Older kids can form a hypothesis first and do this in "official" scientific method format)

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