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5 Cool Thanksgiving STEM Activities

Thanksgiving is here! That means it is wicked cold outside, the kids are out of school, and somehow you have to figure out how to juggle entertaining the kids, cleaning for guests, and prepping the turkey. I mean really!

This year I told myself I was absolutely going to keep the kids busy without me (and hopefully without too much of a screen either). In the summer my answer for kid free time is always to get them out of the house and onto their bikes, but in the winter the challenge is a bit tougher. Add to it the fact that I’m not so keen on tiny hands magically snapping up all of my pumpkin pie before I get it to the table.

To get them out of my hair I came up with 5 great science projects for them to work on. Best of all, these fun science activities use just a few ingredients: cranberries, toothpicks, popcorn kernels, soda water, and foil covers most of them! Check out the ideas and links below to learn all the science behind the scenes so you can sound like a genius when they ask you questions!

Stem Activities

5 Cool Thanksgiving STEM Activities

1. Make sugar glass and calibrate your oven.

Make sugar glass cookies while learning about how things can change their shapes.

2. Learn to use a magic tablecloth

This is a fun science project that is sure to get a lot of oooohs and aahhhhs, but make not to use your best china!

3. Create Dancing Corn

Let your kids mix up a contained mess as they learn both chemistry and physics.

4. Engineer Cranberry Ships

Learn structural engineering in this fun science project that lets kids build with just cranberries and toothpicks!

5. Create a secret spice route map or write a secret message

Learn how to make invisible ink and reveal messages with cranberry juice.

If your kids loved these fun science activities head on over to myMini-Makers page. It has lots of free bite-sized science downloads. Just like our Thanksgiving science activities, many of these Mini-Makers utilize common household items so you won’t have to make any special trips for supplies!

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    Crystal Nicole
    November 20, 2017 at 8:50 am

    These are all so innovative! I actually want to try the sugar glass activity. Do you need kids to participate? Lol!

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      Guest Blogger - Dr. Erica Saint Clair
      November 27, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Never! Haha. I can’t tell you how much random science stuff I do at home without my kids!!! I’m pretty sure I made these on my own and then decided to share only after I realized I would need some images…

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    November 20, 2017 at 10:07 am

    These should be very fun to do
    I need to try one of these to rewake the scientist in me

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    November 20, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Thanks I’ll be keeping this in mind. Always looking for new STEM activities for my boys.

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    November 20, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Oh wow these sounds like awesome activities! I think I’ll let my kids do some of these! Cause whebbthry are bored they will drive you crazy.


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    November 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I love anything that makes STEM fun, especially for young girls! These activities are great!

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    November 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    These are some really clever activities for kids.

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    November 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I love all of these. I can’t wait till my little one is old enough to get involved in this.

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    November 21, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I loved making sugar glass in school with my teacher. All kids enjoy that.

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    Zuqueta Brown
    November 21, 2017 at 9:32 am

    These look so fun! Maybe that will get me out of making the obligatory slime! LOL!

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    Kirstin Fuller
    November 21, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    What cool, fun ideas! I really want to try #5 myself (lol). I love the whole secret message & invisible ink thing. 🙂 Have a great holiday!

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      November 22, 2017 at 12:12 am

      I am also very interested in doing this activity too. Have a great holiday as well.

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    November 21, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Neat! These are great ideas. I might use some of them for homeschooling too

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    November 21, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Great ideas for the holidays. I love that STEM keeps our children learning while having fun. We might do the dancing corn!!

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    Nanekia Ansari
    November 22, 2017 at 6:37 am

    So excited to try this. Something else to do with my girls besides mani/pedis or making a crafting mess.

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    Mimi Green
    November 22, 2017 at 7:57 am

    We love STEM in our home and this is a great idea. I’m going to see if I can pull off the Cranberry Ship. That is one both of the kids (age 5 & 13) can do and enjoy.

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    November 22, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Well this is an educational way to celebrate thanksgiving! Wow so many creative ways to incorporate STEM activities for kids and also being festive.

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    Orianna Sells
    November 22, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Love all of these ideas! Great post!

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    Guest Blogger - Dr. Erica Saint Clair
    November 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Wow! I was out visiting family for the big stuff your socks off event, but I am so excited that you all liked the activity ideas! Definitely check us out for winter STEM too!

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