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!
5 Cool Thanksgiving STEM Activities
Make sugar glass cookies while learning about how things can change their shapes.
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!
Let your kids mix up a contained mess as they learn both chemistry and physics.
Learn structural engineering in this fun science project that lets kids build with just cranberries and toothpicks!
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!