We love making Christmas ornaments for the tree. When the kids were younger our ornaments were crafty things. Usually showing their tiny little fingers in some cute way, but now my son’s hands are bigger than mine we need something that will appeal to older kids. Ornaments created with science and STEAM are the perfect solution. To inspire your educational homemade ornament projects we have compiled a list of the best STEAM and Science Inspired Christmas Ornament Projects.
CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT PROJECTS WITH A STEAM LESSONS
There are lots of ways to bring a little STEAM into your ornament making plans this year. The results are spectacular and your kids will love telling friends and family all about how they made their ornaments and the lessons they learned. These are the lessons that tend to stick with kids because they are fun and they are repeating the lessons over and over again.
Recycled Computer Parts Ornament
These ornaments are so much fun to make! Got an old keyboard and some crafting supplies? You can do this activity. Simply take apart an old keyboard, let the kids can explore the inner workings, then use the keys to make ornaments with cute sayings.
Crystal Christmas Ornaments
Crystal ornaments are so pretty under the lights, and the process of growing the crystals is fascinating. Our favourite is to make crystal wreath ornaments. If you want to grow your crystals larger, check out the science experiment we did to learn how to make our crystals huge! You can also use this crystal growing technique to make snowflakes and candy canes.
DIY Bio-Plastic Ornaments
We have really enjoyed learning how to make our own plastics with items from the pantry and Christmas ornaments are a great project to make from bio-plastics! We have created ornaments using both milk plastic and gelatin plastic. Our gelatin plastic ornaments will be posted soon, but for now you can check out our milk plastic ornaments. I’ll update with our gelatin plastic ornaments shortly!
Bath Bomb Ornaments
It’s no secret how much we love making bath bombs around here. The science behind bath fizzies is absolutely fascinating and face it, all kids love science that erupts! With these ornaments we are making special bath bomb ornaments. They look amazing on the tree and when the holidays are over, pop open the ornament and enjoy a relaxing bath. Save the casing so you can make bath bomb ornaments again next year!
Coding STEAM Ornaments
Using beads you can create some fun binary code ornaments that contain a secret message. My friends at Schooling a Monkey and Little Bins for Little Hands both have instructions for you to tackle this STEAM ornament idea.
Circuits are so much fun to create. Kids love it when their creations literally light up! We love our little Circuit-tree or you can create a soft circuit like our friends at Teach Beside Me.
Space Inspired Ornaments
My kid is obsessed with space! So this year we are inspired by our friends at Schooling a Monkey, Teach Beside Me and Pink Stripey Socks to create some out of this world ornaments inspired by the planets and galaxy.
Have fun making your very own ornaments this year powered by STEAM learning!
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