Christmas resources

Christmas resources

Festive fun for your science lessons

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It may only be November, but the Christmas lights are already up.  Time to start thinking about how to introduce a little of the festive spirit into your lessons. What better way to do it than with some Christmas-themed science resources?

Here are our favourites:

Snapshot science - It's Christmas!

Christmas tree buzzer game

Two great festive activities for 7-13 year olds. The first is a 'make a Christmas buzzer' game, where students use their knowledge of circuits to build a game in the shape of a Christmas tree.  In the second activity, students compete to see whose balloon sleigh can travel the furthest.

Science Spot - Christmas Chromatography

Christmas chromatography

Explore chromatography with your students by making a string of chromatography Christmas lights. It even comes with a science-y Christmas carol, "Deck the halls with science"! You can download instructions and light bulb patterns for your class. The activity can be made easier for younger students.

ARKive's Disappearing acts in the snow

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ARKive presents some amazing winter disappearing acts with some of the best snowy camaflage you've ever seen.

UPD8

UPD8 Just one Father Christmas

UPD8's topical resources include Just one Father Christmas - are all British Mr Christmases descended from one 'Father' Christmas? Students use genetics to work the problem out. Pupils can also use a Christmas trifle to find out about colloidal mixtures and the importance of a balanced diet.

Christmas taste test - sprouts!

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Planet Science explains why some people like sprouts and other people find them repulsive! You could taste test sprouts with your class - how many students like them? Is it the same number as the general population? What does this suggest about their taste receptors?

 

Ehow

Ehow

Ehow has a few suggestions for using Christmas as a starting point to discuss science. How about using the Star of Bethlehem to spark a discussion about astronomy? Or using Christmas lights to teach about electricity?

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