Gifted kids love hands-on, engaging science projects, and the holiday season provides the opportunity to enjoy some especially fun activities. These are a few of our favorites. Feel free to share your favorite ideas in the comments section below!
- Instead of using wrapping paper for gifts, kids can make marbled and scented wrapping paper with shaving cream and food coloring.
- Use poinsettias to make pH paper strips, and have your students test various holiday-themed liquids such as eggnog to see if they’re acidic or basic.
- Use borax and glue to make a “melting snowman,” or borax and pipe cleaners to make crystal snowflakes.
- Boric acid can be used to make pinecones that burn with colored fire.
- Benzoic acid, on the other hand, can be used to make your own snow globe.
- Older students can conduct labs to make holiday treats such as peppermint cream wafers, candy canes, and peanut brittle.
This is just a festive little sampler of what you can do at your home or in the classroom. Be sure to read the experiments' materials and instructions sections carefully, as some projects involve chemicals. For these and other projects, it is important that adult supervision be provided. More activities can be found at About.com, Hooked on Science, and The High School Laboratory.