For first grade teachers and parents, it doesn’t get more fun than these low-prep Christmas STEM activities for first grade! The holiday season is a fun time to bring STEM to life with fun themes like Santa, holiday trees, and holiday lights!
We’ll get to the Christmas STEM activities for 1st grade in a bit, but first, read about why it’s important to do STEM activities for 1st grade, and make sure you have all the supplies you need for your STEM projects!
Christmas STEM Activities for 1st Grade
Keep reading to learn about all the first grade Christmas experiments you can try this holiday season!
Why are Christmas Experiments in 1st Grade Important?
First graders are starting to put the pieces of their education together in a cohesive whole. First graders are learning to read sentences and do basic math functions beyond counting.
This is a wonderful time to start establishing a love of exploration and learning through the fun of hands-on science.
Although first graders won’t always understand the ins-and-outs of each experiment, what they are learning is that it’s OK to explore, ask questions, and draw your own conclusions.
These skills are vital for children to learn how to become innovators, critical thinkers, and problem solvers as they grow up.
The benefits of a firm understanding of science from the early years cannot be overstated!
We even have a list of Christmas science you can do in jars!
Supplies for Christmas STEM Challenges for 1st Grade
Shop the list below to make sure you have everything you need for your 1st grade holiday STEM activities!
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Christmas STEM Activities for First Grade
Click on your favorite STEM activity below to get the full directions for that activity. Most of these activities have 2 or more STEM elements, but I’ve divided them by the main focus below.
Christmas Science Activities for 1st Grade
These 1st grade STEM activities all have a science focus.
Make How the Grinch Stole Christmas Slime after reading the classic holiday tale.
Learn about solutions when you do the dissolving candy cane science experiment.
Learn about non-Newtonian fluids with this Christmas Light Slime.
1st Grade Christmas Technology Activities
These 1st grade STEM activities all have a technology focus.
Make Magic with the Ultimate Santa Slime Recipe.
Do this Static Electricity Experiment with a Balloon and learn about electricity production.
Try to design and build a Homemade Snow Globe.
Learn about animal camoflauge in this Hide the Reindeer STEM Activity,
1st Grade Christmas Engineering Activities
These 1st grade STEM activities all have an engineering focus.
Make a new design for Santa in this Cardboard tube Santa activity!
Try to make a new hat for Santa in the Christmas hat engineering challenge.
Design Your Own Wrapping Paper and learn a bit about paper making.
Build an Ornament Holder and see if you can keep an ornament from breaking.
Christmas Math Activities for First Grade
These 1st grade STEM activities all have a math focus.
First graders will enjoy the challenge of this Christmas pattern block sensory bag.
Make a Christmas countdown tree with your class!
Do this fun Christmas color-by-number activity with dot markers.
Play these fun Christmas math games.