Experiments, Parenting

Christmas calendar ideas for young explorers, age 7-12

This year I have been inspired to create my own Kids Christmas Calendar filled with science experiments, which I will do with my own kids. I have seen several professional calendars in the stores, and I feel they are extremely expensive, which I don’t like. I would like all kids to have the opportunity to do experiments just because it is fun and educational, no matter the parent’s financial status. If you are a parent like me who like to do things with your kids, that also is educational at the same time, then continue to read this post. 🙂

My goal is to publish one science experiment per day between December 1st – 24th. Feel free to try them out yourself. 🙂 Oh, and let me know how it went, in the comments field below. I would really love to hear how the experiment was for you and what your kids thought of it.

This is how my Kids Christmas Calendar work


I have folded twenty-four paper boxes myself. There will be another post about how to fold your own paper and which I will link to later. All paper boxes will have a date written on them, so my intention is that my kids will open one each day from December 1st – 24th. Every paper box will contain one new experiment for that day.

Kids Christmas Calendar

I just want to mention that I got the inspiration for all the experiments from Sara Magnusson at Experimentfabriken, Sweden. Thanks a lot, Sara!

My thoughts on my Kids Christmas Calendar


I see this as a perfect opportunity for my kids to explore all kinds of science experiments. I know my kids will start to ask thousands of questions. And, I am prepared! I will have to rely a lot on information I can find on the web, since no way I will know all the answers. Google is my friend. 🙂

Here I will add links to the experiments me and my kids have performed each day.

So, what do my children think about my kids Christmas Calendar?


Right now, they are asking a lot about the boxes since I keep them visible on the kitchen table. My kids don’t know what I have prepared for them. This is so much fun to see their curiosity and the discussions they have about what the boxes may contain. I hope they won’t be disappointed, at least I don’t think they will be.

I will add comments from my kids about these experiments here at the end of the year.

Pros and Cons


I think the good part is that when creating your kids Chrismas Calendar yourself is that you are in charge of both content and cost.

The cons are that you need to make sure you have the time to perform the experiments every day, and if you have not prepared properly with all the needed items, you’ll have to go and get them ASAP. *lol*

Conclusion


It is important to have a hypothesis before any of the experiments start. My hypothesis regarding this kids Christmas Calendar is that my kids will learn a lot about science, they will start to ask a lot of questions and explore several for them, new fields. And I think we will all have a blast. Hopefully, it does not get too messy, because you know who will be the one cleaning up… :-/

I will add my conclusion about these experiments at the end of the year.

Where to Buy the products in this kids Christmas Calendar?


All products used in the experiments are mainly found in any normal grocery store. Of course, since I live in Sweden, you may have to do a Google search to find a similar product depending on where in the world you are.

Good luck with the experiments!

If you have any thoughts about this kids Christmas Calendar, feel free to leave a comment below! I would really love to read about it.

8 comments

This is awesome article Marika. I think that this is great chance for both parents and kids to work together and have some fun. My sister’s boy have 10 years and I hope that this would be funny for him and it is a good opportunity to develop more intelligence on kids. 

Thank you for your comment Daniel! Yes, I hope I will inspire both kids and grown ups to do more experiments. 🙂

Hey Marika, I liked your article. Kids calendars is a very compelling and great project, its great that you have a project for your kids. I’m a father myself and I’m still trying to get my 4 year old son to focus on something constructive besides his toys and tablet. Also, making time to do the experiments can really be time consuming but I can also imagine fun as well. Great read, great job!

Thank you for your comment R.J! Yes, I agree that experiments can be time consuming. Therefore I will keep it simple. 🙂

What a cute concept! It’s like an advent calendar but instead of chocolate, the kids get knowledge! I’ve never seen such an interesting, creative way to introduce daily learning to kids. My girlfriend is a preschool teacher and I think that this could be an amazing way to engage the kids leading up to the holidays. Really great post, thank you!

Thank you for your comment Branden! I am happy to inspire for new ways of learning. Hmm… Since I like chocolate, and so do my kids, I might add a piece of chocolate in some of the boxes, as a bonus. 😉

This is such a great idea for kids! It is so educational too, especially when most kids are worrying about getting, getting, getting, your using this time to educate! Seriously amazing idea, thanks for the tip!

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