Prepare a chemistry-related ornament for your own tree or for a classroom “chemis-tree,” or try other holiday science fun such as marbling paper for gift wrap, singing a chemistry carol, or deciding if you’d like to eat a “variegated disaccharide ‘J’ tube.”
- Copper Redox Ornament
Kick off the holidays at the hardware store! Start with a sheet of galvanized iron, finish with a unique copper-plated ornament.
- Silvered Test Tube Ornament
Test tubes aren’t just for the lab anymore—use them to decorate. Silver the inside with redox, add a ribbon, and it’s ready to go.
- Borax Snowflake Ornament
Don’t buy your ornaments—grow them yourself instead! All it takes is borax, water, pipe cleaners, and a little time.
- Christmas Bulb Chromatography Ornaments
“Deck the hall with bulbs of color. Fa la la la la la la la la. Made with ink and a solvent water. Fa la la la la la la la la.”
It’s elements—cubed! Check out the ornaments this Etsy store has sold for inspiration. See what each clear and colorless cube-shaped ornament contains.
- Crystal Snowflake Ornaments
Forget brewing coffee with those filters—make a beautiful crystal snowflake instead. Now, where’d I put the borax?
- Elemental Ornaments
Elements become ornaments! See how these students interpreted the properties of their elements.
- Slime Ornaments
Slime on your tree? Yes! Mix up a batch of your favorite oozy goo to put in fillable ornaments.
- Lab Equipment Chemis-tree
Ring stands? Utility clamps? Erlenmeyer flasks? Test tubes? No, they’re chemis-tree ornaments!
- A Chemical Christmas Tree
Even “grown-up” chemists can get into decorating a chemis-tree. Check out this research center’s trees.
- Christmas Tree Elephant Toothpaste
The elephant toothpaste demo goes green—Christmas-tree-green, that is. Color and shape this demo’s foam to look like holiday greenery.
- Chemis-Tree Project
Decorating a chemis-tree doesn’t have to be just a filler activity. See how one teacher uses it as a classroom assignment.
- Chemistry Advent Calendar 2014
- Chemistry Advent Calendar 2015
25 chemistry flasks on a Chemist-Tree. 25 days of molecules to get you ready for the holidays.
- Magic Crystal Christmas Tree
“Grow” a small chemical tree using this variation on the classic charcoal crystal garden.
- The Littlest Christmas Tree
Create a tiny Christmas tree with beautiful silver branches—all on a microscope slide.
- It's a Christmas Chemistree
This teacher’s tree is a visual reminder of the chemistry his students learn during the year.
- The Chemistree
These ornaments came from student research on common household chemicals, topped off with “safety Barbie.”
- Christmas Tree Periodic Table
118 elements come together to form a colorful Christmas tree. Choose from two versions.
- Crystals, Chemistry, and Christmas Trees
A dollar store “grow your own Christmas tree” packet kicked off a round of investigation for this researcher.
- Christmas Tree Combustion
Test the flammability of dry vs. fresh needles of a tree such as fir or pine in this holiday experiment.
- Sparking a Love for Science
These Christmas trees are going up in flame. But don’t worry—it’s on purpose as high school students learn fire science.
- Chemistry Keeps Christmas Trees Alive, for Longer
Fans of real Christmas trees, take note of these tips to keep your tree green through the season.
- Partial Thermal Degradation of Mixed Saccharides with Protein Inclusions
Partial thermal what?? It’s “science speak” for a tasty holiday treat. Translate the recipe and figure out what you’ll be making.
- Construction of Variegated Disaccharide "J" Tubes
Everybody loves a good disaccharide “J” tube, right? Make your own with this recipe—can you guess what it is?
- What's Special About Fudge?
Pssst… Let me tell you a secret. The secret of perfect fudge, that is. Find out the chemistry behind the candy, then make your own.
- Candy Glass Icicle Decorations
Make sugar “glass” icicles as a decoration (or as a snack!).
- Peppermint Cream Wafers
Add these to your holiday sweets recipe box. Chemistry never tasted so good!
- Unraveling the Chemistry of Christmas Cookies
Crispy? Chewy? Cake-like? Decide which is your favorite and learn about the chemistry it takes to get it.
- Unwrapping the Chemistry of Christmas
If you’ve finished your orange, don’t toss the peel just yet. Check out this surprising Christmas table demo.
- Christmas Cooking as Chemistry
Mincemeat ice cream? Yes, you read that right. See what holiday treats you’ll find on your table due to molecular gastronomy.
- What Chemicals Will We Be Eating and Drinking This Christmas?
What’s for Christmas dinner? Chemicals! Yum! Learn how chemistry makes your meal delicious.
- Santa Slime Recipe
Why settle for ordinary slime when you can make holiday slime? Try these recipes for Santa and Grinch slimes.
- Case #1225: Case of the Christmas Cookie Mystery
Help out the North Pole Bureau of Investigations by identifying the mixed-up white powders Mrs. Claus needs to bake her sugar cookies.
- Poinsettia pH Paper
Tired of plain old pH paper? Make your own (holiday style!) using a solution made from poinsettia plants.
- Crystal Frost Window Paint
Either Jack Frost came to visit, or you’ve found this recipe for window paint. Grab some Epsom salt and get started!
- Snow Globe Lab
Making a snow globe is a great way to learn about solubility! Try this lab and make your own.
- Holiday Chemistry Webinar
Take a whirlwind tour of holiday chemistry activities that are ready to use in the classroom, along with how they can tie into what you’re teaching/learning.
- Chemistry Carols
You’ve never heard “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls” like this. Ready, set, sing!
- "A Chemistry Christmas Carol"
“With apologies to Charles Dickens.” Can you find the names of 86 elements hidden in this story?
- Creating Colorful Icicles
Live in an area with cold weather? Use a phase change to create a temporary outdoor sculpture.
- Holiday Periodic Table
What makes up the holiday items around us? Consider how elements on the periodic table are part of things like snow, pine needles, and cookie frosting.
- A Christmas Lantern Project
Use the chemistry of oxidation to turn an empty soda can into a beautiful lantern.
- Elemental Facts of Santa
Sounds like Santa loves his elements! Figure out some of his favorites in this fill-in-the-blank puzzle.
- A Christmas Elemental Word Search
Find all the elements in this word search, then discover the “Grinchy quote” made by the leftover letters.
- Peppermint Oobleck Science Sensory Play
It’s the usual cornstarch oobleck, but with a twist. What happens if you add peppermint candies?
- Winning Christmas Card Image
How do these scientists celebrate the holidays? With a Christmas Card Competition centered on science.
- Why the Magic of Christmas Is All Down to Chemistry
C is for candles. H is for holly. R is for… And it’s all about the chemistry behind each one.
- Marbled Gift Wrap
- “Colorful Lather Printing” Activity
Amaze friends and family with this beautiful handmade marbled gift wrap. Then amaze them again by explaining how science and shaving cream make it work.
- Chemistry Holiday Gift Guide
Don’t know what to get the chemists in your life? Check out this holiday gift guide, with stuff like a molar beach ball and an atomic emission spectrum scarf.
- Chemistry: The Perfect Gift for Christmas
Looking for activity ideas? Find out about the handmade gifts these students made at a chemistry event.
- These Are a Few of My Favorite (Chemistry) Things
Lots of out of the ordinary gift ideas here. Don’t forget the NaCl and C17H19NO3 shakers.
- Chemistry Gift Guide
More gift ideas! ACS ChemClubs adds new items to this Pinterest board (periodically).
- Holiday Gift Ideas
Chemistry-themed gifts to wear, cook with, keep you warm, and more.
- The Best Chemistry Gifts
This collection of gifts probably has some you haven’t seen before and may decide you can’t live without.
(all sites accessed November 2016)