Celebrate the season with your club! Many winter holidays have exciting chemistry connections. Explore these festive activities, labs, articles, and more.
- Atomic Holiday Ornaments from AACT
Design an atomic holiday ornament for a chosen element, along with a certificate of authenticity to display on a “Chemis-tree”.
- Scientifically Sufganiyot from Royal Society of Chemistry
How does a recipe for Hanukkah doughnuts compare to a scientific method or a set of integrated instructions?
- Christmas Tree Combustion from Science Friday
Use this activity to demonstrate the flammability of dry versus fresh needles of a tree such as fir or pine.
- Chemistree from AACT
Prepare a solution and use it to “grow” crystals on a paper Christmas tree.
- Molding Metal from AACT
Casting tin into molds creates unique ornaments.
- Silver Test Tube Holiday Ornament from AACT
A reduction reaction is used to create a silver-plated test tube holiday ornament.
- Winter Crystals from AACT
A supersaturated solution can be used to make snow/ice covered decorations overnight!
- Ornament Making: A Holiday Redox Activity from Flinn Scientific
Holiday fun—combine chemistry and art to design a holiday ornament!
- Poinsettia pH Paper from ThoughtCo.
Tired of plain old pH paper? Make your own holiday style! using poinsettia plants.
- Why the Magic of Christmas Is All Down to Chemistry from The Independent
From candles and incense to snow and mistletoe, the festive period is a feast for the senses.
- Festive Fuels from Chemistry World
Read about the source of the menorah’s glow, and the chemistry connected to Hanukkah.
- The Tumultuous History of Tinsel from Mental Floss
The long, silvery strands on the Christmas tree have a long history with many changes.
- Diwali: Scientific Reasons Behind Lighting Diyas from India.com
Explore the Diwali tradition to illuminate each house with a burning lamp.
- Christmas Tree Periodic Table from Science Notes
118 elements come together to form a colorful Christmas tree. Choose from two versions.
- O Chemistree from Royal Society of Chemistry
Thinking of a chemistree this year? Look at these ideas for getting started.
- Green Crackers Answer to Diwali Pollution from DowntoEarth.org
Though manufacturing can be limited, green crackers offer alternative ingredients, reducing pollution during the Diwali celebration.