Christmas Science

Christmas Lime Battery Electricity Experiment for Preschoolers

Looking for a really cool christmas science activity for kids? We made the simple lime battery project into a relaly cool science Christmas tree. This battery lime experiment is perfect for introducing preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders to electricity for kids. All you need ar a few simple materials and you can try these fun Chrsitmas Science experiments.

Looking for a really cool christmas science activity for kids? We made the simple lime battery project into a relaly cool science Christmas tree. This battery lime experiment is perfect for introducing preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders to electricity for kids. All you need ar a few simple materials and you can try these fun Chrsitmas Science experiments.

Lime Battery

We love doing holiday themed lessons and christmas science in December. Not only does doing christmas science activities for preschoolers help keep kids engaged, but they tend to remember an epic science christmas tree better than just reading about electricity for preschoolers. Try this Christmas science activities for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 students. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler you will love this christmas science project!

Battery Lime All you need to try this simpler fruit battery are a few simple materials including: 6 limes 6 nails or large paper clips heavy copper wire (with or without plastic coating) wire cutters or heavy scissors 1 LED light bulb (like from string of Christmas lights) electrical tape

Battery Lime

All you need to try this simpler fruit battery are a few simple materials including:

  • 6 limes
  • 6 nails or large paper clips
  • heavy copper wire (with or without plastic coating)
  • wire cutters or heavy scissors
  • 1 LED light bulb (like from string of Christmas lights)
  • electrical tape

The first step is to cut the copper wire into six 8" lengths and 2 pieces of 10" length.

Christmas Science

The first step is to cut the copper wire into six 8″ lengths and 2 pieces of 10″ length.¬† If the wire you got is covered in plast, make sure you take the time now to¬† cut off about 1-inch of the plastic insulation from both ends of each wire.

To get all the juices flowing, spend a couple minutes squeezing the limes and rolling them around. But don’t break the skin! Now to make this a fun holiday themed science activity, arrange your limes in a tall triangle, tree shape!

The second step is to stick a nail about halfway in each of the lime fruits.

Christmas Science Experiments

The second step is to stick a nail about halfway in each of the lime fruits.

The third step is to connect the limes to one another to form a complete circuit.

Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers

The third step is to connect the limes to one another to form a complete circuit. Attach 8″ copper wire to nail in the lime and the other side to the next fruit by sticking it right into the lime itself – you want it close to the nail, but not touching. Continue until each lime is connected to the fruit¬† behind it via a copper wire coming out of the lime itself and the lime in front of it from a copper wire attached to the nail.

The final step is to connect one of the long wires to the last lime on the left's nail and then to one of the wires (or leads) on the light bulb; secure with electrical tape. When you add the last 10" wire to the other light bulb lead and the lime that does not have a wire going directly into it's flesh the ligh bulb will light up.

Science Christmas Tree

Before we get to the last step, you can decorate your tree! We used a red pipe cleaner as garland and pom poms as ornaments, but you can use ribbon, paper ornaments, or whatever else you like!

Christmas Science

The final step is to connect one of the long wires to the last lime on the left’s nail and then to one of the wires (or leads) on the light bulb; secure with electrical tape. When you add the last 10″ wire to the other light bulb lead and the lime that does not have a wire going directly into it’s flesh the ligh bulb will light up.

HINT: If you are using an LED light and it isn’t lighting up, just turn around the led so the leads are attached in a different direction to get the electricity flowing in the correct direction.

Looking for a really cool christmas science activity for kids? We made the simple lime battery project into a relaly cool science Christmas tree. This battery lime experiment is perfect for introducing preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders to electricity for kids. All you need ar a few simple materials and you can try these fun Chrsitmas Science experiments.

Electricity for Preschoolers

We don’t typically see lights powered by a limes, lemon battery, or a tomato battery. We usually get our electricity from electrical outlets or batteries. A battery is made of two different metals and an acid. In this case the limes is the acid. The nail and copper wire are the substitute for two differene metals that make the electrodes where electricity enters and exits the battery. These electrons flow from the nail into the lime juice acid to the copper wire and then on to the next fruit. They gather more and more electrons in their route until their are enough to light up the bulb.

Take it a step further. Can other fruits power a battery? Try other acidic produce such as oranges, lemons, tomatoes, and potatoes.  Now try a non-acidic fruit like peas or zuchini; does it work?

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Electricity Activities for Preschoolers

Looking to explore electiricty further? Try these fun electricity projects.

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Preschool Winter Activities

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Preschool Christmas Crafts

Kids will have a blast making this bauble craft with our free ornament printables and construction paper! This snowman ornament craft makes beautiful diy snowman ornaments to decorate your tree this holiday season! Try this Christmas ornament crafts for kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and up! Simply print christmas printables and you are ready to make this Christmas crafts for preschoolers. snowman Handmade Greeting Cards Looking for cute and fun-to-make Christmas or winter craft ideas? You will love this colorful snowflake craft for kids that uses chromatography to create stunning diy snowflake decorations for December and January! These arts and crafts snowflakes are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and up to make. You've got to try these winter craft ideas! This Christmas wreath craft may be quick and EASY, but WOW is it beautiful! Children of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd graders, and up will love making these construction paper Christmas crafts as decorations for home or the classroom. So grab some pretty paper and start making this pretty paper plate wreath as a holiday craft for December!

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Christmas worksheets

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of Preschool Play and Learn. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of 123Homeschool4Me.com and kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com where she shares more than 100,000 pages of FREE worksheets,& educational ideas for PreK-8th grade.

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