Christmas Science

Dancing Candy Cane Science Experiment

Christmas is such an easy theme to create activities for kids around. There are so many aspects of Christmas that you can never get bored! Candy canes are one of my favorite parts of the holiday season in December, which is why it makes this Dancing Candy Cane Science such a fun Christmas Science experiment to try with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students. This simple science project uses baking soda and vinegar for a silly chemical reaction that will make Chemistry fun for kids of all ages!

Dancing Candy Cane Science is such a fun Christmas Science experiment to try with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students. This simple science project uses baking soda and vinegar for a silly chemical reaction that will make Chemistry fun for kids of all ages!

Dancing candy canes

It is no secret that the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, is busy busy busy. This year we may not have as many in person parties, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be busy. I still want to share science experiments and learning activities with my kids, though.  This candy cane experiment is based on a classic: baking soda and vinegar. We’ve been making these reactions in my kitchen for years. As soon as my daughter realized how easy it was, everything needed a baking soda and vinegar reaction. This is no different. 

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Christmas Science Experiments

To try this candy cane activity with toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and grade 1 students you only need a couple simple supplies you probably have already.

Materials Needed: 

  • Clear Jar
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Candy Canes¬†

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Candy Cane Activities for Kids

Start by crushing up the candy canes. We had a variety of sizes, but the smaller slivers were what really danced around.

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Once the candy cane is in pieces, grab the jar and pour in vinegar. Add the crushed up candy canes.

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Candy Cane Science Experiment

When you’re ready, add the baking soda. The eruption happens right away and it is so cool to watch. It literally never gets old! 

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Dancing candy cane

Once the bubbles and fizz simmer down a bit, you’ll start seeing the candy cane pieces start rising. They’ll sit at the top for a bit. Then all of the sudden, as if music was turned on, the candy cane starts dancing.

One thing we didn’t expect, or think about, was that the color of the candy cane would seep off into the liquid. It was cool to see the color change from clear to red within just a few moments.

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This is a super fun science activity for kids of all ages. You could do this easily in the classroom or at home. Kids will love it either way! 

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Baking Soda Vinegar Experiment

There are so many fun ways to play and teach kids about chemical reactions using a baking soda and vinegar reaction. Here are some of our favorite baking soda and vinegar activities.

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Baking soda and vinegar reaction

Kids will have fun practicing math and literacy skills in December using these super cute, free twas the night before christmas worksheet pages. Use these Christmas worksheets with preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age students filled with cute holiday clipart and practice with shapes, numbesr, patterns, letters, and more! Simply print the twas the night before christmas activity printables and you are ready to play and learn!  alphabet gingerbread activities Christmas CVC Words on Santas Sleigh

Free Christmas Worksheets

Looking for more fun Christmas themed, FREE printables for preschoolers in December? You will love these choices:

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Christmas Activities for Kids

Looking for more free printable worksheets and epic Christmas Activities for kids? Check these out:

Learning to count from one to six is so much fun with these exciting new and free Christmas Color by Number worksheets. These Christmas Worksheets make it fun to practice number recognition while strengthening fine motor skills with these free preschool worksheets perfect for celebrating the holiday season in December. These Christmas color by number printables are great for toddler, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age children. Simply download the pdf file with the Christmas Math activity and you are ready!  FREE Christmas Patterns for Preschoolers - Kids will have fun decorating Gingerbread while working on Christmas math activity working on Patterns as a hands-on math activity in December. #playdough #christmas #preschool  Young children will have fun learning their 2d shapes with this super cute, free printable Shape Worksheets with a fun gingerbread theme perfect for December. Children will learn 2d shapes with these Gingerbread Man Worksheets. These Christmas worksheets are loaded with fun activities for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students. FREE Christmas Tree Playdough Mats - kids will have fun practicing counting to 10 with this fun, hands on math activity for December with toddler, preschool, prek, kindergarten age kids. #christmas #playdough #preschool

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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 FREE Printable Christmas Hat Craft for Preschoolers - simple Christmas craft for toddler, prek, and kindergarten age kids #christmas #craftsforkids #preschool 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!

Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers

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About the author

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 and where she shares more than 100,000 pages of FREE worksheets,& educational ideas for PreK-8th grade.

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