Fill small containers with holiday-themed materials & create a Christmas weight activity for your kids. This includes LOTS of ideas for a fun math or STEM center in your classroom.
Are you looking for a fun, hands-on activity for your December math or STEM center? How about a Christmas weight activity?
In an earlier post, I showed you how I used my stash of little plastic containers to create a fun measurement activity for kids. Now, I want to show you how you can easily make a holiday version – a Christmas weighing station.
The Christmas Weight Activity printables pictured in this article are can be purchased in my store, but you can do the activity without the printables.
Again, I started with some little plastic containers. Make sure that the containers fit into the bucket of a balance scale and that they are the same size. Plastic baby food containers work perfectly, but you can also find small containers at the dollar store.
Now, check out your supply closet, craft bins, and Christmas decor to find some small items to fill the containers. You can also find some inexpensive holiday-themed materials at the dollar store. If you can’t celebrate Christmas in your classroom, you can use gingerbread or winter-themed materials.
Here are a bunch of ideas for fun materials to weigh:
Gingerbread Theme Materials
- candy canes
- red licorice
- gingerbread erasers
Winter Theme Materials
- mini snowflake ornaments or erasers
- snow (buffalo snow, cotton batting, or baking soda)
- snowballs (cotton balls or white pom-poms)
- pine cones
- evergreen sprigs
- hot cocoa mix
- red and green sequins, gems, or beads
- mini gift ornaments
- birthday candles in holiday colors
- ribbons, bows
- pieces of garland
- reindeer noses (red beads or pom-poms)
- wrapping paper
- berries or poinsettias
Prepare 5 or more containers of differing weights for kids to compare. Tape or glue the containers closed to prevent kids from spilling or nibbling on the contents.
The printable activity set in my store includes a wide variety of material cards plus some editable templates to create some custom cards.
THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
I hope that you have fun filling your containers. Do you have some additional ideas? I would love to hear them.
PURCHASE THE PRINTABLES
To purchase the Christmas and Holiday Weight Printables, click on the image below.