To help keep your little elves occupied this holiday season we have created a STEAM-powered activity advent calendar full of festive fun for the whole family!
Each day features a creative activity idea that also sneaks in opportunities to teach kids about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
The advent calendar can be shared with friends and colleagues as an interactive PDF or downloaded and printed.
Click on the text of the idea you’d like to try to open an example video, blog post with instructions, or a direct link to free resources. Try the interactive version by clicking on the image now!
For a little taster of what to expect from the calendar please see our top picks from the activities below.
Film a crystal Christmas tree time-lapse video
This classic activity for kids combines crystal formation (chemistry) and capillary action (physics). Add time-lapse photography into the mix and you’ve got yourself a superstar STEAM project!
If you enjoyed this project by YouTuber easternblot, be sure to check out the rest of their channel for more science fun!
Make symmetrical paper snowflakes
We adore this simple, beautiful project from the brilliant brains of YouTuber Easy Origami. It’s perfect for mini ‘mathletes’ and teaches kids about symmetry whilst making striking works of art!
Create a kid-sized gingerbread playhouse
This awesome project is a creative mash-up of engineering, art and mathematics and simply looks like so much fun to make!
We adore how YouTuber Zillow used stop-motion animation to demonstrate the making process!
Set up a motion capture or time-lapse ‘Santa Cam’
How cute is this idea?! Add an extra touch of magic to Christmas this year by catching Santa delivering presents, eating all your mince pies and swiping a carrot for Rudolph!
Why not try out HUE Intuition’s motion capture feature here to snap sneaky pictures of Père Noël?
We’d love to know if you try any of the ideas and which ones you enjoyed doing the most, so please leave us a message in the comments or tag us on social media with your creations and stories.