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Thanksgiving Science Activities Roundup

As the holidays swing into full gear, there are many ways to add simple Thanksgiving science activities into your plans.

Turkeys, leaves, food, and more make for perfect science learning opportunities. They also make a great way to keep the kids from getting restless waiting for their meals!

Here are 4 Thanksgiving Science Activities to try this November:

1) Salt Crystal Leaves

This fall twist on a traditional science experiment turns pipe cleaners into leaves to form the base for your crystal growing experiment. It only takes a few household items and a little patience. Get the details from Living Well Mom.

from Living Well Mom

2) Make Your Own Butter

This is a family-favorite. We have been making our own butter for Turkey Day for several years. You only need a small container (like a baby food jar), a few marbles and some whole cream and a whole lotta shakin’. See details on how to make butter from Hess Un-Academy here.

3) The Science of Gobbling


Why do some birds gobble? Learn more about gobbling from the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Also check out these links for more about fun facts about the biology of turkeys and more cool things about our favorite bird for Thanksgiving.

4) Dancing Corn

from How to Homeschool My Child

This activity is super popular and also super easy — you probably have everything you need at home right now! Get the details on this mesmerizing dancing corn STEM activity from How to Homeschool My Child.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving science activities? Share in the comments.

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