As far as my kids were concerned, this activity was just another one of our Christmas activities for kids. As far as I was concerned, this was a wonderful opportunity to teach some vocabulary combined with some science for kids. The idea for this activity focused on the concepts shiny and dull came straight from a post at Science Sparks, and it made for a perfect Christmas science and vocabulary lesson.
I gathered up a number of Christmas-y items and put them on a tray.
Then I handed the kids a flashlight and let them select objects, one-by-one, to examine.
We talked about the fact that shiny objects reflect lots of light back to us, while dull objects do not reflect much light at all.
(If you are wondering about my kids’ clothing choices,
QBoy was wearing a tiger costume and XGirl was wearing a bumble bee costume.
And no, it wasn’t Halloween. They just really enjoy dressing up. )
The kids carefully examined their objects. Getting to use the flashlight was definitely the highlight of this activity, in their opinion!
After looking at each object, the kids sorted them into a shiny pile and a dull pile.
Two items got put in between the two piles, as the kids decided that the star ornament and the Santa doll had both shiny and dull parts to them.
This was a fun way to learn a little science and a little vocabulary with a Christmas twist!
More Christmas resources
More Christmas posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Grow a Christmas tree sponge
- Christmas Montessori activities
- Q-tip painted Christmas tree
- Paper plate reindeer craft
- Christmas sensory bin
- Cinnamon Christmas ornaments
- Candy cane experiment
- Christmas game: What’s in the bag?
- Christmas Printables Pack
- Christmas Bingo
- Christmas do-a-dot printables
- Christmas gingerbread man templates