30 Awesome Activities to Do Over Winter Break

It can be tricky to keep kids busy during winter break — especially if you’re spending it in quarantine. To help, we pulled a mix of some of our favorite KiwiCo projects and DIYs. If you see a crate project you like, we recommend ordering right away so you get them before your kids go back to school!

  1. STEAM Experiments

    • Visual aid of how to complete Colorful Chemistry

      Add a little color — and a whole lot of science — to your day! Learn about the scientific method, then put together a bubbly chemical reaction in your own fab chemistry lab.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Milk Swirl Experiment

      My kids can't get enough of this super-simple science experiment. I love that it's easy and safe enough for kids of all ages, and uses only ingredients I already have in the kitchen. The end result is an explosion of colors, and it almost looks like magic! Watch our video to see us make the colorful experiment from start to swirling color.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Crystal Chemistry Garden

      Craft a colorful chemis-tree and garden using felt shapes and liquid watercolors. Then concoct a chemical solution that'll make your garden grow fun and funky crystals over two days. Learn about the science of crystals — how they're formed, and how they make up all sorts of things, like salt, snow, and sapphires!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Bouncy Egg
      Bouncy Egg

      (Ages 5-16)

      Can you make an egg bounce? Try this simple chemistry experiment and see the shell of an egg dissolve! You'll be left with a surprise and a fun, bouncy egg. 

    • Visual aid of how to complete Oil + Water Chemistry

      Oil and water may not mix, but kids and chemistry definitely do! Set up your very own fab chemistry lab, and conduct a series of hands-on oil-and-water experiments.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Hot Ice Hand Warmers

      Keep your hands warm with this hot ice experiment you can do at home! OK, so it's not really ice, but it really does keep your hands warm. And it's an easy (and safe) experiment you can do in your own kitchen. All you need is baking soda and vinegar to create a little chemistry experiment that comes handy in the cold winter.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Plant Light Maze
      Plant Light Maze

      (Ages 9-16)

      Have you ever noticed how plants grow toward the light? Build this simple light maze, and watch the plant grow around the obstacles to reach the light! Try experimenting with different mazes and see how the plant reacts. Can your plant complete its maze?

    • Visual aid of how to complete Volcano Slime

      Get ready for some ooey-gooey, educational fun. Mix together chemical solutions to make your own fizzy, oozy slime that "erupts" like a volcano! A hands-on way to explore kid-friendly chemistry, acids and bases, and the science of polymers.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Pumping Heart
      Pumping Heart

      (Ages 9-16)

      Curious about how your heart pumps blood? Use this model to learn about the right atrium and ventricle!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Vortex Lab

      Build a magnetic mixing machine and spin up a chemical cyclone! Contains everything you need to try 4 chemistry experiments exploring the science of solubility, diffusion, and oxidation-reduction.

  2. STEAM Craft Projects

    • Visual aid of how to complete Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils

      Create your own fossils out of salt dough!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Cardboard Castle
      Cardboard Castle

      (Ages 5-16)

      Upcycle a cardboard box into a castle with a drawbridge! Make the castle shown here, and then Invite your friends over to help make designs of your own.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Animal Bath Bombs

      Dip your toes into bubbly bathtime chemistry with animal-shaped bath bombs you make yourself! Learn about acid-base reactions and the science of molecules while mixing up a colorful chemical concoction.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Melted Crayon Art

      Melting. It's a natural process that we can see every day: the ice in a glass of water, the butter on bread right after it’s toasted, the candles on a birthday cake. Let’s try to melt crayons into a work of art!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Crystal Ombre Soap Making

      Make a splash — with soapy science! Craft and customize two kinds of colorful, crystal-inspired soaps. Then take a deep dive into hands-on learning, and explore mineral science.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Egg Geodes
      Egg Geodes

      (Ages 9-16)

      Have you ever grown your own crystal geodes? Try this egg experiment and grow your very own borax crystals in a shell! Experiment with different borax concentrations and see how big your crystals can grow. 

    • Visual aid of how to complete Marbled Paperweight

      These pretty rainbow rocks are perfect for brightening up your desk! With just some nail polish and water, you can transform an ordinary rock into your own marbled paperweight.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Punch Needle Pillow

      Explore textile art, with a project that packs a serious punch! This fun and time-consuming project will teach kids how to design and create their very own punch needle pillow.

  3. STEAM Challenges & Games

    • Visual aid of how to complete Monster Mash Up
      Monster Mash Up

      (Ages 3-5)

      For several months every year, our Seattle skies are filled with gray clouds. So as a kindergarten teacher, I was always on the lookout for easy, rainy day activities that would make inevitable indoor recesses fun for my students. Hands down, Monster Mash Up was one of the kids' all-time favorite projects. Now that I have children of my own, I can officially declare this simple activity a winner. It's guaranteed entertainment at doctors' offices, restaurants, and on airplanes.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Marble Maze
      Marble Maze

      (Ages 5-11)

      We love getting multiple uses out of simple materials. That's why we created this easy DIY Marble maze. Not only will you repurpose an old crate or box to make the maze. But you will also be able to play multiple games out of one project! If your kids enjoy puzzles or strategy games then this would be a perfect DIY for your family.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Pinball Machine

      Design the board, launch, and play, all while discovering pinball game physics! Build this pinball machine kit, designed just for kids, and play with angles and momentum. Plus, try your hand at geometric artwork to decorate your game board.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Box Toss
      Box Toss

      (Ages 9-16)

      Inspired by the game of Corn Hole, this simple tossing contest uses recycled cardboard boxes (or KiwiCo crates!) Set up in the backyard and see who gets the most points. For tossing objects, try whiffle balls, ping pong balls or even walnuts!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Balloon Cars

      Customize two balloon cars and get ready to roll with your own at-home race day! Build out your cars and then, experiment and tinker with the wheels and balloon to see how fast they can go.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Basketball Catapult

      Aim, shoot, and score with this physics-friendly crate! Engineer an adjustable catapult and play a spirited game of basketball.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Craft Stick Chain Reaction

      Chain reactions are amazing displays of energy. When everything is set up right, one little tap can cause a cascade of action, like a single domino knocking over a chain of thousands. Try this experiment to make a huge chain reaction out of just a few craft sticks!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Cannonball Launcher

      Build a launcher that uses elastic power to shoot foam cannonballs. Learn about the science of potential and kinetic energy — all while putting your cannon construction skills to the test.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Baking Soda-Powered Boat

      Fizz, fizz, zoom! This baking soda experiment boat is easy to build and fun to race. If you’ve ever dropped a fizzy tablet into a cup of water or made a baking soda volcano, you’ve made the same chemical reaction used here. But this time, we’re using that reaction to power a soda bottle boat, for a short distance at least.This is one baking soda experiment that is more fun with more room, so try this one in the bathtub. You can also experiment with the amount of baking soda and vinegar you add.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Egg Drop Project
      Egg Drop Project

      (Ages 9-16)

      How can you get an egg to drop without breaking it? Change the way it drops with this awesome egg drop experiment!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Light-Chasing Robot

      Light up a love of electronics with this light-chasing robot! Wire up the motors, add the switch, and assemble your robot — all while exploring the science behind circuits and sensors

Get inspired!