15 straightforward and enjoyable science experiments and preschool actions
As we all know, young children like to ask, “Why?” This is what makes science so exciting for them. Pre-school science students should be encouraged to explore all about the world around them. These experiments and activities are easy to perform, and curious kids will enjoy every moment of hands-on learning!
1. Find out what is sinking and floating
Children love to play around in the water! This preschool-age science activity will help them learn to hypothesize, conduct a simple experiment, and sort their results by characteristics.
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2. Learn what dissolves in water
Keep the water fun going by letting kids predict which objects will and will not dissolve in the water. Keep track of your results and see if they have anything in common.
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3. Watch hot water rise and cold water fall
This early exploration of the concept of density can always be seen in impressive action. Explain that the same is true of air, and see if the children can see this in action.
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4. Grow a paper towel rainbow
“Capillary Action” may be a real treat for pre-school science students, but they don’t need to remember the term to be impressed by this experiment! All you need are markers, a paper towel, two glasses of water.
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5. Mix in some “magic” milk
A drop or two of dish soap makes food coloring dance and swirl milk over the surface of a shallow bowl. It seems like magic to the little ones, but it’s all about surface tension and chemical reactions.
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6. See how easily germs spread
We spend a lot of time reminding children to wash their hands. Help them see why it’s so important with this simple experiment that uses glitter to replace germs.
7. Say and watch what will melt in the sun
You need a hot, sunny day for this preschool science experiment. Help students choose a variety of items to put in a muffin pan and let them predict which of them will melt. Set the can in the sun for an hour or two, then place it in and record your results.
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8. See rice dancing in the water
There are lots of cool baking soda and vinegar experiments out there (ever built your own volcano?) And this is always a favorite with the little ones. The acid-base reaction makes the rice dance and jump around in the water. So cool!
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9. Make shaving cream rain clouds
This is a classic science activity that every child should try at least once. It helps them understand how clouds become so saturated with water that they have to give it up in the form of rain.
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10. Go to the playground to explore gravity and friction and
What goes up has to come down again! A playground slide is the perfect place to help kids understand gravity. This is also a great opportunity to learn about friction.
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11. Test objects with magnets
Magnets are an endless source of fascination for children. At this stage, you can be less concerned with explaining how magnets work and instead just let the children explore which items are attracted to magnets and which are not. Have them sort the items into categories and then see if the items have anything in common.
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12. See sound waves in action
With this series of simple experiments, kids can see sound waves at work. Start by making waves with a slinky, then move on to tuning forks and bouncing confetti.
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13. Grow delicious rock candy crystals
Crystal experiments are a hit with children of all ages. This takes a little patience, but kids can eat the delicious results!
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14. Move pompoms with air pressure
Understanding the idea that air can have enough force to move objects can be a bit of a challenge. This simple experiment with household items lets young learners see it in front of their eyes.
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15. Bubble towers
There are lots of fun science activities you can do with bubbles to explore concepts like surface tension. Or you can just have a great time and see who can build the tallest bubble tower!
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