Preschool Science Activities

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Preschool Science Activities

Preschool science activities can be simple and fun:

  • Have a science box full of items to experiment with
  • Go outside and explore
  • Find a good science book at the library
  • Ask lots of questions, then find the answers




Magic Goo

SUPPLIES:

  • 2 cups Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Spoon
  • Bowl


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Mix water and cornstarch, it will get pretty stiff.
  2. If needed, add more cornstarch or water.
  3. Child:
  4. Experiment with new goo.

Mini Volcano

SUPPLIES:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Cup
  • Optional: red food coloring


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Pour vinegar and food coloring into cup.
  2. For fun, make a volcano with playdough around the cup.
  3. Child:
  4. Add the baking soda.




Plastic Cup Telephones

SUPPLIES:

  • 2 plastic cups
  • Thumbtack
  • Long string
  • 2 toothpicks


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Poke a small hole in the bottom of cups.
  2. Push the string through each hole and tie it around a toothpick.
  3. Make sure the string is tight and talk back and forth in cup.

Scientist Questions

SUPPLIES:

  • Items to experiment with


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Explain:
  1. Being a preschool science scientist means to ask questions and to try to find answers.
  2. Child:
  3. Experiment with the items.
  4. Think of questions about the items and find the answers.




Magnetic Hunt

SUPPLIES:

  • Magnet


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Using a magnet, go on a hunt to find objects it is attracted to.

Apple Exploring

SUPPLIES:

  • Different colored apples
  • Knife


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Cut open an apple and show the seeds.
  2. Explain that plants grow from seeds.
  3. Compare the apples; what is different, what is the same.
  4. Cut the different apples into slices.
  5. Child:
  6. Try the apples and decide which is favorite.




How Does it Melt

SUPPLIES:

  • Items that melt: chocolate chips, crayon pieces, butter, ice cubes, or gummy worms
  • Ziplock bag for each item
  • Microwave


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Place each item in a bag.
  2. Child:
  3. Look, feel and smell each item.
  4. Close the bag and melt each item in the microwave.
  5. When items cool, explore the melted items.

Invisible Ink

SUPPLIES:

  • Lemon Juice
  • Paint brush
  • Paper
  • Oven


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Paint a picture with the lemon juice.
  2. Help:
  3. Place in oven, at 350 degrees, until the juice turns brown.
  4. Let it cool and see what the picture looks like.




Yummy Science

SUPPLIES:

  • Variety of foods
  • Hand Towels


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Place a variety of food under separate hand towels.
  2. Child:
  3. Choose a towel and close eyes.
  4. Taste the food and guess what it is.

Show and Tell

SUPPLIES:

  • Item or picture to share


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Have children sit in a circle.
  2. Let each child take a turn standing and explaining an item.




Crazy Cocoons

SUPPLIES:

  • Blanket


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Wrap up tight in a blanket, like a cocoon.
  2. See how fast you can get out of it.

Bug House

SUPPLIES:

  • Shoe Box
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Tape and scissors


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Cut squares in the shoe box to make windows.
  2. Tape plastic wrap over the windows.
  3. Child:
  4. Add leaves and twigs to box and go find some bugs.




Little Leaves

SUPPLIES:

  • Paper bag
  • Paper
  • Glue


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Explain:
  1. Leaves soak in sunlight and change it into food for the plants.
  2. Help:
  3. Go for a walk and collect leaves.
  4. Compare and exam leaves, then glue onto a paper.

Flying Snowflakes

SUPPLIES:


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Using a fan or hair dryer, try to keep paper snowflakes in the air.




Fun Floaters

SUPPLIES:

  • Variety of lightweight items
  • Blow Dryer


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Using a blow dryer to blow the items in the air.
  2. Contributed by: Erin R., Florida

Ice Racing

SUPPLIES:

  • Cookie Sheet
  • Ice cubes
  • Markers
  • Blow Dryer


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Explain:
  1. Ice cubes are made when water gets so cold it freezes. Then the hot air melts the ice.
  2. Child:
  3. Color each ice cube with a marker.
  4. With the blow dryer, blow the ice cubes around the cookie sheet.




Tupperware River and Lakes

SUPPLIES:

  • Long tupperware
  • Dirt and water
  • Spoon


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Place dirt in bottom of tupperware.
  2. Child:
  3. Using spoon, dig river and lakes.
  4. Slowly pour water in and watch it flow.

Water Container Experiments

SUPPLIES:

  • Cups and bowls
  • Water
  • Variety of items


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Experiment pouring water between the different containers.
  2. Add different items to the water and see what happens.




Wet or Dry

SUPPLIES:

  • Variety of metal, plastic, cold and wet items


INSTRUCTIONS: Child:

  • Close eyes and feel an item.
  • Guess if it is wet or dry.

  • Contributed by: Erin R., Florida

    Eye and Ear Guessing Game

    SUPPLIES:

    • Variety of items
    • Paper bag


    INSTRUCTIONS:

      Explain:
    1. We use our eyes to see and our ears to hear.
    2. Child:
    3. Pick something you see or act out an animal and have the other peson guess what it is.
    4. Pick something you hear or make an animal sound and have the other person guess what it is.




    Feeling Fingers

    SUPPLIES:

    • Variety of items
    • Paper bag


    INSTRUCTIONS:

      Help:
    1. Place an item in a paper bag.
    2. Child:
    3. Reach in bag and feel the item.
    4. Guess what it is.

    What's Under This

    SUPPLIES:

    • Variety of items
    • Blanket


    INSTRUCTIONS:

      Help:
    1. Place an item under a blanket.
    2. Child:
    3. Feel the item and try to guess what it is.




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