Preschool Science Activities for Fun and Learning
Kids will love these activities that allow them to explore, experiment, and discover hands-on. Teachers and parents will love providing awesome activities with low-cost and little fuss.
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Science activities are easy to provide when the setups are simple and the materials are readily available. My goal is to create projects that use everyday recycled and household items along with basic craft supplies.
This post lists all the science activities published on the Preschool Toolkit blog. You'll love the excitement of choosing one or two activities to do right away, and the convenience of filling your weekly or monthly program planner.
STEM and STEAM explained
Science for early learners is often referred to as STEM or STEAM. Since these terms are used in many of the science posts in this list of activities, I'll offer a brief explanation.
You may be familiar with STEM: science + technology + engineering + math.
What is STEAM? This means an Art component is added to, or recognized as part of, the science.
These principles are evident in daily activities: kids use technology when they cut with scissors; kids are engineers when they design and build a fort with chairs and blankets; kids use math when they count scoops of rice in the sensory bin; kids are are artists when they sort pompoms.
STEM and STEAM are explained in a post from STEAM Powered Family. You'll learn more about understanding and applying science principles when engaging with early learners.
Science activities for preschoolers
The projects in this list include racing toy cars down inclined planes, creating fizzy experiments with vinegar and soda, pouring glue over colorful beads, and launching a pompom on a craft stick catapult.
Recent activities are added to the top of the list as they are published.
Have fun exploring science with your early learner!
Explore clocks with easy lessons for Telling Time with Clock Activities.
Science and art combine with and activity for Mixing Paint Colors.
Kids will love Exploring Seeds in Foods with this hands-on activity.
Make observations about how a marble moves in a Marble Roll Sensory Bin.
A Cardboard Color Viewer allows kids to view their surroundings in a new light.
Plan and build with a Bird Nest STEAM Activity
This roundup of Nature Crafts with Twigs is perfect for outdoor or indoor play.
Have some sizzling scientific fun with a Mini Fizzy Volcano.
Building structures in a Winter Castle STEAM Activity promotes engineering and technology for early learners.
This Ice and Salt STEAM Activity challenges kids to ice cube races.
Autumn math activities are easy to provide with a Pumpkin Harvest Math in a Sensory Bin.
Recycle a few corks to build a Marble Maze with Corks.
A math activity with an Outdoor Tree Puzzle is a fun way to combine science with outdoor play.
Use basic craft materials in a Glue and Beads STEAM activity.
Cut shapes from scraps of felt for some Graphing on the Felt Board.
A seasonal science activity can be as simple as this Pompom Sorting with Christmas Theme.
Build a Craft Stick Bridge for Toy Cars that explores weight, height and more!
Measure distance travelled of pompoms you launch with a Craft Stick Catapult.
Here are a few of our Favorite Science Activities on the blog. These are tried and true, and sure to please kids of all ages.
Add a ramp or a tunnel to this Bowling Game with Building Blocks for more science fun and learning.
Explore fractions with Watermelon Math for science that's easy and tastes good too.
Measure the snowfall with a snowman craft that doubles as a Snowman Snow Gauge.
Observe and paint dinos with this Dinosaur Shadows Science and Art activity.
When the wind blows in this Wind Experiment with a Fan kids can observe the strength of the wind.
Experiment with Weights and Measures with a Coffee Filter using everyday materials.
When you start Mixing Earth Materials you'll make discoveries about the ways materials interact.
Make a Marble Maze with Modeling Clay to support engineering and fine motor skills, and hand/eye coordination.
Make predictions and observe results with a Marble Run on an Inclined Plane.
Create designs in this Patterning with Disposable Cups activity for practicing early math skills.
Build high, build wide when you're Stacking with Household Objects.
Racing Toy Cars on an Inclined Plane is a great activity for using math and engineering while having fun!
STEAM resource (aff.)