7 Favorite Science Activities for Preschoolers

These simple science activities are easy to set up and offer hands-on opportunities for kids to explore the world around them. 

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Kids of every age love to experiment and explore. Toddlers and preschoolers are especially intrigued by new objects and events they come in contact with every day.

They have a natural tendency to engage full on with their surroundings as they gain more independence and broaden their interests and skill levels. 

Kids are scientists and explorers

There are many ways kids naturally explore the world around them everyday - peering at bugs through  magnifiers; lying on their backs to watch cloud shapes float across the sky; splashing in mud puddles on a rainy day!

When kids have opportunities to experiment and participate in their own ways they will ask questions and make observations that help them learn and grow.

Activities to support science for kids

Here are our top 7 science activities that promote creativity and hands-on discovery. They use everyday materials, with setups that are part of the fun and learning.


1. Mix Earth Materials in a Jar

Collect sand, soil and rocks to see how they mix in water.


Mixing earth materials science activity for kids


2. Measure the Strength of the Wind

Observe the amount of movement of objects when placed in front of a fan.


wind experiment for preschoolers


3. Experiment with Marbles on an Inclined Plane

Roll marbles down an inclined plane and into small cups.


Cardboard inclined plane with marbles and recycled cups



4. Explore an Inclined plane with Toy Cars

Experiment with the slope of a plane, create tunnels and barriers, and measure the distance a toy car travels.


Inclined plane preschool hands on science activity


5. Engage Kids with Leaf Science

Observe the change in appearance of leaves over a few days.


Leaf science for preschool autumn activity



6. Conduct a Mini Fizzy Experiment

Mini containers provide lots of fizzy with baking soda and vinegar.

Mini volcano STEAM activity for kids


 7. Observe Seeds in Different Foods

Sort seeds by color, size, texture, and quantity.


Explore seeds in foods to sort by color size and quantity


As toddlers and preschoolers gain more independence, they want to know how the world around them works.

Support kids natural curiosity with opportunities to explore and discover.

This roundup of activities is just a small example of how science can be included in your child's daily play.


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