Fun Science Activities for Preschoolers

Kids of every age love to experiment and explore. Preschoolers especially love to observe their surroundings as they gain more independence and broaden their interests and skill levels. 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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There are many ways kids naturally explore the world around them everyday - peering at bugs through  magnifiers; lying on their backs to watch clouds 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.

Here are some of our favorite science activities that offer creativity and hands-on discovery.


1. Mixing Earth Materials in a Jar


Mixing earth materials - Preschool Toolkit


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


2. Dinosaur shadows

Observe how shadows are made with natural light and with a light source. Transfer the shadows to card stock for pretend play puppets.


3. Inclined plane

Fun with an inclined plane - Preschool Toolkit


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


4. Counting and weighing activity for preschool

How much weight can a coffee filter hold? Explore the possibilities in this fun activity.


5. Leaf science for kids

Explore the properties of leaves in this autumn activity that is fun for kids to set up and observe changes.


6. Measure the strength of the wind

Wind science for kids - Preschool Toolkit

How much force is there in the wind? Find out with this fun and easy experiment!


7. Marble run

 Kids can have fun making a marble run with an inclined plane, and rolling marbles into small disposable cups.


Don't miss out on the exciting science activities on our STEM to STEAM Pinterest board.

This roundup of activities is just a small example of how science can be included in your child's daily play. As they gain more independence, preschoolers want to know how the world around them works.

Explore everyday materials in different ways to encourage kids to wonder, experiment, and observe.



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