7 Favorite Science Activities for Preschoolers

These simple science activities are easy to set up with everyday materials. Provide hands-on opportunities for kids to explore and discover the world around them with these fun activities. 

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Kids are budding scientists.  They have a natural tendency to explore their surroundings full on. 

You might spot them 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 they have opportunities to experiment, and participate in their own ways, they will ask questions and make observations that help them learn and grow.

That's why it's important to support early learning with hands-on activities that promote exploration and discovery.

I'm sharing a few of my favorite ideas, to make it easy to provide learning through play with science.

The activities promote hands-on discovery and creative thinking, using everyday materials, and with setups that are part of the fun and learning.

Fun science for kids


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



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 science


5. Engage Kids with Leaf Science

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


Leaf science



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


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

Kids interactions will change as they gain more independence and broaden their interests and skill levels. As toddlers and preschoolers grow and interact with their surroundings, they want to know how the world around them works. 

Support kids natural curiosity with opportunities to explore and discover.



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