Saturday, September 3, 2016

20+ Captivating Preschool Science Activities

Preschool Science Activities

Tiny fingers grasp a piece of cereal, deliberately holdpmg it over the floor below. The fingers part. The cereal falls. The scientist resets for another trial. You have probably seen your toddler perform this experiment. Preschoolers love doing science! I am excited share some of my preschoolers' favorite science activities.

But first, can I remind you of something?

What makes a science activity captivating to your preschooler

Often, when adults are planning science activities for small children, we fall back on our high school memories. It is wonderful that you enjoyed your high school science class so much that you want to recreate that experience for your child. However, teaching the "scientific method" to preschoolers is not appropriate.

Think about literature. I personally think everyone should be required to read Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. It's an incredibly important book. I don't read it with my two-year-old though. You know what I do read to her? PD Eastman's Go Dog Go. Every day. (Dog. Big dog. Little dog.)

Just like high school students read Les Miserables and preschoolers listen to Go Dog Go, high school students do sophisticated inquiry, while preschoolers are drawn to practical and imaginative projects. You're not sure what a preschool science activity would be? You are in the right place!

The only two science skills preschoolers need

You know what preschoolers need to do? Observe and ask questions.  If your young children are like mine, they are already so absorbed in observation that we may never make it to supper. The questions are innumerable. Do not worry about fancy skills. Give them the materials and watch. There's no telling what you may learn.

Preschool Science Activities

I've sorted my preschool science ideas by location: out door and indoor.  Super Simple activities are science projects you can do right now with materials you already have on hand.

Out Door Preschool Science 

Child planting flowers

Indoor Science Activities

Messy fingers from experimenting with card making

Make an ocean floor pretend habitat

Melt snow *super simple

Figure out what makes ice melt fastest

Learn about pitch with Bubble wrap 

Study collisions with stuffed animal bumper cars

Make elevators for your stuffed animals

Do an inquiry project on fluids in the bath tub *super simple

Spin spoons *Super simple

Protect migrating birds from flying into your window

Make cards

Make cardboard people

Make animal finger puppets

If your children are coming up with questions of their own, you might find my I Spy Science series helpful. In it, I give explanations for scientific phenomena  found in our every day lives.

One last suggestion, sensory play is form of preschool science. Little Bins for Little hands, has a great selection of sensory play ideas.

I hope you have found an activity that interests you as well as your little scientist, because she may want to do it again.

A large variety of science activities for preschoolers. You are sure to find something your child loves on this list!

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