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5 Science Experiments for your pre-schooler

Updated on October 21, 2011

Getting children interested in science early is easy to do, even if they are preschoolers. Here are a set of five science experiments that you can do with them. they will enjoy the wonder of science and get motivated to do more complicated science projects as they grow older.

1. Create a Rainbow

2. Make a Fire

3. Make Raisins Rise

4. Create a Volcano

5. Sprout some seeds

1. Create a Rainbow

You will need:-

A glass of water filled to the brim.

A small table or stool.

A sheet of white paper.

A sunny day!

Place the glass of water right at the edge of the small table so that sunlight can filter through the bottom of the glass onto the sheet of paper that you place on the ground near the table. You will have to shift the glass around a bit to get the right angle and then you will see a rainbow on the sheet below.

2. Make Fire

You will need :-

A magnifying glass.

A sheet of paper.

A sunny day.

What you need to do is place the magnifying glass at an angle and focus the beam of sunrays onto the white sheet of paper. After a while you will see it turning brown and eventually catching fire. You can make a neat little circle in the sheet of paper with the directed fire.

3. Popping Raisins

You will need :-

A dozen raisins.

A can / bottle of soda.

A clear glass with a lid or a cap that fits snugly.

Take a clean glass and dump the dozen raisins in it. Now open up the bottle or can of soda and pour it into the glass. Cover the glass with the cap or lid and observe the raisins begin to pop up along with the bubbles.

4. Homemade Volcano

You will need :-

Some dough to fashion out your volcano

Warm water

Red food color


2 tablespoons Baking Soda

6 drops Dish washing detergent

Empty Bottle

Make the bottle stand upright and use the dough to fashion out your volcano model. You can decorate it as you wish. Fill the bottle most of the way with warm water. Add a bit of the red food color to make the lava red. Add the dish washing detergent. Now add the baking soda and in the end add the vinegar slowly into the bottle. Stand back and watch the volcano erupt.

5. Sprouting Seedlings

You will need:-

10- 20 Green gram seeds

Some water

A bowl

Container with mud

The reason for using green gram seeds is that they are the fastest to sprout. You can use any whole seed or grain for the experiment.Even nuts like almonds can be sprouted overnight. Check the seeds to see that they are whole and do not have any insect holes. Now drop them in the bowl and cover them with water. Leave them over night. The next day filter away the water and leave the bowl covered with a lid for another night in a warm area. The following day you should be able to see the seeds sprout. Now plant them in some mud in a container and grow the seedlings.


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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      cashmere, YOU ARE WELCOME and I DO LOVE YOUR HUB. And I am glad to be your follower as well. I love having new friends all across creation. That is my desire. To have all the various friends I can before I leave this side of life. Have a peaceful day, cashmere. Peace!

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Glad you enjoyed the hub Kenneth. I'm sure the grandkids will enjoy the activities. My son loved them.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Thank YOU LOTS, cashmere for this exciting HUB. Great read. Voted up and away. My kindergartener will love these ideas...I have 3 grandchildren...Alexis, 10; John, 7, and Annabeth, 5...and all with Accelerated Learning Levels and Grasp. They did NOT get this from their grandpa. They all talk over my head. And Alex, the 10 year old, understands, at ease, the spiritual symbols of the Bible as it child's play. I hope you didnt mind me unloading. I enjoy your writing as you are a fantastic talent. I am now a follower if that is permissable with you. Kenneth Avery, from a rual towwn Hamilton, in northwest Alabama that reminds you of Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Hope your child enjoys it as much as mine did

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      zanin 6 years ago from London, England

      Thanks for that. Will try some soon.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Thanks Sinea, My kid loved the fire making and the rainbow. We didn't get the volcano right the first time but it worked the second time.

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      This is great! I am forwarding it to the preschool teachers that I work with. They will love it and so will the kids. Voted UP! Liked, tweeted too.