Science for Preschoolers
It's never too early for science
Kids minds are like little sponges. There are so many things that we can do with preschoolers to help develop their scientific thinking skills. Let's get them thinking scientifically at an early age because there is so much to explore.
Preschoolers love to learn about animals and we can expand their knowledge while also expanding their vocabulary. Children can learn more about themselves when exploring the animals in this world.
Reasons to Include Science Throughout Your Day - Use science activities to encourage growth
- Your child will learn how to ask appropriate questions.
- They will develop logical thinking skills.
- They will com to understand how the world around them works.
- Respect for life and nature will be gained.
- It's fun and when kids are having fun they are focused, curious, involved and learning. - Thanks for the contribution Evelyn!
5 Fun Science Experiments for Kids
Fall Pumpkin Science
Pumpkins are a big part of the fall season. Don't just throw away those carved pumpkins! Turn them into a science lesson. Check out this Decomposing Pumpkin lesson and extend the usefulness of that Jack O' Lantern.
Here are two great books to share with your children during your pumpkin lesson
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson contains a good series of photographs chronicling the decomposition of a pumpkin.
Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell tells the story of a boy who watches his jack-o'-lantern rot away after Halloween and leave behind seeds that sprout the next spring and grow into new pumpkins, one of which the boy carves into a new jack-o'-lantern.
The Butterfly Pavilion
There is no better way to teach preschoolers about butterflies and their metamorphosis than showing them how it happens.
It is a great deal and comes with a certificate that you send in for 10 Painted Lady butterfly larvae.
Rainforest Feltboard Set
Enhance learning by letting your children touch the colorful felt pieces and play with the animals.
Come on over and check out everything that is included with this set. There is so much included that you will surely get many, many years of use from of it.
Playdough Recipes at Amazon
Have Fun With Goop
One of my favorite activities to do with young children is making goop. The safest goop recipe for preschools is just cornstarch and water.
All you have to do is put some cornstarch in a bowl and add water until it feels slimy, not powdery.
Before you mix the two ingredients have the children touch them. Then you can ask some questions.
1. What does the cornstarch feel like?
2. What do you think will happen when we mix these together?
As you are pouring the water into the bowl be sure to comment about how easily the water pours.
After you have mixed the ingredients you can ask:
1. What does the goop feel like?
2. How is it different from the cornstarch?
3. How is it different from the water?
Most kids absolutely love playing with goop. Allow them to explore and listen to the words that are used. Repeat the comments that you feel are most insightful.
Corn Starch and Water Goop Video
If you have not made cornstarch and water goop before this video shows you what you can expect from your mixture. I still find it amazing that just these two basic ingrediens have this outcome when combined.
An Animal Alphabet Coloring E-Book
Preschoolers love to learn about different animals. Pick up this coloring e-book that goes from anteater to zorilla. Teach them about different animals as they are learning their letters. You will also receive weekly fun and educational activities to do with your child.
You can teach preschoolers about primary and secondary colors without the mess of mixing paints together!
This is a low mess activity that you can do with your preschooler.
Have the children color on a coffee filter (crayola works great), then drop water on the colored spots, and let it dry.
Discuss how the colors blended, mixed, etc. Great fun activity!
Learn About Color - Books about color at Amazon
The Life Cycle of a Butterfly
My son's favorite science activity from preschool was, hands down, watching the life cycle of a butterfly. They were able to watch every stage of the process. He even learned how to distinguish a male Monarch butterfly from a female.
Get a butterfly llarvae kit and watch as lowly caterpillars form chrysalises then become lovely butterflies. There are many books about butterflies that are perfect for preschoolers. Our favorite is Caterpillars and Butterflies by Emma Fischel.
Science Kits Made in the USA
Here are some science kits made just for preschoolers. Scientific Explorer makes a wide variety of science kits from chemistry to gum making to crystal growing to rocket launching. A great way to have some scientific fun with your preschooler!
You can find Scientific Explored on Amazon (see link above). Here are only a few of their kits:
- Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit
- Spa Science Kit
- Disgusting Science Kit
- Bubble Gum Factory Kit
- Magnificent Manicure Kit
- Perfumery Science Kit
- Disgusting Special Effects Makeup Kit
- My First Fizzy Foamy Science Kit
- My First Dino Kit
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