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Science for Preschoolers

Updated on September 14, 2014

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

  1. Your child will learn how to ask appropriate questions.
  2. They will develop logical thinking skills.
  3. They will com to understand how the world around them works.
  4. Respect for life and nature will be gained.
  5. 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.

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.

Color Science

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!

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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What Science Experiment Have You Tried With Your Preschooler? - Do you have any other ideas?

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      Lots and lots! I think one of their favorites is combining vinegar and baking soda. Thank you for sharing your great ideas!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      You are so right that this is the time to begin teaching science to children. And, they love it! Liked.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love that you are right in season with your lessons here with pumpkin science and so many funny science learning experiences to be absorbed by those little preschool sponges...congratulations on your purple star!

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      Where would science be without goop? SquidAngel Blessings.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These all look like lots of fun while learning!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Great ideas! My children will surely enjoy these activities

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: hey baby

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      this website can suck a hairy nut......... :)

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      You have shared some great ideas here. They are sure to show that science is fun!

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      planningmang 7 years ago

      Nice lens. Really good. Science is very fantastic and interesting.Your Rating 5*****.

      Thanks for sharing a useful lens.

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      Tigga 9 years ago

      I tried out the color science today - really cool idea. My seven year old grand daughter is into painting - abstracts mostly!!! and has fun mixng my expensive acrylics. This was cheaper.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Great science resource!

      Blessed, 5-starred, and favorited by a Squid Angel today! :)

      Colleen ~

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      totalhealth 9 years ago

      science is very interesting, it is fun while learning

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      science is very interesting it is fun while learning.

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      24speedracer 9 years ago

      Great lens! Can't wait to get started!

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      DrRichard LM 9 years ago

      Thanks for all the ideas here. I have 3 kids who I know would love to try out these experiments.

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      Chemistry is my favorite subject back in grade school. I love the wonderful world of science. :)

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      PintSizedVA 9 years ago

      This is really neat, I love the ideas you have on here!

      Crystal & Ariel

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      Hi Lisa, great lens. I'm putting in my featured lenses at Edible Science Experiments.

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      mmkellis 9 years ago

      Great lens, Lisa. 5 stars! Thanks for the Goop info. I had forgotten I wanted to do a few projects with it.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      The Purple Gallinules just flew over to check out your lens. We love to teach how to read color words while learning science.

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      JJ37 9 years ago

      What a great list of resources! My children and nephews will love these projects. 5 stars! Come visit my lenses, Nature and Earth-Friendly Books for All Ages and Create a Backyard Habitat - a Hobby for the Whole Family when you have the chance!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      You're right. It's never too early for science! Great lens. Parent's Guide To The Best Children's Science Toys

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      Annette34 10 years ago

      Lisa- Fabulous lens! Marked it 5stars. Thanks for the great resource!

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      Evelyn Saenz 10 years ago from Royalton

      Hey Lisa, Thankx for joining the group

      Reason 5. It's fun and when kids are having fun they are focused, curious, involved and learning. Please check out my other lens. I can hardly wait to see more of yours.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 10 years ago from Northern California

      I added your lens to the Doin' the Bone Dance lens. I've got the science kit to use with them now. I wish I'd known about these science resources when my girls were in preschool.