Science Activities for Kids

We’ve done dozens, perhaps hundreds of kids’ science activities here in my daycare over the years.

I love incorporating science into our preschool activities because it’s so easy to do. Science is all around us, in almost everything – art, water, ice, concoctions, gravity etc.  This makes it really easy to take a simple craft or activity, and put a scientific spin on it for the toddlers and preschoolers that I care for.

It’s easy to teach children basic scientific concepts with common, household supplies, and you can do it in a way that’s it’s fun – SO fun, the kids won’t even realize you’re teaching a lesson.

Science Activities for Kids

Below, you’ll find my favourite science-based activities for kids.  They’re all easy and inexpensive ways to keep your kids entertained and learning while they play.

Science Activities for Kids

classic science activities for kids

Classic Science Activities for Kids:

Expanding Ivory Soap Experiment

10-Minute Homemade Butter in a Jar

Magic Milk Colour Explosion

Homemade Giant Bubble Recipe

Making Crystals with Borax and Pipe Cleaners

Turning Grapes into Raisins


kids science activities with ice

Ice-Science Experiments:

Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands

Building Colourful Backyard Ice Sculptures

Dino Dig Excavation

Melting Ice with Salt and Water

Ice Age Bin

Frozen Fractals Soup

Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures

Melting Heart with Salt and Watercolours

Melting Halloween Hands


water science experiments for kids

Water-Science Activities and Experiments:

3-Ingredient Ocean in a Bottle

Water Displacement Experiment

Colour Laboratory

Water Works Activity

Garden Soup

Fairy Soup


colour and water absorption experiments for kids

Absorption Experiments:

Salt Glue and Water Colour Experiment

Paper Towel Dip

Paper Towel Art with Markers & Water

Paper Towel Drip Art with Liquid Watercolours

Cotton Pad Art

Colouring the Snow with Watercolours


art-science activities for preschool

Art-Science Activities:

Homemade Watercolour Paint Pucks

Homemade Liquid Watercolour Paints

Coloured Ice Pop Painting

Wax Resist Thank You Cards

3-Ingredient Puffy Paint

Tie Dye Technique with Sharpies and Rubbing Alcohol – Book Marks

Melted Crayon Art

Polly Pocket Ice Painting Activity


gravity experiments for preschoolers

Gravity Activities:

Corn Run with Funnels and Hoses

DIY Water Wall & Sand Wall


sensory science activities for kids

Sensory-Science Activities:

2-Ingredient Goop Recipe (or Ooblek)

2-Ingredient Cloud Dough

3-Ingredient Ghost Mud

Fairy Mud

“Frozen” Clean Mud


building science activities for preschoolers

Building & Structure Activities:

Styrofoam Structures

Spreading and Stacking with Blocks and Shaving Cream

Toilet Roll Structures

Mosaic Structures

Check back often! I’ll be adding more science activities and experiments to this page.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for more easy and awesome science-based activities to do with kids, check out my SCIENCE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Board on Pinterest!

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