20 Terrific science activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Great for home, daycare, the classroom or even for kids’ parties! Simple enough for toddlers and preschoolers, but fascinating enough for kids of all ages!
I’ve been sharing a lot of simple science experiments for kids on my facebook page lately, and the response from you guys has been terrific!
Wow! Your children really love science, don’t they?
Well guess what! I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of my favourite science-based activities for toddlers and preschoolers and put them right here, all in one place for you!
Pin this post, or bookmark it, and you’ll have it handy any time you need a fun and easy science-based activity to do with your kids!
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20 Science Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Set up a colour laboratory with water, bubbles and an assortment of containers and fine motor instruments. It’s a great way for kids to explore liquids, colour and colour mixing.
Watch a bar of Ivory soap expand to 6 times its size in a minute and a half!
A few rocks, a jar and a small toy animal are fun for teaching kids about water displacement.
Kids can practice spelling their name or simply create stunning pictures with this salt, glue and watercolour experiment.
Watch and learn how salt helps to melt ice in the following FANTASTIC activities! (Bonus: They’ll all keep your kids busy for a good, long time too)
Kids AND adults will absolutely love blowing these GIANT homemade bubbles! They really are the best bubbles EVER!
Watch a the slow process of a grape turning into a raisin. You’ll require a little patience, but it really is cool!
Puffy Painting: Kids can watch their paintings go from flat to fluffy in a matter of seconds in the microwave.
Observe how oil and water behave together with an Ocean in a Bottle. Your finished bottle will have a wonderfully mesmerizing and calming effect too. Never a bad thing!
Through this beautiful, artistic process, kids can see how crayon wax and water resist each other.
Watch baking soda and vinegar react while you mix up a batch of homemade water colour disks.
Kids of all ages will get a kick out of making their own butter with nothing more than jar full of cream.
Learn about water absorption and colour blending with these simple experiments:
- Coloured Drip Painting
- Paper Towel Dip
- Paper Towel Art (shown above)
- Coffee Filter Art
- Cotton Pad Art
And lastly, there’s this classic science experiment. Dyeing flowers with water and food colouring. I haven’t a post to go along with this photo of mine, so I’ll send you over to Twig and Toadstool to see how they recently coloured a bouquet of rainbow daisies.
Edited to add: We’ve just added 3 more fun science activities to the blog! Check out these 3 Chemical Reaction Experiments for preschoolers. They’re fun and easy, and can be done with things you likely have around the house.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.