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10+ Amazing Science Activities for Preschoolers

This post includes 10 awesome science experiments for preschoolers. I’ve done many science activities with my boys. Science engages kids and ignites their desire to want to learn more. These science activities allow for a lot of room to grow and learn. 

Science Experiments for Kids - Montessori

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What is Science in a Montessori Setting?

Science permeates many areas of a Montessori classroom. Dr. Montessori viewed all children as little scientists, the world’s best and most curious explorers. Science, art, & math are often interwoven in a Montessori classroom. In other words, science is about the process, creating, and perspective.

What is a scientist?… We give the name scientist to the type of man who has felt experiment to be a means guiding him to search out the deep truth of life, to lift a veil from its fascinating secrets, and who, in this pursuit, has felt arising within him a love for the mysteries of nature, so passionate as to annihilate the thought of himself. ~ Dr. Maria Montessori

Science is not simply about doing an activity, it is about experimenting. Furthermore, doing a science project involves failing, iterating, observing, and making hypotheses. Science is not is about definitive conclusions. 

Montessori Science Experiments

Science Experiments for Kids - Arctic Animals

Animal Science Experiment 

This easy science experiment is easy and involves sensory that children absolutely love. Weave this activity into a unit on a variety of life sciences and geography units.

Science Experiments for Kids - How to Make a Pulley

How to Make a Moveable Pulley

My sons love this simple science activity with simple machines.

Science Experiments for Kids - How to Make a Balloon Rocket

How to Build a Balloon Rocket

My sons continue to ask about this activity. So simple and fun science experiment. Watch your kids come up with all sorts of ideas to add to this experiment (like a Lego mini figure zip lining in our case) and to test hypotheses.

More Science for Kids

Science Experiments for Kids - How to Make a Straw Rocket

Easy Rocket Project for Kids

This activity came from an amazing book called Tinkerlab (highly recommend). Easy to set up and kids won’t want to put it down!

Science Experiments for Kids - Surface Tension

Surface Tension Experiment for Kids

This activity is fun as the kids learn about surface tension while racing their boats.

Science Experiments for Kids - Science of Motion

Easy Motion Activity

My sons are interested in stop-motion video. So, I figured a good place to start would be with a simple demonstration of basic movie making.

Science Experiments for Kids - How to Build a Magnetic Car

Build a Magnetic Car

There are many variations to this activity. Kids will come up with their own versions and designs, which is what makes this activity that much more fun! Challenge kids to design and have a race!

Science Experiments for Kids - How to Make a Bow and Arrow

How to Make a Bow and Arrow

I found this tutorial online. My boys LOVED this activity. Heck, I did, too. Honestly, I did a lot of the building, but it was easy and my sons had a blast with their bows and arrows.

Science Experiments for Kids - Friction

Easy Friction Experiment

Maybe the coolest and most fascinating experiment we’ve done. Can you pick up this bottle without your hands but instead with a chopstick? Intrigued?

Science Experiments for Kids - Electricity

Learn about Electricity

Snap Circuits are a great way for children to learn about electricity but what if you could break it down even more than that? This experiment was intriguing to children for obvious reasons. Once we built our “circuit”, we tested various items and materials for conductivity and insulation.

Baking Soda Vinegar Science Experiment with Balloons - Earth Day Science

Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment with Balloons & Earth Day Science

Baking soda & vinegar experiments never seem to get old. Plus the variations on what you can do with these two substances seem endless. For loads of these ideas, check out this The Ultimate List of Baking Soda & Vinegar Experiments.

Science Experiments for Kids - Science of Sound

Exploring the Science of Sound

physical science experiment with milk

Magic Milk Experiment

 

Science Experiments for Kids - 10 Awesome Science Activities for Preschoolers

Comprehensive Supply List for these Science Projects

    • Dish Soap
    • Dry Ice
    • Rubber Bands
    • Plastic Bottle
    • Yarn
    • Plastic Container
    • Magnets
    • Battery
    • Tin Foil
    • Small Lightbulb from a Flashlight
    • Objects to Test Conductivity
    • Paperclips
    • Rice
    • Funnel
    • Construction Paper
    • Pepper
    • Milk
    • Food Coloring
    • Glass Dish
    • Small box
    • Magnet Wand
    • Lego Wheels 
    • Popsicle Sticks 
    • Straws 
    • Balloons
    • Markers
    • String
    • Scissors
    • Duct Tape
    • Sponge
    • Medium to Large Sized Bowl
    • PVC Pipe
    • Toilet Roll Tube
    • Plastic Wrap
    • Vinegar
    • Baking Soda
    • Chopstick
    • Glue Gun
    • Electrical Tape
    • Trays
    • Tape
    • Quart Sized Plastic Bag
    • Shortening
    • Ice Cubes
    • Spoon

Hope you enjoyed these ideas! Have fun!
Marnie

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