These PreK science experiments are an awesome way to get kids interested in science. Roll up your sleeves and have fun!
Doing Science Experiments with Pre-Kindergarten Students
Part of Pre-Kindergarten is being exposed to new things. Science experiments create a wonderful atmosphere for Pre-Kindergartners to think about and create predictions and opinions about something new.
Items that are familiar to Pre-Kindergartners but are used in a new way help your Pre-Kindergartner to work through various scenarios of what she thinks will happen. She will use her prior knowledge to help her predict what will happen. This is an important life skill that is being strengthened.
Introducing science in a fun way will help your Pre-Kindergartener to view science as enjoyable and as something that she wants to do. Learning should be fun!
Science experiments help to foster a Pre-Kindergartener’s curiosity and build up her self-esteem by giving her control over what is done and when it is done. Providing the environment for your child to take the lead will help her to build leadership skills and become more confident in what she is doing.
Kids learn through doing so having your Pre-Kindergartener do hands-on experiments is a great way to have your child learn. Through these experiments, multiple senses are being used.
Sensory play in an important part of helping your child’s brain to develop and to make new pathways. So not only is your child learning scientific concepts, she is also having sensory play!
Through experimenting Pre-Kindergarteners are able to investigate their favorite question — WHY?! Encouraging your kid investigate and to answer this question will help her reasoning skills.
Getting involved in the experimenting and verbalizing what you are ‘wondering’ will help your child to do the same. Something as simple as, “I wonder what will happen if I only pour in a drop of vinegar” is all it takes to spark some interest. Your child will love learning and making memories alongside you!
Expect to get messy! Some of the best work a Pre-Kindergartener can do is to discover and investigate. This isn’t a clean and neat process so be prepared that the area you are using may get wet and dirty.
Try throwing down some old newspapers, an old tablecloth, or an old sheet to help contain some of the mess. Or take the science experiments outside, if possible. This will create less clean up for you so you can take in a breath of fresh air!
What You’ll Need for Doing PreK Science Experiments at Home
Each experiment is unique so be sure to check out the link to see what is needed for the specific experiment that you are doing. Here is list of some of the most common items:
paintbrush or cotton swab
Fun PreK Science Experiments for Kids
Each one of these science experiments for preschoolers are an awesome way to get kids interested in science and learning at such a young age!
With experiments that teach about digestion, the water cycle, plants, magnetics, the cardiovascular system and so many more, there are a lot of things you can teach your kids now that they will remember as they get older. Plus they will always remember the fun and time they got to spend with you!
Have you ever tried homemade invisible ink? Use it to create this Magic Heart Activity for Kids. This easy science activity explores the cardiovascular system in a fun way that preschoolers will enjoy.
This classic oil and water experiment is sometimes referred to as “fireworks in a jar” because it looks like fireworks falling down from the oil. Kids will love learning about density and how oil and water do not mix in this fun and easy science experiment!
With about five minutes of prep, this baking soda and vinegar process art for preschoolers will definitely keep them busy! They’ll practice color names, fine motor skills and probably not even make a mess with this fun baking soda experiment for kids.
If you are looking for an activity to get kids excited about science and art, this activity is a great place to start. Kids love learning about volcanoes and this volcano experiment for kids allows them to create their own volcano before having it ‘explode”.
Turn reusing toilet paper rolls into a fun scientific learning experience for kids with this easy toilet paper roll seedling pot tutorial. And for fun learn how to paint garden stone markers to know what you planted where in your garden.
There are certain science projects that make you go wow! This color changing flower activity is one of those! Children learn about capillary action for kids with this amazing, colorful flower experiment.
Kids will love making and playing with these paper plate magnetic mazes. This preschool magnet activity is such a creative STEM activity that combines problem solving, art, and science for an epic activity kids will love!