Pre-school science ideas

Science doesn’t start at high school with Bunsen burners and litmus paper. Babies, toddlers and pre-school are natural scientists, exploring and testing out their world. Creating a play-friendly environment and giving them time to investigate what catches their interest is the first step towards developing enquiring minds. Try these ideas for more child friendly science experiments.

Tip #1 Encourage experiments: ask kids to predict, observe & explore with this guide from ScienceMum

Tip #2 Use baking to test weights, emulsification, heat, liquids…Gingerbread is a good place to start

Tip #3 Try biology with an experiment to see what seeds need to grow

Tip #4 Combine physics and engineering with this pendulum activity from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning

Tip #5 Use simple props like ice cubes and experiment to find out what makes things melt faster

Tip #6 Create some art and explore the properties of sunlight with this idea from Paint Cut Paste

Tip #7 What happens when you combine bicarbonate of soda and vinegar? Jen at TheMadHouse knows!

Tip #8 Bring physics into play with Teacher Tom’s Full Body Physics trials

Tip #9 A really easy one to try a home is this sink or float test from No Time For Flash Cards

Tip #10 Mini beast bingo is great for budding entomologists

What science play do your children enjoy?

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    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Hi Activity Mom. Yes, good idea – L is just noticing what’s magnetic and thinks it’s cool!

  1. says

    Cathy the beauty of science is that it is all around us! Our children love science and we like to do something new in the way of a science experiment each week. Experiment involving air however are by far the most popular. Last week we made kites … really great flyers they were too and of course as you have already mentioned our pendulum activities were hugely popular with our children as well!
    Donna :) :)

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