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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