Looking for science experiments for preschoolers that are are sure to keep your child’s interest? We’ve found the best of the best – from A to Z!
Preschoolers have a natural fascination for the world. It’s a fabulous time to soak up science experiments! Here some of the best from the blogosphere.
A – Apple rotting experiment – What will happen to an apple when it’s left to sit in water, vinegar, or oil? Check out this rotting apple experiment from Gift of Curiosity.
B- Blow up a balloon with a bottle – We repeated this baking soda and vinegar experiment a number of times at my kids’ request. We followed this tutorial at Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails.
C- Cloud in a jar – You’ll need some boiling water, ice cubes, aerosol spray, and a mason jar with a lid to make a cloud in a jar with No Time for Flashcards.
D – Density experiment – Fill a clear bowl half-full of water. Then gather small items for this simple (but high interest!) density experiment from Inspiration Laboratories.
E – Easter egg sink or float – I love how this sink or float experiment from Little Bins for Little Hands involves a lot of testing and predicting. What a fun way to develop problem solving!
F – Dyed flowers – My kids loved the classic dyed flower experiment. Learn more at The Imagination Tree.
G – Grass in a cup – Teach your child about plants any time of year with this seed planting activity from Creative Connections for Kids.
H – Humpty Dumpty egg drop – This is the most brilliant twist on the classic egg drop experiment that I’ve seen! I Heart Crafty Things has a free printable for you as you find different ways to cushion an egg.
I – Ice Experiment – Teach your child how to lift ice with a string with this experiment from Mess for Less.
J – Jar Rainbow – Learn about density with this beautiful rainbow in a jar from Play dough to Plato.
K – Kitchen Counter Science – My five-year-old was busy for more than half an hour doing kitchen counter science with just a few basic ingredients. Check it out at No Time for Flashcards.
L – Light experiment – Help your preschooler see that seeds need light to grow with this experiment from Gift of Curiosity.
M – Magnetic objects – Which objects are magnetic and which aren’t? Grab our free recording sheet as your child has fun exploring with magnets.
N – Nature sink or float – Collect objects on a nature walk and do a sink or float activity.
O – Ocean in a bottle – Help your child see that oil and water don’t mix with this beautiful ocean in a bottle from Happy Hooligans.
P – Make a pulley – You just need a few basic materials to make your own pulley like they did at Kids Activities Blog.
Q – Quicksand science – Learn about the properties of quicksand by making your own! Check it out at Preschool Powol Packets.
R – Rain in a jar – This experiment is super easy to set up, but it fascinates preschoolers! Learn Play Imagine shows you how to make rain in a jar.
S – Smelling bottles – Explore the sense of smell with this collection of smelling bottle ideas from Gift of Curiosity.
T – Temperature experiment – You need just a thermometer and three glasses of water – one cold, one lukewarm, and one warm/hot. Talk about how thermometers rise and fall with temperatures. Have your child feel the outside of each cup and predict whether the thermometer will rise or fall when he puts it in the cup. Test your predictions!
U – Up, up, and away – Try this helium balloon experiment from Mess for Less. How many balloons will it take to make the bag go up?
V – Volcano – We had so much fun doing the classic volcano experiment in our backyard one year. Try this paint and erupt volcano from Fun at Home with Kids… it combines art and science for a super cool effect!
W – Walking water – Coffee Cups and Crayons has a striking walking water experiment that requires just a few materials you’ve already got at home!
X – Explore X-rays – You can make your own light box and print X-rays onto transparencies for observation. Learn more here.
Y – Yeast experiment – Help your preschooler understand how yeast makes bread rise with this yeast experiment from PBS Kids.
Z – FiZZy science – Just put a layer of baking soda in a rimmed baking sheet and give your child some food-colored vinegar in a spray or squirt bottle. Let the fizzing begin!