5 Easy ways to add science to your preschooler’s day

My family spends much of our day outside, mostly to keep our two boys from climbing off the walls. On those days when the weather is too gross to be outdoors, I often turn to engaging experiments and projects to pass the time.

You don’t need much to spark the little scientist in your kid: just some objects you have around the house and some curiosity does the trick.

Here are five simple ways to get started:

1. Will it float?

What you will need:

1. Bowl or container filled with water

2. Small toys, cups, rocks and any other objects you find around the house

How to:

Have your preschooler pick an object, a toy car, for example, and ask her if she thinks the object will sink or float. Then, have her drop it in the water.

Does it float? Does it sink? Why does this happen?

Bonus activity:

Build a raft to help an object stay afloat.

2. Fun with magnets

What you will need:

1. Magnets

2. Metal objects such as keys, coins and nails.

How to:

Divide up the objects and ask your child what he thinks will happen when a magnet is nearby.

Why do certain metal objects stick and others do not?

3. Baking soda reactions


What you will need:

1. Several small containers (one for each liquid tested.

2. A variety of liquid, such as vinegar, juice, milk and water

3. Baking soda

How to:

Place a small amount of baking soda in each container. One by one, select a liquid to pour into each container.

Make predictions about what might happen. Did your child guess right? Why do some liquids react differently.

4. Make your own slime

What you will need:

1. Glue  (We used glitter glue)

2. Corn starch

3. Bowl

4. Spoon or popsicle stick for mixing.

How to:

Poor as much glue as you like into your bowl.

Slowly add cornstarch until it reaches desired consistency.

5. Cooking

What you will need:

Ingredients and recipe for anything you want to make! I find scrambled eggs to be one of the easiest for my four-year-old to make. Your kids might also love rolling out cookie dough, or blending up vegetables for a soup.

How to:

You best know what cooking utensils you feel are safest for your child. I allow mine to use a knife with supervision and to mix things on our stove top.

Our world is full of things for our kids to discover. How do you add science to your day?

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