There are so many to try. Some more difficult than others. Some are way beyond my kids. So I put together this list of science experiments for preschoolers. Directed towards preschoolers specifically.
While preschoolers may not really understand the science behind them. They can begin to.
And that begins by thinking its super cool. Super fun. And wanting to do it again and again. Trying and testing and observing what happens.
One thing I love about science experiments is the opportunity for failure. If you’ve ever done them, you’ll know that they don’t always work 100% of the time. Especially not the first time in some cases. This shows there’s reasoning to do it a certain way and can be a learning opportunity for the kids. Use that!
Anyhow, the ones I find the coolest are listed below. With lots of just plain cool science experiments for preschoolers, but also a section of ones using baking soda (because these are always, always, always a hit) and plus a lot of water experiments that preschoolers always find fun!
The coolest science experiments for preschoolers:
- Color Changing Milk Experiment to Magically Mix Colors
- Make a Lava Lamp Science Experiment
- Large Tube Gravity Experiment
- The Magic Pepper Experiment
- Experiment with air pressure found on Kids Activities Blog
- Make rockets using Alka Selzer! From Playful Learning
- Experiment with changing the colors of roses, multiple colors! From Homegrown Friends
- The oh-so-cool elephant toothpaste. Check it out at Come Together Kids
- Explore static electricity, Halloween style! From Inspiration Laboratories
- Blow up a balloon! With candy! From Learn Play Imagine
- Preschoolers can experiment with sounds from The Pleasantest Thing.
- Housing a Forest puts eggs to the test! Can you walk on raw eggs?
- Preschoolers will love cleaning up pennies with this simple chemistry experiment from Frugal Fun for Boys.
Lots of baking soda experiments for preschoolers:
- Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment with Color Fun
- Homemade Fizzy Sidewalk Paint Recipe
- Experimenting with Baking Soda & Vinegar
- Explore color theory with these fizzy, and soapy, eruptions from Learn Play Imagine
- Write love notes to the kids on balloons, then magically blow them up! From Happily Ever Mom
- Add in the element of ice for fizzy fun! From Toddler Approved
- Add the squirt gun! From No Time for Flash Cards
- Discover if anything other than vinegar reacts with baking soda. From Inspiration Laboratories
- Make baking soda ice cubes to play with. From Science Sparks
Many water experiments for preschoolers:
- What dissolves in water?
- Find out what absorbs water!
- Does it float or sink?
- How much water does something hold?
- Water that walks!
- Investigate ice and what sand and salt to when its put on roads.
- Experiment and learn about ice, water, and vapor
- Measure the different forms of water from JDaniel4’s Mom
- Poke a hole in a bag full of water with a pencil.
- Simple water displacement experiment. From Life with Moore Babies
- Make a fun water bottle fountain! From Learn with Play at Home