These preschool science activities are sure to be a big hit with little learners and perfect for encouraging budding scientists. Preschoolers are curious and inquisitive little learners which means they are always game for a great science experiment!
Science is a magical thing. It is best enjoyed when it is child-led and hands-on, which is pretty essential when working with preschoolers! Preschoolers love to be involved, even in the simplest ways. Incorporating science activities from a young age helps children learn that failure is part of the process and it’s perfectly ok. When you do get it right, especially after many tries, it is all the more incredible! We sure hope these preschool science activities help your preschoolers learn to love science and all the magic that lies within.
Preschool Science Activities
Simple Science Preschool Activities
These simple science activities include common household items and easy preparation so that you can get to experimenting that much faster!
Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcano Eruption by Preschool Inspirations – This super simple but oh so amazing science experiment for kids is easy to prep and has a real wow factor for your preschoolers!
Vinegar and Baking Soda Science by Preschool Inspirations – Do you know there are SO many ways you can use baking soda and vinegar for really engaging science experiments? Everything from exploding bags to rockets and even blowing up balloons! It can get messy but it’s a kid favorite.
Ice Cube Melt Science Experiment by Preschool Inspirations – This child-led science experiment is perfect for an easy prep activity that is full of wonder and scientific predictions. Will each ice cube melt at the same rate? Only one way to find out!
Magic Pepper and Soap Science by Fun Learning For Kids – Using only ingredients found in your kitchen, this magical science activity will have your preschooler wanting to do it over and over again! This is also the perfect experiment for discussing the importance of clean hands and how soap works.
Oil and Water Science Experiment by Play to Learn Preschool – This simple sink or float experiment will raise all sorts of questions about the world we live in. What sinks? What floats? And most importantly…why do some things float and some things sink? Get those little brains questioning with this activity!
Dirty Pennies Science Experiment by Play to Learn Preschool – Preschoolers love to help! With this fun experiment, they get to help solve the problem of dirty pennies while secretly learning a little bit about chemistry. They will be mesmerized that they made these dirty old pennies look shiny and new again!
Floating Egg Science Experiment by Fantastic Fun and Learning – With a little salt and a couple of eggs, your preschoolers will love this lesson on density and buoyancy. It’s an easy and “egg-cellent” way to get your preschooler interested in science.
Colors & Rainbows Science Preschool Activities
Learning your colors has never been so fun! These colorful science activities will help your preschooler learn every shade of the rainbow…and then some!
Super Fun Rainbow Science by Preschool Inspirations – This mega list of rainbow science activities will make your little one a self-proclaimed rainbow expert! From rainbow discovery bottles to rainbow slime and everything in between, these activities are super science fun.
Fizzing Rainbow Activity by Teaching Mama – This fizzy science project ties in a lovely children’s book with an important message about love and acceptance. Read the book together and make your very own colorful fizzing rainbow!
Color Mixing Activity by Teaching Mama – Mixing colors is a blast… especially when you get to use shaving cream and colored water! This activity is so mesmerizing and simply magical to preschoolers. Who knew science could be this fun?
Rainbow Walking Water by Fun Learning For Kids – The colors of the rainbow defy gravity in this exciting experiment! Using simple materials, this magical activity is perfect for learning colors and how mixing two colors results in a new hue.
Freezable Color Goop by BabbleDabbleDo – This strange and slimy goop turned frozen is the coolest STEM experience ever! You can do anything with it (art, mix colors, mix with water, watch it melt, etc…) and the texture is unlike anything you have felt before. This activity is a big hit with kids of all ages!
Jello and Vinegar Science Experiment by Fun-A-Day – Easy and colorful, this science experiment is perfect for learning the colors of the rainbow or mixing colors! Plus, it’s far less messy than traditional food coloring so it’s a win-win!
Seasonal Science Preschool Activities
These seasonal science activities are perfect for celebrating the unique characteristics of each season, with a science lens!
Preschool Science Activities for Fall
Fall Science Activities by Preschool Inspirations – This super list of fall science fun is full of pumpkins, apples, and leaf wonder! Explore acorns and pumpkin volcanos and get hands-on with preschool fall favorites.
Magic Pumpkin Science by Playdough to Plato – With just a few pieces of candy and some warm water, your preschoolers will be mesmerized as they watch the colored candies melt into the shape of a pumpkin!
The Texture of Fall by Teach Preschool – Leaf rubbing is so cool and highlights the beauty and characteristics of leaves. Using aluminum foil and your hands, children will love rubbing the leaves to show the veins and shape of their fall leaf.
Dancing Frankenworms by Playdough to Plato – This clever experiment is fun for the eyes…and the tummy! Watch these ordinary gummy worms dance mysteriously using just a few household ingredients.
Fall Flower Water Science by Teach Preschool – Using just water and flowers, explore the beauty of fall colors and the magic of exploration! Quick and simple to set up, it’s perfect hands-on science fun.
Preschool Science Activities for Winter
Colored Candy Canes Science Experiment by Preschool Inspirations – The perfect science activity for using up those holiday candy canes and the best part is, there is zero prep!
Candy Heart Fizzing Science Experiment by Preschool Inspirations – Candy experiments are always a big hit with preschoolers and this one is no different. Use some colorful conversation hearts and watch those colors fizz right into the bubble magic!
Blizzard Lava Lamp by Fun Learning For Kids – Bring a snowy blizzard indoors with this amazing experiment! Your preschoolers will be absolutely mesmerized by this activity because it really does look just like snow trapped in a bottle. Enjoy this science fun on a cold winter day!
Growing a Crystal Tree by Playdough to Plato – A truly unique science experiment that will have the kids talking about it for a long time. Growing crystals on a cardboard tree requires one special ingredient but it is truly worth the effort. The results speak for themselves!
Snowman in a Bag by Teach Preschool – If you live in an area where it snows, this science activity is so fun! Your preschoolers will explore the science behind how snow melts and get to experience their snowman from ice to water!
Preschool Science Activities for Spring
Pine Cone Bird Feeders by Preschool Inspirations – After a long winter, this science activity is perfect for getting out and exploring nature. Your preschoolers will love welcoming the birds with a yummy treat!
Little Sprout House by Playdough to Plato – This little sprout house is perfect for budding gardeners and plant enthusiasts. Help your preschoolers visualize how plants grow from seeds and what that process looks like with this easy planting activity.
Whirly Twirly Flying Birds by Left Brain Craft Brain – Utilizing some engineering trial and error, your preschoolers will love making a bird that can take flight! They will be begging you to do it over and over again, so make sure you have plenty of balloons available.
Sink and Float Peeps by Playdough to Plato – These adorable marshmallow birds are a sign of spring but little did you know… they are perfect for science learning! Do peeps sink or do they float? Can they sink AND float? Find out with this 2 ingredient experiment!
Jelly Bean Science Experiment by Fantastic Fun and Learning – Perfect for springtime, this jellybean experiment will have your preschoolers making predictions and carefully observing their jellybeans in various liquids. What liquids will your preschooler test? How will the jellybeans react?
Explore the Science Behind Clouds by Teach Preschool – Make your own little rainclouds using cotton balls and a little food coloring. A perfect introduction to a weather or rain theme!
Preschool Science Activities for Summer
Patriotic Ice Activity by Teaching Mama – How does salt interact with frozen water? It makes it melt, of course! This science activity is great fun for preschoolers while teaching them how salt and ice interact with each other. Plus, it is the perfect cool-down summer experiment!
Frozen Ocean Animal Rescue by Fun Learning For Kids – What’s better than an ice-cold experiment on a hot summer day? This frozen activity is perfect for engaging little minds, challenging them to discover new methods, and squeal with pride when they learn the trick to rescuing the animals quickly.
Will it Melt? Candy Science by Playdough to Plato – You might opt to stay inside on a hot, steamy day but why not get outside for the perfect sunny science experiment! This fun activity relies on the heat of the sun and sweet treats you might already have lying around.
Ice Castles by Fun-A-Day – Using simple materials like an ice cube tray and droppers, create a towering ice structure…and then watch it melt! Adding some extra sparkly items to the ice cubes makes this science activity even more interesting!
Bubble Tower Science Experiment by Fantastic Fun and Learning – Time to get outside and get creative! Using simple materials like bubbles and a variety of different shaped containers, it’s time to see who can make the largest bubble tower.
We hope you and your preschoolers enjoy all these fun preschool science activities!