Teaching toddlers and preschoolers about how the world works can seem overwhelming if you’re not a teacher. Thankfully, there are tons of home activities you can do that will be fun, easy, and educational.
Five Favorite Preschool Home Science Experiments:
- Baking soda volcano
- Penguin feathers
- Elephant toothpaste
- Sink or swim
- Dinosaur footprints
Baking Soda Volcano
There’s a reason that the baking soda volcano is one of the classic home science experiments for kids. The limited ingredients and easy nature make this one of our favorite home activities for toddlers and preschoolers. The reaction that occurs when you mix baking soda and vinegar teaches your little ones about chemical reactions and earth science! Follow the instructions here from Weather Wiz Kids to make your very own erupting volcano!
Teach your toddlers and preschoolers how penguins stay warm in freezing temperatures with one of our favorite science experiments. Penguins have glands that produce an oily covering that keeps their feathers warm and dry. Demonstrate how penguin feathers work with this home activity. Have your preschoolers and toddlers color a picture of a penguin with crayons and then spray water onto the paper. The wax from the crayons creates a layer of protection and prevents the water from damaging the paper! (Click here to download a penguin pattern from Pattern Universe.)
Show your kids how much foam an elephant would make when brushing its teeth with one of our favorite home activities from Scholastic. Mixing dry yeast, hydrogen peroxide, warm water, and liquid dish soap makes for a home activity your toddlers and preschoolers will love! Check out the ingredients and follow the instructions here! This science experiment will be one your kiddos love!
Sink or Swim
The density of water impacts whether or not an object can float on the surface. Saltwater has a higher density than freshwater, which means that something that may float in the ocean won’t float in a lake. Use this science experiment from Science Kiddo to teach your preschoolers and toddlers about density! Sink or swim is one of the easier home activities you’ll find because you’ll only need water, four glasses, salt, sugar, baking soda, and grapes or other items to float. We love science experiments that are this convenient!
If you’re looking for a science experiment that’s a bit more elaborate but still appropriate for preschoolers and toddlers, this dinosaur footprints home activity is a great choice. Show your little ones how dinosaur footprints can remain in the ground for so long with this science experiment from Education.com.
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