Preschoolers love science, even if they don’t know it yet. The mushy, shiny, bubbly elements of science experiments create innovative worlds for them. But the set up and clean up are often a parent’s enemy. Here are three ways to incorporate science in your time with your little one
Learn the color wheel by putting different drops of color into cake batter. Have your child guess what color they will create when they mix two or more colors together. What will blue and yellow create? How do you think red and yellow will change? When they have learned the different way colors combine to create new colors, bake those cupcakes. Your child will love the edible end result of science.
Show them a chemical reaction by putting a small amount of baking powder into a balloon. Take a soda bottle and pour in some vinegar. Next, stretch the balloon opening onto the bottle. Slowly move the balloon for the powder inside to fall into the vinegar in the soda bottle. As the chemical reaction takes place, the balloon should fill with air.
On a rainy day, show them how clouds work by making an indoor rain cloud. Take cotton balls and tie them together with string or paper clips. Next, hold the cloud up and drop water onto the top, one drop at a time. As the cloud gets heavier, the water will drip out of the bottom. This is rain! If your cloud is too weak to be held aloft, place the cloud on a coffee filter on the top of a glass jar. Your child can watch through the jar as the cloud grows heavy and begins releasing droplets of water. Add blue food coloring to the water for your child to see how the water moves through the cotton cloud. Go further by telling your child about the different types of clouds: cumulus, cirrus, and stratus. Show him/her some pictures of the different clouds and then let them try to color or create the different types of clouds with cotton balls. When the rain stops and you head outside, identify the clouds you learned.
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