Springtime may bring warmer sunshine and longer days, but rain and varying temperatures can still keep little ones indoors. Science experiments are a great hands-on way to teach preschoolers about chemistry, weather, and mechanics in fun and engaging ways. Encourage your child to ask lots of questions and make predictions about how each project will turn out by making simple changes to each.
Teach your preschooler about how rain works with this fun and colorful project. Fill a glass jar or vase with water, add a generous amount of shaving cream to the top of the water to form “clouds.” Use a dropper and mixed watercolor paints or food coloring to add liquid color to the shaving cream. As the color saturates the “clouds,” the color will form “rain” in the water.
Add a few tablespoons of baking soda to a balloon (use a funnel to add the baking soda in easily), and then stretch the balloon over a bottle filled halfway with vinegar. Watch the balloons inflate as the baking soda and vinegar mix! This project is a great way to introduce chemistry at a young age.
Freeze water in different sized containers overnight. With your preschooler, add salt to the tops of the ice to create ravines and crevices, and drop food coloring onto the ice to create beautiful creations. This project can get messy, so place the ice on a baking sheet or pan to keep the rainbow-colored water contained.
What preschooler doesn’t love playing with slime? All you need to make slime is Elmer’s glue, saline solution (contact solution works great), and baking soda to create slime that will entertain your child for hours. Use glitter glue for less mess but more sparkle!
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