Spark your students’ early education with these fun Pre K science projects
It’s no secret that young children love exploring and learning new things, which is why introducing Pre K aged children to science projects is a phenomenal idea. They’re starting to ask more questions, want more responsibilities, and grasping to understand the complex world around them.
New and exciting science projects introduces a variety of interesting topics that will make their inquisitive little minds spin with excitement! First, let’s take a look at all the benefits associated with learning science at an early age.
Benefits of Starting Science Early
- Young children are naturally eager, curious, and hard-wired for learning
- Children are hands-on learners
- Science gives Pre K children crucial life skills for their future
- Children’s earliest interests directly influence their interests later on in life
- Science projects build communication skills through questions, trial and error, and problem-solving
- Turns on a “spark” to create original ideas
- Leads to higher curiosity and passion about the world around them
- Teaches the value of patience, time, and listening
To help you provide all these benefits and more to your in-home preschool kiddos, we’ve gathered up some super cool Pre K science projects for your favorite little Einsteins!
Lava Lamp Experiment
The Lava Lamp Experiment is one that will make children’s jaws drop to the floor in complete awe. It’ll also keep them occupied for a long time, which is a win-win! Plus, you most likely have the materials needed already in your home. After combining water, oil, and food coloring in a glass, kids will get a kick out of watching the bubbles shoot up from the bottom as they add in pieces of Alka Seltzer tablets to keep the bubbles coming up again and again.
Kids will learn from this science experiment that water and oil do not mix and that the oil doesn’t change colors because the food coloring is water soluble. When the Alka Seltzer tablets touch the water, it creates bubbles of carbon dioxide. The bubbles attach themselves to the blobs of colored water and raise them to the top of the glass. When they see the bubbles pop, the carbon dioxide is gone and the blobs fall back down. This experiment is sure to be a hit!
This Pre K science project came from Fun Learning for Kids. Click here to read more.
Baking Soda Vinegar Balloons
Our next experiment will encourage young minds to inquire, observe, and think. Simply use a funnel to pour baking soda in the balloon, fill a water bottle 1/2 way with vinegar, create a good seal and then lift the balloon up to drop the baking soda. The chemical reaction between mixing together the baking soda and vinegar causes the balloon to fill up!
Kids will learn that the balloon fills due to gas produced from the two ingredients, which creates carbon dioxide. As the gas tries to leave the sealed water bottle, it has nowhere else to go but up, causing the balloon to inflate. Kids can compare this to how humans exhale our own carbon dioxide as we blow up balloons. Try adding different amounts of baking soda to compare the reactions between balloons. The more baking soda you add, the more the balloon will inflate!
Be sure to add this Pre K science project from Little Bins for Little Hands to your curriculum!
Apple Rotting Experiment
For this apple rotting experiment you’re going to need one apple cut up into four quarters and placed in four glasses. One glass remains empty, one is filled with water, one with vinegar, and one with oil (label the cups so you remember!) Your Pre K scientists will love watching the apples changing day by day.
The apple in the empty glass begins to shrivel quickly, while the other three take about a week to see any noticeable changes. It’s amusing to see how some liquids evaporate, while the oil does not. Kids will learn about the process of decaying as they watch patiently every day to see how each apple reacts to the solution it was exposed to.
This fun Pre K science project comes to us from Gift of Curiosity!
This next Pre K science project couldn’t be any simpler, but will still blow young children’s minds! All you need to do is fill a clear glass with soda (club or Sprite works best). Next, have children drop raisins into the glass. Sit and watch for a minute, it may take time for them to start moving. The bubbles soon attach themselves to the raisins and begin to lift them up and down, making them “dance”! Get ready for a lot of laughs, and hopefully a lot of curious questions!
Kids will learn that when you first drop the raisins into the soda, they sink because they are denser than soda. The carbonated soda then releases bubbles, which attach to the “rough” surface of raisins. They act like little flotation devices and lift the raisin to the top of the water due to its buoyancy. Once the carbon dioxide bubbles reach the top of the soda, they pop, which causes them to drop back down. This continues until the soda goes flat and there is no more carbon dioxide left. Dancing raisins is a huge hit for Pre K scientists!
The Dancing Raisins Pre K science project came from Fun Learning for Kids. Click here to read more!
Pre K children love to laugh and learn. You can nurture their natural curiosity with these fun science projects and more. For even more engaging projects and tips for in-home childcare programs be sure to follow us on Facebook!