Toddlers can be very curious about how things work. In fact, you might hear “why?” a lot. This is a good time to give them opportunities to investigate, finding answers to those “why” questions. Hands-on science exploration should be a part of your toddler curriculum. Simple, short ideas that work with their shorter attention spans. Today I’m going to share 10 easy science activities for toddlers that you can easily add to your home or classroom.
Oh, and if you have other simple science ideas for young children, please share!
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10 Easy Science Activities for Toddlers
Exploring Sunflower Seeds: Strengthen those little fingers while pulling seeds from large sunflowers.
Painting on Ice Blocks: What happens to the paint as the ice starts to melt? Preschoolers love this activity, too!
What’s Magnetic: Fill a bin with large objects and a magnetic wand. Super easy! (Busy Toddler)
Which One is Heavier: This easy science activity only takes a couple of minutes to set up, using a child’s hanger and some paper cups. (Go Science Girls)
Will it Sink or Float: This is a favorite, mostly because it involves playing with water! (Hands On as We Grow)
Magnetic Discovery Bottle: Discovery bottles work well with toddlers because the small pieces are contained in the bottle. Move the wand and watch the pipe cleaner pieces move! (Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls)
Exploring Vegetable Seeds: This only takes a minute to set up! In fact, this would keep your toddler busy while you are fixing dinner. (Lemon Lime Adventures)
Magic Milk Science Experiment: Perfect for little ones who have not yet experienced chemical reactions. (Laughing Kids Learn)
Bubble Snake: Toddlers are learning how to blow bubbles, and they will love this easy DIY bubble snake activity! (One Little Project)
Color Surprise Eruptions: Add simple color recognition to this fun science activity. (Learn, Play, Imagine)
More fun ideas for toddlers:
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