15 Fun Winter Ice Activities for Preschoolers

The cold weather is here. We love to explore ice this time of year! While planning winter theme, I found 15 fun winter ice activities for preschoolers. These are engaging, hands-on ideas that can be done in the classroom and at home. Ready for some winter fun?

15 Fun Winter Ice Activities for Preschoolers

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15 Fun Winter Ice Activities for Preschoolers

 

  1. Freeze blocks of ice and paint on them.
  2. Explore ice and water in the sensory bin.
  3. Brainstorm ways to keep ice from melting. (Planet Smarty Pants)
  4. Scoop ice out of water for a chilly sensory experience. (Busy Toddler)
  5. Princess lovers will have fun with this ice castle excavation activity. (School Time Snippets)
  6. Add some STEM to your winter theme by experimenting with frozen magnetic pieces. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
  7. Explore a rainbow with melting ice. (Powerful Mothering)
  8. Practice letter recognition while trying to remove letters from ice. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
  9. Melt frozen hands with salt and water. (Happy Hooligans)
  10. Go fishing for ice and learn what happens when salt is added. (Science Kiddo)
  11. For a simple winter science activity, explore fizzy ice. (Toddler Approved)
  12. Freeze Lego figures in water and excavate them. (Lemon Lime Adventures)
  13. Do you want to melt a snowman? This ice melting activity looks like a fun sensory idea! (Munchkins and Moms)
  14. Make volcanoes from ice and watch them erupt. (Reading Confetti)
  15. Paint with gingerbread ice men. (Practical Mommy)

 

15 Fun Winter Ice Activities for Preschoolers


 

More ideas for young children:

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Salt and Watercolor Painting

I love to strengthen fine motor skills at the art table, so this is why salt and watercolor painting is one of my favorites for our preschoolers. I’ve talked about pipettes before, such as with our pine cone art and our colored waterfall art. What I love about this particular activity is that the salt allows the colors to travel. When you add different colors, you can see them mix in the salt. Science, fine motor, AND art!

Salt and Watercolor Art
 Salt and Watercolor Painting

 

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Salt and Watercolor Painting

 

What we used:

 


Salt and Watercolor Painting - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

The process:

 

Squeeze glue onto paper. We talked about how the glue was “dancing”.

 

 
Then, spoon salt on top of the glue.

 

Salt and Watercolor Painting - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

You can also shake the salt. This is a fun activity by itself!

 
Salt and Watercolor Painting - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Salt and Watercolor Painting - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Shake off the excess salt.

 

Applying the watercolors:

 

Use the pipettes to transfer the liquid watercolors on top of the salt.
Salt and Watercolor Painting - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

There are always those who want to use 2 pipettes at the same time!

 

Salt and Watercolor Painting - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

As the salt absorbs the paint, and they both mix with the glue, an interesting texture appears.

 Salt and Watercolor Painting - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Some of the preschoolers poked and pulled at the mixture, finding the feeling fascinating.

 Salt and Watercolor Painting - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

When finished, let thoroughly dry. Some of the salt might flake off if there was not enough glue. I made sure to shake each one over the garbage can before sending them home, so that the excess was removed.

 

Exploring Science and Art with Salt, Glue, and Watercolors - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

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More ideas for young children:

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16 Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers

Science activities are a wonderful way to engage preschoolers in active, hands-on learning. If you’ve done science experiments with young children, you’ve most likely seen the look of wonder in their eyes as the activity unfolds. Because my goal is to add more science to our daily schedule, I am always searching for great ideas. For the month of December, I found 16 Christmas science activities for preschoolers that are just plain fun!

16 Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers

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16 Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers

 

Christmas Glitter Eruptions: Set out to catch the fizz with this fun sparkling activity! (Little Bins for Little Hands)

Peppermint Oobleck: Put a little twist on a classic science experiment with this 2 ingredient Christmas science experiment. (Little Bins for Little Hands)

Borax Crystal Ornaments: Bend pipe cleaners into holiday shapes for this fun crystal experiment. (The Craft Train)

Grow Your Own Christmas Tree: Have you ever grown your own Christmas tree using a sponge? You’ve got to try this! (Gift of Curiosity)

christmas science for preschoolers

 

Engineering an Ice Lantern: This is a fantastic opportunity to see what happens when water changes states. (STEAM Powered Family)

Minty Reindeer Toothpaste: A Christmas spin on the popular elephant toothpaste, and so much fun! (Playdough to Plato)

Dissolving Candy Canes Science: Watch how candy canes dissolve at different times depending on the type of liquid. (Lemon Lime Adventures)

Dancing Jingle Bells: What happens when you add bells to carbonated liquid? (Modern Preschool)

christmas science for preschoolers

Christmas Fizzy Painting: Learn what happens when you combine baking soda and paint! (Gift of Curiosity)

Grinch Slime: Make this green sparkling slime and make it stretch and grow, just like the Grinch’s heart. (Schooling a Monkey)

Jingle Bell Train Coupling Activity: What happens when you use jingle bells as coupling chains for your toy trains? (Play Trains)

Salt Crystal Tree Ornament: A fun crystal science activity that works well for younger children. (Go Science Girls)

christmas science for preschoolers

Soft Circuit Christmas Ornament: Use a LED pin light to put at the top of your felt Christmas tree ornament. (Teach Beside Me)

Bubbly Christmas Lights: Use a mixture that includes Alka Seltzer to create cheery bubbly Christmas lights. (Schooling a Monkey)

Christmas Bell Game:  Learn about magnetism  while attracting colored jingle bells. Can even add some counting! (Teach Beside Me)

How to Bend a Candy Cane: Why can you only bend a candy cane when it’s warm? (Preschool Powol Packets)

Christmas Light Science: Separate a string of Christmas lights and turn them on by touching the wires to a battery. (Pre-Kinders)

christmas science for preschoolers


16 Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers

More Christmas ideas for young children:

 

Easy Christmas Ideas for Little Kids     Christmas Painting Activities      Christmas Sensory Play Activities

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7 Fun Preschool Gravity Experiments

Have you noticed how preschoolers are fascinated by things that move? Whether it’s pushing, throwing, or falling, they are very into it! So why not tap into this interest? Here are 7  fun preschool gravity experiments that you can add to your classroom or homeschool curriculum, or for weekend fun.

Preschool Gravity Experiments

 

When talking about gravity with preschoolers, we keep it simple. During our morning meeting or circle time, we demonstrate what happens if we drop an item. We notice that it went down instead of up. We can then try a gravity experiment during small groups, noticing that if we alter the movement or materials, things change.

This is basic and yet fascinating for this age group!

 

7 Fun Preschool Gravity Experiments

 

Defy Gravity – This super cool activity is easy to make with paperclips and magnets. (Buggy and Buddy)

Galaxy in a Bottle – The glitter doesn’t fall down, but instead rises as it settles. Crazy! (One Little Project)

Gravity Splatter Art – What happens when you drop something with paint on it?

Exploring Gravity with a Tube – Why does the position of the tube change the speed of the car? (HOAWG)

Exploring Gravity with Balance – Learn how to make a craft stick stand up right on a chopstick. (Rookie Parenting)

Gravity with a Pendulum – Learn about the forces of motion and gravity by placing paint in swinging pendulum. (Handmade Kids Art)

Pool Noodle Gravity Play – Explore gravity and slope by making your own pool noodle marble run. (Little Bins)

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How to Set Up Your Preschool Science Center

Science is an important part of a preschooler’s day, especially when it involves hands-on exploration. Are you wondering how to set up your preschool science center? Does it intimidate you a bit?

It doesn’t need to be intimidating! With just a few simple tips, you can have a science area that is inviting for your young learners.

Today I am going to show you almost all of the science centers we set up on ONE  year in our preschool classroom. Some of these stayed out all week, some for a couple of weeks. All of them were tied into our preschool theme of that week. We connected other classroom activities with what was in our science center.

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How to Set Up Your Preschool Science Center

 

You will notice that many of these science centers include picture books and perhaps one or two visuals placed in plexi-glass sign holders. At some of the centers there were also tools such as magnifying glasses and tweezers. We also tried to have some sort of objects that could be touched. I’ve added some affiliate links if you are interested in learning where these products can be purchased, but you might already own them. I am hoping these photos help you understand how to set up a science center that will be visually pleasing to your preschoolers, inviting them to come and explore.

Magnets

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

At the start of the year we explore with magnets. This is a simple and fun activity that is especially loved by visual learners. The preschoolers discovered that the magnets stuck to some objects, but not to others. Later in the year we explored magnets at the light table, in the sensory table, and even in the block area.

More to read:

8 Irresistible Activities to Do with Magnets

Preschool books about magnets:

Families

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

Learning about families is another great preschool activity at the beginning of the school year. As we are getting to know each other, we also love talking about the members in our family. The children bring in a family photo which we frame and display on the wall all year.


Owls

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

As we explore owls, we also learn about nocturnal animals. Why do they sleep during the day?


Bats

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

During October, one of our science displays is all about bats. Most of our preschoolers remember seeing the bats at our local zoo, so this is meaningful to them. I put together a simple discovery bottle placing some small foam bats (from a sticker pad) into water along with some glitter (just because our preschoolers love to watch it swirl).  We love National Geographic Kids books, as you can see in the photo. The rubber bat was a nice prop, too!

 


Pumpkins

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

In October we go on a field trip to the pumpkin patch, so we make sure to study pumpkins at the science table. Along with small pumpkins, we also provided a pumpkin matching activity. (If you are interested in these types of printables, you can find them at Montessori for Everyone.)

Make sure to check out our Pumpkin Theme post for lots of pumpkin activities!


Corn

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

While at the pumpkin patch, we get to walk through the the corn that is being harvested. We set up this science center to show a real piece of corn that is still in its husk, a can of corn, dried corn kernels (that I also placed letter tiles inside to spell “corn”), and some visuals.

Pines

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

Where we live, there is an abundance of pine cones. This includes all around our preschool building. We learn where they come from while we take a nature walk. What trees did they fall from?

Dinosaurs

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

Preschoolers have a fascination with dinosaurs, and we’ve happened to acquire quite a collection. The children love how large and powerful dinosaurs are!


Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

In the winter a dental team visits our preschool, talking about how to keep our teeth healthy. The week that they visit, we invite our preschoolers to practice brushing teeth with a model.


The Colors of the Rainbow

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

During the month of March we explore the rainbow. You might recall our giant color wheel, where the children bring in items from home that are the colors of the rainbow.


Seeds

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

April means gardening! We invite our preschoolers to play with our seed model while we plant sunflowers. By doing this, they actually get to watch their seed sprout. They learn about taking care of another living thing, giving it sunlight and water.


Daffodils

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

After learning about seeds, we then explore daffodils. We explore them under our magnifying stands and learn to treat them gently.

 

Ocean Life

science shells

In May we explore the ocean. We have real shells, a couple of discovery bottles, and books. You can read more about this in our Preschool Ocean Theme post.


 

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Easy Winter Discovery Bottles

Every January we add easy winter discovery bottles to our list of activities. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know how much we love making them. They are perfect any time of the year, such as when we made our patriotic discovery bottles. Little kids love to hold and look at them. There is something very calming as the ingredients gently move around. For this activity, we kept it very simple with just a few ingredients. I wanted them to resemble snow globes, with sparkles and snowflakes.

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easy winter discovery bottles

Toddlers and preschoolers love discovery bottles, so why not have them be involved in the process of making them? We loved adding these bottles to our winter theme!

 

 

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Easy Winter Discovery Bottles

What you will need:

  • Your choice of plastic bottle

  • Silver glitter

  • Foam snowflakes

  • Water

     

    Pour the liquid into the plastic bottle. Younger children might need assistance. A funnel might make things easier, too.

    Winter Discovery Bottles for Toddlers and Preschoolers

     

    The snowflakes can then be dropped into the bottle. (You know how I am always working on strengthening those little fingers!)

     

    Winter Discovery Bottles for Toddlers and Preschoolers

     

    Then, scoop the glitter into the bottle.

     

     Winter Discovery Bottles for Toddlers and Preschoolers

     

    Add a bit more water and watch the glitter swirl. (Note: I partnered the preschoolers so that one could hold the bottle while the other added the materials. Worked out great!)

     

    Winter Discovery Bottles for Toddlers and Preschoolers

     

     Winter Discovery Bottles for Toddlers and Preschoolers

     

     
     Once everything is in the bottle, seal the lid tight. I like to squirt some hot glue in the lid before closing it, just to make sure it does not open.

     

    Then, shake it up!

     

    Winter Discovery Bottles for Toddlers and Preschoolers

     

    We then placed them in front of the window.

     

    Winter Discovery Bottles for Toddlers and Preschoolers

     

    Toddlers and preschoolers love discovery bottles, so why not have them be involved in the process of making them? We loved adding these bottles to our winter theme!

    Here are more ideas to try:

    Winter Snowflake Art        simple activities for kids      toddler shape activities


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Preschool Science Ideas for Fall

We love exploring science in the fall! Well, we love exploring science all year…but there is something special about fall. At least where I live! And so, putting together preschool science ideas for fall is pretty easy. We take a look at what’s going on in nature and plan around it.

This year we explored sunflowers, spiders, squirrels and acorns, owls, and pumpkins. We used the same themes for both our toddlers and preschoolers, but removed the smaller pieces for the toddlers. Both ages enjoyed the hands-on environment.

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall - 5 hands-on activities from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 
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Preschool Science Ideas for Fall

 

Sunflowers

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall - 5 ideas for your fall science table - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Every September we explore sunflowers. We ask around who might have some mammoth sunflowers that are ready to be harvested. We then place them on our science table, along with tweezers to pull out the seeds.

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall

We display sunflowers in vases to brighten our classroom. We extend this activity to our art table, where we create a large sunflower bulletin board, and we have fun with a sunflower sensory bin.

 

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall

Spiders

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall - 5 ideas for your fall science table - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Our spider science table included plush toy spiders, spider fact books, and a spider discovery bottle.

 

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall

I created a pretend spider web across the window above our science table and added some spider rings. We also enjoyed a spider counting craft at the art table.

 

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall

Squirrels

 

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall - 5 ideas for your fall science table - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

In September and October we see a couple of squirrels above our outdoor play area, most often carrying nuts in their mouths. I created a science table that included our beloved tree blocks, acorns, and some squirrel books. You can see more of this in my squirrels and acorns science post.

 

Fall Science for Preschool with Squirrels and Acorns

Fall Science for Preschool with Squirrels and Acorns

 

Owls

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall - 5 ideas for your fall science table - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

While talking about animals that are awake during the night, we included owls at our science table.

 

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall

After reading books about owls, we made a flying owl craft to put on our bulletin board.

Pumpkins

exploring pumpkins at the science table

Of course, no fall science curriculum is complete unless it covers pumpkins. We extended this with a fine motor pumpkin activity, a pumpkin stand, and pumpkin painting.

 

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall

 

Preschool Science Ideas for Fall - 5 hands-on activities from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Want to see how we set up our science table throughout the school year?

How to Set Up a Preschool Science Center

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You can find more activities on my science board.

 

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Volcano Science for Kids

Volcano science for kids is a simple but always fun experiment. You only need two ingredients, and it’s super easy to set up. I couldn’t wait to observe the pre-kindergarten class try this, and I just happened to have my camera around to record their observations.

 

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Curious Kid's Science Book

I love to pass on a wonderful resource when I find it! When Asia Citro asked if I’d review her latest book The Curious Kid’s Science Book: 100+ Creative Hands-On Activities for Ages 4-8, I jumped at the chance. You might recall when we made gingerbread ornaments using a simple recipe from Asia’s earlier book, 150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids. When I got my hands on her new science book, I showed it to the pre-kindergarten teachers in my preschool and they asked if they could try some with their science curriculum.

 

CURIOUS KIDS SCIENCE BOOK

The Curious Kid’s Science Book: 100+ Creative Hands-on Activities for Ages 4-8

 

Asia Citro has an M. Ed in Science Education and was a classroom science teacher. She currently shares amazing ideas at her Fun at Home with Kids blog. In fact, that is where I first met Asia, as I was searching for creative activities to share on my Facebook page.

The first thing I noticed when I received The Curious Kid’s Science Book was how nicely organized it is, complete with colorful photos. While the book is geared for children older than the ages I teach, many of them can be easily adapted for younger children. However, I’ve barely seen the book since I shared it with the pre-kindergarten teachers in my preschool. When I finally asked if I could have the book back, they asked me to please not remove all the torn pieces of paper that were serving as bookmarks, as they intend to use Asia’s book often for their class science activities. Now that is pure love for a book!

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The very first activity of Asia’s that they chose was the baking soda to vinegar experiment on page 170.

Do you think adding baking soda to vinegar or adding vinegar to baking soda will make a bigger reaction?

Only two ingredients are needed for this activity! The teachers set them up on the table. (Note all the torn paper bookmarks. These teachers might not ever give The Curious Kid’s Science Book back to me!)

 

Volcano Science for Kids . .

 

Before starting the experiment, the teachers asked the children what they predicted would explode more. They wrote each child’s name under their prediction.

 

Volcano Science for Kids . .

 

Because their theme that week was apples, they chose to hollow out a red and a yellow apple to use as containers for the volcanoes. After making their predictions and writing them on the white board, the children gathered around the science table.

 

Volcano Science for Kids . .

 

In one apple, the baking soda was placed first, then the vinegar was poured on top. In another apple, the vinegar was poured inside, and then the baking soda was added.

 

Volcano Science for Kids . .

 

Eyes grew wide as the volcanoes erupted.

 

Volcano Science for Kids . .

Volcano Science for Kids . .

Volcano Science for Kids . .

Volcano Science for Kids . .

 

We won’t spoil the fun and give you the answer, but most of the children’s predictions were correct!

Fun, right? You can see how simple yet educational these types of science activities are. Our pre-kindergarten teachers do, too, and that is why they have bookmarked many more ideas, such as:

  • How deep should you plant a seed to get the best growth?
  • How can you make ice melt faster?
  • How many drops of water can fit on a penny?
  • How can you design an egg drop container?

Where you can buy The Curious Kid’s Science Book

 

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Book Depository (free shipping worldwide)

Who would enjoy this book

 

Teachers, parents, caregivers, grandparents … anyone with young children in their lives!

 

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Preschool Science Exploring Spiders

Right as we start back to school, the spiders become very visible. They are hanging out in our outdoor area,  even inside the playhouses. Some of the children will scream and ask that we remove them. We decided this was a good time to invite our toddlers and preschoolers to learn more about spiders, and how useful they can be.

During October, one of our preschool science activities is exploring spiders. We set up a spider science table, read books about spiders, and do some spider art.

Preschool Science Exploring Spiders

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You might recall from our squirrels and acorns activity that we recently got a new science table. Oh, how we love this new science center! I’ve shared it on my Instagram page, my Facebook page, and on Twitter and have received lots of compliments. Who knew one small round table with 2 chairs would make such a difference?

Preschool Science Exploring Spiders

Setting up our spider science table:

We like to feature books all over our classroom by placing them in acrylic holders. We featured 2 books at our science table and opened them to pages with information. Even though our toddlers and preschoolers cannot read the text, they will look at the illustrations. When a teacher is nearby and a conversation is started about what is on our table, she can read a bit from the books that are on the table.

Preschool Science Exploring Spiders

Preschool Science Exploring Spiders

I love that there is a window above our science table. I added some pretend spider web and spider rings as a visual. I also found some fun stretchy spiders to place on the science table.

 

Preschool Science Exploring Spiders

I made a fun spider discover bottle. I used an empty plastic VOSS water bottle and added some stretchy spiders and rice that I colored orange. I used the same method as when we dyed our rice for our sunflower sensory bin.

Preschool Science Exploring Spiders

I also added a spider puppet and a stuffed spider that we had in our storage room.

Preschool Science Exploring Spiders

Just like when we used a science shelf, our science table is open during centers time. Children are free to visit whenever they want during that time.

We change our science table activity each week. While planning our school year, we put together ideas that tie in with that week’s theme. This way the books and other activities that we do that week connect to the science table, making it much more meaningful.

Some of our materials might be too small for our 2 year olds, so we remove them on the days they are in the classroom.

Where do we get our science ideas? From lots of resources. I try to pin as many as I can on our science Pinterest board. Take a peek!

Preschool Science Exploring Spiders

 

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Preschool Squirrels and Acorns Science Activity

 

We love to explore science year-round, but there is something special about fall. We start the school year with magnets, then move onto sunflowers. During the third week of school, the squirrels and acorns are very visible outdoors. We see squirrels scampering across our play yard with acorns in their mouths. We are curious as to why they are carrying these acorns, and where are they going? We came up with a hands-on preschool squirrels and acorns science activity that is very inviting to young children.

Fall Science for Preschool with Squirrels and Acorns

 

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Preschool Squirrels and Acorns Science Activity

 

We got a new-to-us round table that is perfect for a science exploration center! In the past we’ve used the top of a shelf for our science displays, and it worked well. However, my co-teacher and I really wanted a science spot where our toddlers and preschoolers could sit and explore, with more room for hands-on exploration. A week before school started, my co-teacher’s mother found a small round table at Goodwill and asked if we could use it. After moving a few pieces around while setting up the classroom for back-to-school, we knew this little table would be perfect for our science center.

Fall Science for Preschool with Squirrels and Acorns

 

 

Setting up the science table to learn more about acorns and squirrels:

 

Note – This activity was only for our preschoolers, not our toddlers, as the acorns are too small and would go into their mouths.

I started by walking around the parking lot of the church that our preschool resides in. I picked up some oak leaves, pinecones, and acorns.

Fall Science for Preschool with Squirrels and Acorns

I added some wood bowls to hold the materials at the table, and added some tree blocks.

 

Fall Science for Preschool with Squirrels and Acorns

Fall Science for Preschool with Squirrels and Acorns

I found photos online and added text, displaying them in plexiglass page holders. I also had cut a photo of a squirrel out of a nature magazine and laminated it.

Fall Science for Preschool with Squirrels and Acorns

I could not find our plush squirrel that we have used for many years, so I went on Amazon and found this little guy. I love how he is holding a nut in his mouth, just like the squirrels we have seen outside.

 

Fall Science for Preschool with Squirrels and Acorns

For some fine motor fun, an acorn ice tray was also added to the table. I love the 1:1 correspondence taking place! (Note: I think I found the ice tray at a dollar store, but honestly cannot recall.)

 

Fall Science for Preschool with Squirrels and Acorns

More acorn and squirrel ideas:

 

 

More fall ideas for young children:

learning about spiders      fall activities for preschoolers     Fall watercolor art

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Preschool Science Experiments

 

Putting together science experiments in preschool is an exciting part of teacher planning. We acknowledge that young children love to be involved in hands-on exploration. They want to see it, touch it, work with it. They love to know what happens next, and will often add their own ideas. In our classroom, we have a science shelf where we put together a display that the children can explore. We add books and photos and tools, such as magnifying glasses. We use a nearby table when doing science experiments so that the children have more room to work with materials. We talk about our experiments during our circle time and might even add related art and sensory activities.

 

 

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10 Preschool Science Experiments

 

What’s in the Air Experiment – All you need is a plate, candle, matches, play dough, a jar, and some coloured water. (Happiness is Here)

 

Fizzy Cloud Dough Experiment – After playing with this cold dough, add vinegar with droppers for some science fun. (Powerful Mothering)

 

Experimenting with the Changing Shape of Water – While pouring water into different shaped jars, notice how the shape of the water changes. (Stir the Wonder)

 

Weather Science – Make a tornado in a bottle! (Little Bins for Little Hands)

 

Lava Lamp Experiment – Learn what makes this lamp bubble. (FSPTD)

 

Gravity and Weight Experiment – Observe what happens when you hang two very different shoes by rubber bands. (Planet Smarty Pants)

 

Smell and Taste Experiment – Learn how smell work together. (Mum in the Madhouse)

 

Color Experiment with Water Beads -See what happens when you place water beads in cups and add food coloring and water. (3 Dinosaurs)

 

Color Changing Rose Experiment – Watch what happens to a white rose when placed in colored water. (Homegrown Friends)

 

Experiment Making Paper – Turn shredded paper into pulp to make new paper while learning about recycling.

 

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Activities Using the Five Senses

 

When you are putting together activities for your preschoolers, how can you make them a multi-sensory experience? How can you add activities using the the five senses to your everyday life, at home and at school?

Using our five senses strengthens our everyday experiences. It helps us understand the world around us.

  • What noises did you hear?
  • What is it you saw?
  • What did it smell like?
  • Did you like the taste?
  • How did it feel?

Think of this when you are planning activities for your preschoolers. It will make them much more meaningful, building cognitive skills. They will have a better understanding of the world around them.

20 Activities that Engage the Five Senses

 

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Activities Using the Five Senses

 

Sense of Touch

Most touch activities involve the hands and feet. Children learn how to communicate with others through touch. Engaging their hands builds their fine motor skills, helping them learn how to do more for themselves, such as writing their names and buttoning their coats.

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 Sense of Smell

As children are exposed to different smells, they learn more about our environment. They will be able to distinguish between good and bad smells, comfortable and uncomfortable smells.

 

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Sense of Sight

Sense of sight activities helps preschoolers learn about their eyes as they explore the world around them.

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Sense of Sound

Indoors and outdoors, there are many opportunities for preschools to engage their listening skills.

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 Sense of Taste

Many events in a child’s life involve food. Sense of taste activities teach preschoolers that the sense of taste and smell are connected.

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Preschool Science with Sunflowers

We love preschool science with sunflowers and enjoy it twice a year. In the spring we plant sunflower seeds and let them sit on our science shelf, enjoying the sun from the window. Our preschoolers then take them home to plant in their gardens. I love the photos our parents send us during the summer, showing how tall they are growing! (We plant mammoth sunflowers.) In the fall, our families cut down their sunflowers and bring them to class so we can explore their seeds. We love these types of hands-on science explorations!

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This particular year one of our preschool families brought the entire plant into our classroom. It was huge! We placed it right on the floor and let the preschoolers explore.
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We got out our tweezers, some cups and trays, and let them go to work pulling the seeds from the plant.
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The teacher in me was delighted to see them strengthening their fine motor skills!
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For those who found the tweezers a challenge, we provided tongs. Both tweezers and tongs are used often in our classroom.
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And then, some of the preschoolers dropped all tools and simply used their fingers.
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It can’t get much more hands on than this!
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We invited the children to explore various textures in our sunflower sensory table.
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Group art – huge sunflowers for the bulletin board:

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Each child in both of our classes decorated a petal and we all worked on the black centers of these sunflowers. This is one of my favorite bulletin boards!
 
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Sunflower books to read:

            

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More sunflower activities:

Handprint Sunflower (Meet the Dubiens)

Paper Plate Sunflower (Paper Crafts for Children)

Fork Print Sunflower (Crafty Morning)

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Preschool Science in a Small Space

 

Setting up a science shelf in a small area.

Setting up a science shelf in a small area.

 

 

I am often asked how a science center can be set up in a small preschool (or home) space. Our classroom is on the smaller side, so we have to make good use out of every square inch. After moving it around a few times, we decided the best spot for our science space would be on top of our block shelf. It’s just the right size for a small display and is at the children’s level.

 

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“Because they are ready to learn about the everyday world, young children are highly engaged when they have the opportunity to explore.” 
 {Young Children, September 2002}
 

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I like the idea of science near the block area. Both centers have a variety of natural materials to explore.
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ˆWe also wanted it to be near a window to take advantage of the natural light. (Note: the “science center” label is a free printable you can find here.)
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We like to display books that relate to the science display. These can be reference books or picture books.
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We make sure to have tools available to assist exploration. A magnifying glass hangs on a hook next to the science shelf.
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For this particular science center, I cut a shoe organizer into sections and used one of them to hang in the window. We displayed pieces of nature.
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We love to work with the natural light, hanging materials that will reflect the sun.
Edited: Fast forward a few years, and we now have an actual science area. It still doesn’t take up much space but allows the children to sit at a table while exploring.

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Frozen Sensory Bin Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Putting together a frozen sensory bin activity for toddlers and preschoolers is easy and fun! There’s also some science mixed in as the children learn what happens to water when it is placed in below freezing weather and then brought back into a warm room.

For this activity, I filled the sensory table with water and placed it outside. We don’t get snow often here in the Pacific Northwest, but it can get cold enough to freeze water. This was one of those weeks. Because we do many different winter activities, I want them to be as meaningful as possible. We can talk about cold, but do we understand cold? The feeling of cold? We can talk about ice and how it melts, but have we actually experienced it? Explored it? Worked with it? So, it’s important to provide real-life experiences to accompany your ideas, to make it more meaningful for the children.

Frozen Sensory Bin for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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 What you will need for this preschool winter idea:


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Setting it up:

Fill container with water and place outdoors when it’s below freezing. Once it’s frozen, bring it indoors. Place some sort of mat underneath to catch the water if it drips out of the table. Place the animals on top of the ice, if desired.

 

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As the children arrived, they were fascinated that the water was solid. They touched it with their fingers. Moved the animals around.
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As the water started to melt, I gave them tubes and basters to suck and move the water into buckets. This was the best part!
 
 
 
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After awhile, we ventured outdoors where we found more ice.
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 I gave the children plastic hammers so they could try to break the ice. (I borrowed hammers from our hammering kit.)
 
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 We also moved our indoor (now melting) water table back outside, so it could refreeze. The children wanted to see what would happen if the animals were left outside. When we returned the next school day, everything they had left on the water table had frozen onto or into it. We had another day of trying to remove the pieces from the ice. A fun winter activity for sure!
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