10 Easy Science Activities for Toddlers

 

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!

10 simple toddler science activities for home or classroom

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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)

Easy Toddler Science

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)

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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)

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More fun ideas for toddlers:

Toddler Alphabet Ideas      toddler play activities      parachute play for toddlers

 

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Gardening Ideas for Kids

The weather is warming up. It’s time to plant! But, you know your little ones would LOVE to help. (Yes, they would!) So now you are wondering about gardening ideas for kids.

Children learn from growing things.

Children can learn new skills, have fun, play and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden tending plants and growing their own food. Most children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things and watching plants grow. (Source.)

Ready to garden with your children?

Preschool Gardening Activities

 

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Gardening Ideas for Kids

This collection not only contains ideas for growing plants, but also art ideas, sensory ideas, and outdoor garden art!

 

Teach your children how to plant seeds and take care of them with some simple tips.

Create a sunflower gardening project by starting your seeds in plastic cups.

For an miniature indoor garden, make a terrarium.

An egg carton makes a nice greenhouse. (Hazel and Company)


 

Gardening Ideas for Kids

 

Watch seeds grow in a jar. (Little Bins for Little Hands)

Grow plants from food scraps. (Modern Parents Messy Kids)

Use a coffee can to make a bug house. (Research Parent)

Dissect a flower and study its parts. (Sugar, Spice and Glitter)

Gardening Ideas for Kids

Explore real or artificial flowers with a garden sensory bin. (Mess for Less)

Examine different seeds with a magnifying glass and compare. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Use different colors of construction paper to make a flower garden. (Cutting Tiny Bites)

Draw bugs on stones and use in the garden. (Daisies and Pie)

Gardening Ideas for Kids 3

Dress up a terra cotta pot with thumbprint butterflies. (Upstate Ramblings)

Make a bird feeder out of a juice carton. (Red Ted Art)

Recycle empty water bottles to make colorful wind spirals. (Happy Hooligans)

Play this alphabet activity during your garden theme. (Buggy and Buddy)

Gardening Ideas for Kids

 

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More fun ideas for young children:

Toddler Alphabet Ideas     Preschool Name Recognition - Ideas for Preschool Early Literacy - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds     Looking for a fun way to strengthen toddler fine motor skills? Here's a fun water activity using basters!

 

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Gardening Ideas for Kids - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
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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

 

Books to go with the spider theme:

            

 

 

More activities for young children:

 

science experiments for preschoolers     preschool color activities     outdoor games for preschoolers

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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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How to extend this activity:

 

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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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More ideas for preschoolers:

Preschool Art with Tea Bags     preschool art with balloons     favorite preschool activities

 

 

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Toddler Science with Sunflowers

 

Every fall, just after we return from summer vacation, we explore sunflowers. We’ve created large sunflower bulletin boards, have enjoyed sunflower sensory tables, and have enjoyed sunflower fine motor fun. Our preschoolers have loved our sunflower science unit, so we decided to try toddler science with sunflowers. I am happy we did, because they loved it!
Toddler Science with Sunflowers

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A couple of weeks ago we placed some sunflowers on our science shelf. Usually we explore sunflowers in the spring, but because we still had one in our outdoor garden this fall, we decided to add it to our curriculum a couple of weeks ago.

 

Toddler Science with Sunflowers

 

We placed a large circle of black paper on the art table with some sunflower seeds and glue.

 

Toddler Science with Sunflowers

 

While doing this art project, one of the children asked what was inside the shell. We decided to take the sunflowers from the science shelf to the art table.

 

That’s when the excitement began! 

 

 
Toddler Science with Sunflowers

 

Little fingers poked and pinched the flower, seeds scattering to the table.

 

Toddler Science with Sunflowers

 

Of course, the teacher in me loved that they had to use their fingers to grasp those tiny seeds!

 

 Toddler Science with Sunflowers

 

I love standing back, putting my camera on the zoom lens, and watching the discovery unfold!

 

Toddler Science with Sunflowers

 

Out came some tongs and tweezers. I really hadn’t anticipated the toddlers to be able to extract the seeds using these tools, but they loved the challenge!

 

Toddler Science with Sunflowers

 

 Practical life skills took place as well, sweeping the seeds off the floor.

 

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Last week we extended our exploration of sunflowers by putting seeds in the sensory table. We also completed and displayed our group sunflowers, which are now on the wall.  Let’s just say they are large and happy and beautiful!

 

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Books to go with the sunflower theme:

       

 

More activities for young children:

Fun Activities Using Sponges     Salt and Watercolor Painting    preschool math

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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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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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Frozen Sensory Bin for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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