Inside: These spring science activities will add some hands-on fun to your classroom with colorful reactions, plant exploration, and more.
Finding science activities that are conceptually appropriate for preschoolers can be a bit of a challenge for educators.
The idea of science in the classroom can make us think of complex information beyond what our preschoolers are developmentally ready for.
However, science doesn’t have to consist of big complications. The best way to incorporate science into early education is by simply letting preschoolers explore materials with their hands and allowing them to ask questions.
Young children process information best through touch, so finding materials that preschoolers can thoroughly inspect with their hands is extremely valuable!
This list of hands-on spring science activities contains ideas that will inspire you to integrate more scientific exploration into your classroom.
Hands-On Spring Science Activities for Preschoolers
- Planting Sunflowers – Each toddler will fill their own cup with dirt and plant a sunflower seed, watering it each day to watch it grow.
- Dissolving Jelly Beans – Sort jelly beans by color and drop them into cups of vinegar to watch the color dissolve. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
- Fizzy Rainbows – Toddlers will squeeze colored vinegar onto trays of baking soda using pipettes to watch the rainbow fizzing reaction. (Play to Learn Preschool)
- Flower Part Sorting – Label cups or trays with the different parts of a flower for preschoolers to sort out the stem, petals, and leaves. (Play Teach Repeat)
- Making it Rain – Drip food coloring through shaving cream and water to create the appearance of rain. (Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station)
- Nature Sink or Float – Have toddlers place different nature materials in a tub of water to see if they sink or float. (My Bored Toddler)
- Rainbow Science – Create colorful baking soda cubes and drip baking soda on top to create a colorful reaction. (Fun-a-Day)
- What Melts In the Sun? – Have toddlers place various items inside of a muffin tin to leave out in the sun and see which items melt. (Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls)
- Exploring Seeds – Provide a variety of seeds from foods that toddlers are familiar with for them to explore. (Teach Beside Me)
- Color Changing Cabbage – Have toddlers help you place cabbage leaves inside of dyed water to watch how the cabbage absorbs the colors over time. (Paging Fun Mums)
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Toddler and Preschool Spring Lesson Plans
We’ve done the work for you! We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for toddlers (18-35 months) AND preschoolers (3-5 years)! Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for spring. Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities! Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners. For more information, click on the graphics below: