Science Experiments for Preschoolers

Science Experiments from Raleigh Child Care CenterLooking for new creative activities to do with your preschooler? Science experiments are one of the best ways for your child to learn while having fun. You and your child can explore scientific breakthroughs by using a few products found around the house. These 5 science experiments are sure to be a hit with your preschooler.

Lava Lamp experiment

Go and grab a few household materials to try out this awesome science experiment. Your child will love exploring how colored watered and oil work together.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • A clean plastic bottle
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Alka Seltzer tablets
  • Food Coloring

Instructions:

  1. Fill up your clean plastic bottle with a ½ cup of water
  2. Pour vegetable oil into the bottle until it is almost full
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring. Watch as the color sinks into the oil
  4. Break your Alka Seltzer tablet in half and drop half of it into the bottle

Raincloud in a Jar

Making a rain cloud in a jar is a fun and exciting way to teach your preschooler how it rains. This is a perfect at-home activity that you and your child can enjoy together.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • 1 Jar
  • Water
  • Shaving cream
  • Blue food coloring
  • Glass dropper (if your food coloring does not come with one)

Instructions:

  1. Fill the jar about three-quarters full of water
  2. Use the shaving cream to create a cloud on top of the water
  3. Let the shaving cream settle into the water a little
  4. Drop food coloring in the cloud (shaving cream) – As you cloud fills up with water, the food coloring will fall down into the water creating a rain effect

Color Changing Flower

This color changing flower experiment is a crowd favorite. It is a fun and easy science experiment to do with your preschooler. They will love watching their flowers turn beautiful colors.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • White flowers with long stems such as daisies, hydrangeas, or white roses
  • Food Coloring
  • A number of glasses or vases

Instructions:

  1. Fill each glass with water and put 2 to 5 drops of food coloring into each glass
  2. Trim at least a half inch off each stem before putting them into each glass
  3. Keep flowers in a cool place overnight
  4. Watch the changing colors in the petals
  5. Change the water every 2 to 3 days to keep your flowers fresh for longer

Rainbow in a Jar

What child doesn’t want to be able to build their very own rainbow? With just a few household items your little scientist will enjoy watching an empty jar transform into a full rainbow.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • 1 Jar
  • Blue liquid dish soap
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Light corn syrup
  • Olive Oil
  • Food coloring
  • 5 spoons
  • 5 mixing bowls

Instructions:

  1. Make the purple layer by mixing ½ cup of light corn syrup with 1 drop of blue and one drop of red food coloring
  2. Carefully pour it into the bottom of the jar
  3. Carefully pour ½ cup of blue dish soap down the side of the jar
  4. Mix ½ cup of water with 2 drops of green food coloring
  5. Carefully pour the green water down the side of the jar
  6. Gently pour ½ cup of olive oil down the side of the jar
  7. Mix ½ cup of rubbing alcohol with 2 drops of red food coloring
  8. Carefully pour the red rubbing alcohol down the side of the jar
  9. Set your jar down on the table and enjoy your beautiful rainbow

Magic Milk Experiment

The magic milk experiment is a terrific activity to try with your preschooler. This experiment makes super cool color explosions, leaving your child wanting to do it over and over again.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Full fat milk
  • Food coloring
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Cotton swabs

Instructions:

  1. Pour your milk into a baking dish (just over the bottom of the dish)
  2. Fill the top of the milk with drops of food coloring
  3. Mix all the colors up
  4. Pour a little bit of dish soap into a bowl
  5. Touch your swab tip to the dish soap to coat it
  6. Bring the coated cotton swab over to the milk dish
  7. Gently touch the surface of the milk with your soapy cotton swab
  8. Watch the explosion of colors appear in your milk

Preschoolers learn and develop through hands-on activities that promote creativity. At Primary Beginnings Child Development Centers, we value early childhood learning through fun stimulating activities. Contact our North Hills or Spring Forest location in Raleigh to schedule a tour and learn more about our curriculum program.