Science Projects for Preschoolers

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

In preschool, kids can get their first exposure to the world of science by working on a project. Read this article for some ideas on how to help them put together their first ideas.

Floating Objects

While out on the playground, preschoolers can learn how different objects fall through the air. Set up a display of different things, such as balls, crayons and pieces of paper. Have each child push the objects off a surface that rests a foot or two off the ground. What are they noticing about the way each objects moves through the air? Are they seeing how a piece of paper floats for a bit instead of the ball that drops directly to the ground?

Expanding Ivory Soap

If you want to put smiles on the faces of the entire class, bring a bar of Ivory Soap (it has to be this brand) into the classroom, and make sure there is a microwave as well. On a safe plate, let all the students watch as you put the bar inside the microwave and turn it on for about a minute and a half. Once the students are done watching the bar expand, you can let it cool and take it out. Have them examine the new material in front of them, and the experiment will turn into playtime!

Grapes and Raisins

Your students have probably eaten both of these as snacks, but have they ever watched the process of a grape becoming a raisin? You can start this on the very first day of preschool, and it requires little effort on your part. Just drop some grapes into a bowl, and over the course of the next two months, you can have the kids check on their progress every day. How are the texture and color of the grapes changing?

Heart Rate

This will get kids thinking healthy right away! When they are up and playing, have everyone stop and feel their heartbeat. Ask everyone how fast it is going, and what the difference feels like compared to other times. Have they ever noticed their own heartbeat before? What other kinds of activities could cause their pulses to increase?

Introducing Kids to Science

For a little advanced work, check out the Science for Kids Course on Pick out some cool topics for your kids to learn about while in preschool to give them a head-start on their education. Lessons on home safety, animal facts and more will keep them entertained and informed throughout the year.

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