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Easy Home Science Experiments for Preschoolers

Experiments are one of the most educational and downright fun things you and your preschooler can to do together. In the comfort of your own home, you and your child can explore the miraculous discoveries made possible with just a few household products. These home science experiments are a great way to creatively introduce your preschooler to science early on in the child development process.

Turning Grapes into Raisins

First up on the list is a real treat. In this experiment, turning grapes into raisins, you can begin teaching your preschooler about food preservation and dehydration. Although turning grapes into raisins can be rather time-consuming, it is the simplest experiment of the bunch and requires little-to-no effort. If your preschooler isn’t aware yet that raisins are in fact, dried up grapes, they’re in for a true surprise.

young child friendly science experimentWhat You’ll Need:

  • Grapes
  • Bowl
  • Patience

Instructions for Turning Grapes into Raisins

  • Pick out some fresh grapes, wash them, and pour contents into a clean bowl.
  • Place the bowl of grapes in a secure, clean spot and leave them out.
  • Check in to see the progress once every few days with your toddler. Over time, the grapes will shrivel up and shrink into raisins.

Homemade Slime

Making slime is a terrific and fun way to begin teaching your preschooler about solid and liquid states of matter. Slime requires children’s glue, which has the active ingredient polyvinyl acetate, a liquid polymer that has the qualities of both a solid and a liquid. The borax links the polyvinyl acetate molecules to each other, so when they’re combined it creates the one large, flexible polymer or slime. This fun, gooey creation is easy to make and doubles as a toy for your preschooler.

What You’ll Need:

  • Water
  • White school glue
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Borax
  • Bowl
  • Plastic bag

Instructions on Making Homemade Slime

  • In one bowl, mix together ¼ cup of water and ¼ bottle of white school glue (1 oz.). If you want to add color to the slime, just add a few drops of your child’s favorite color into the water mix.
  • After mixing, add ¼ cup of Borax to the water and glue until the Borax is dissolved.
  • Mix and stir the concoction and take note of the slime beginning to form. Once the mix has become too hard to stir, knead it with your hands until it feels less sticky.
    After kneading the slime, you and your child are free to play with it.  Keep the concoction in the fridge in a plastic bag and continue using the fun slime for a few more days.

Color Changing Milk

Color changing milk is a super fun experiment to try out and observe with your child. This experiment focuses on the topic of surface tension in science and it will be a blast to watch. Milk is made mostly of water, however, it also contains proteins and vitamins, as well as tiny droplets of fat. The fats and proteins in milk are especially sensitive to change, thus when you hold a soapy Q-tip to the center the molecules are altered. This makes for a cool color explosion experiment you can watch right in your kitchen.

preschooler science experiementWhat You’ll Need:

  • Shallow pan or bowl
  • Whole milk
  • Food coloring
  • Q-tips
  • Liquid dish soap

Instructions for Making Color Changing Milk:

  • Pour milk into your shallow pan or bowl and allow it to settle
  • Add one drop of color from each of the four food colorings into the milk. Place each drop close to the center of the milk.
  • Take a clean Q-tip and touch the tip of the cotton swab to the center of the milk. Be sure not to stir or mix the swab and the milk, just gently touch the swab to it.
  • Put a drop of soap on the tip of the Q-tip now, and repeat process above with one exception – hold the swab in place for 10-15 seconds.
  • Now watch with your child as mini-explosions of color occur in the bowl.

Tornado in a Bottle

Last but not least is the tornado in a bottle science experiment. This super simple, hands-on project is a great way to introduce weather and safety precautions to your preschooler. The motion of spinning the concoction of water and soap in a plastic bottle creates a water vortex that is visually similar to a tornado. Try this intriguing experiment out today to develop your child’s imagination and creativity.

What You’ll need:

  • Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Tall narrow plastic bottle

Instructions on Making a Tornado in a Bottle:

  • Fill bottle with water
  • Add a tiny squirt of dish soap into the bottle
  • Secure the lid of the bottle
  • Shake the concoction

Preschoolers learn through hands-on activities that foster their creativity. At Children’s Campus of Greenville, we value the importance of having safe, educational, and fun child development activities – every day. Contact our Greenville NC daycare today to learn more about the science and art programs integrated in our curriculum. We’ll be happy to schedule a tour for you and your child. Give us a call today at 252-756-8200 to learn more.