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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.