Preschool Spring Science

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Solar Ovens
Submitted by an Unknown Friend
Line a shoe box with aluminum foil. Next put kabob skewers through the box. Place plastic wrap over the top of the box. Now you can cook marshmallows and hot dogs on a particular sunny day.
Fish Tank Garden
Submitted by Rebecca
Show your children how things grow by planting seeds in a fish tank. Simply put rocks on the bottom of the tank (for drainage), add potting soil (from a local hardware store), and let your children plant seeds in the soil.
Submitted by Julie
Talk to your children about wind. Then ask them if they have ever had anything blow away. On a really windy day. Take your children outside and show them the effect wind has on some ordinary items that they use in their daily lives (paper plate, sheet, etc)
Different Shades of Rainbow Colors
Submitted by Barbra
Give a white ice cube tray to the child and fill the first three holes with red, yellow and blue water. Give the child an eye dropper (or medicine dropper) and let them mix the colors in the empty spaces. This will create many shades of colors.
Clear Garden
Submitted by Tina
Let your children see how plants sprout and then form root systems. Wet paper towels and put them in clear plastic cups. Finally sprinkle radish seed on the paper towel until the seeds are clearly visible. Set the cups in the sun and keep the towels moist, you will have growth in no time
How Far did the Kite Fly
Submitted by Julie
When your children get done flying a kite, instead of rewinding the string to bring it down. Wrap the string around another stick or your hand. When you get it down then you can stretch out the string and show your children how high up the kite was.
Grow A Butterfly
Submitted by Jenni
Find a catterpillar and let it grow and transform into a butterfly!! Your children will love to watch the transformation over time.
How Clouds Move
Submitted by Lisa
Talk to your children about how the wind moves clouds across the sky. Then ask them when they saw the wind at work...blowing dust, rain, a kite, etc.
Flowers Food
Submitted by Judy
Put a white carnation in a cup of colored water (darker color the better) and let your kids see how flowers drink water (the flower will take get its color changed as it takes in the water)
Outdoor Garden
Submitted by an Unknown Friend
If you have the facilities make a real garden for your children in a small swimming pool (punch holes for drainage) They will love to work it just like it's a real garden.
Growing Grass
Submitted by Jackie
Dampen a sponge and then put grass seed on the top of it. Next pour water over the sponge let your children watch as the grass grows over the next few weeks.
Carrot on a String
Submitted by an Unknown Friend
Core out the top of a carrot and put a hole in order to hang the carrot from a string. Hang it somewhere where it can get sun. Have children put water in the cored out top. In a few days your kids will love the results.
Ant Farm
Submitted by Jenni
Get an ant farm and let your kids watch. Them build their many tunnels
Buggy Aquarium
Submitted by Mrs. Kelli
Put a lot of bugs in an aquarium. Make sure the lid fits well. Let your kids watch the bugs. They will enjoy seeing the bugs as well as learn a lot.
Bee Hive
Submitted by Karen
Talk to your children about the intricate workings of a Bee Hive. Tell them about how all of the bees have a specific task and they all have to work together to have a successful Hive.
What Makes a Rainbow?
Submitted by Fran
Talk to your children about what makes a rainbow (light refraction on mist).
Grow Your Name
Submitted by Kelli
Get small boxes, line them with plastic, and fill them with potting soil. Have your children scratch out their name in the soil. Have them sprinkle grass seeds into the name Gently cover it with soil and soon you will have their name growing in a garden
Worm Home
Submitted by Carla
Put gravel at the bottom of a large clear container. Next fill the container with a mixture of potting soil and dry leaves. Finally get a few large earthworms (from outside or a bait store) and put them in your container. Let the earthworms settle into their new home for about a week. Finally, after talking about how earthworms come to the top of the soil when it rains pour water into the container and let your children watch as the earthworms come to the top.
"The Very Quiet Cricket" Cricket Noise
Submitted by Mrs. Kelli
After reading the "The Very Quiet Cricket" get several crickets from a bait shop and let your children watch them make noise. Once your children have seen them take them outside and set them free.
Baggie Garden
Submitted by Valerie
Wet a paper towel, and drop it along with six white beans into a Ziploc bag. Seal the baggie (leaving air in the bag) and put it in your window. Your children will love watching the beans grow.
"The Tiny Seed" Plant
Submitted by Tonya
To go along with the book "The Tiny Seed" plant sunflowers. Plant the seeds in tiny plastic cups with soil (or plastic bags with moist towels) as the seed grows you can show your children how the roots form in the soil and the plant grows above the soil.
Additionally you can graph how many children think their seed will grow and how many will not. Graph their prediction and their results.
Flowers Food
Submitted by Judy
Put a white carnation in a cup of colored water (darker color the better) and let your kids see how flowers drink water (the flower will take get its color changed as it takes in the water)
Head of Grass
Submitted by Cindy
Take knee high hose, sprinkle grass seed in the toes then add potting soil to make about a baseball size. Knot to bottom and trim off the access hose. Place knotted side in a foam cup. Children can decorate this with a face with wiggle eyes, etc. Encourage children to keep it watered. Children will watch their head grow hair.
Worms Gardening
Submitted by Cindy
In sensory table add potting soil and gummy worms with small shovels and hoes.
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