Hands-on science for early childhood

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  Published on Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Hands-on science for early childhood

Library Home  >  Arts, Crafts and Activity Ideas
  Published on Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Simple hands-on science projects are a wonderful way to engage preschool children in STEM and to nurture a lifelong interest in learning through exploration and experimentation.

This week we've selected nine simple science projects to try with the children in your early childhood service.

Marbled milk paper – create gorgeous marbled designs with this very hands-on activity which will be interesting to children of most ages.

Oobleck – Like slime but better, slippery and squishy and easy to make. Children love this weird and wonderful stuff!

Swimming spaghetti – make uncooked spaghetti do tricks with this fun and fizzy experiment.

Dancing balloons – This simple interactive activity demonstrates the idea of a vortex, through balloons dancing and hovering in mid air.

Layered liquids – Like an oil and vinegar salad dressing, but with colours and textures to add variation. This is a great experiment to lead talk about weight and density.

Ice sculptures – Ideal for a warm day, this melting ice experiment offers plenty of hands-on opportunities for creativity.

Ooey gooey oily art – Create brightly coloured masterpieces while exploring the scientific ideas of density, polarity, viscosity and more.

Floaters and sinkers – The name says it all, fill a basin with water and experiment with a wide variety of objects. Cheap, easy and very satisfying for children of all ages.

Rainbow wizard's brew – Foamy and colourful this fantastic experiment combines vinegar and baking soda to great effect and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.


These amazing science projects and lots more are available on Babble Dabble DoBoys' Life and The Artful Parent.

This child care article was last reviewed or updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2020



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