Science in the preschool classroom

Science in Preschool

Preschoolers are naturally curious about the world around them which can lead to exciting and fun opportunities for learning in the preschool classroom…

Exploring gourds at the discovery table by Teach Preschool

Science is more than just bubbles and magnifying glasses

Often times, preschool teachers shy away from planning for science in the preschool classroom because they are under the impression that science is all about formal experiments and chemical reactions…

Magnifying tools

Discovering our World

In the preschool classroom, think about science in terms of exploring, discovering, and nurturing your preschool students’ curiosity about the world around them…

Cotton ball science by Teach Preschool

Start with a question
When planning for science in your preschool classroom start by asking questions that bring meaningful information to your preschool students. Questions can lead to activities that encourage children to explore, discover, and draw conclusions…

What is inside a pumpkin?
Why are there lines on the pumpkin?
Do all pumpkins have the same shape?

Increase vocabulary
Science activities can help increase descriptive vocabulary. Words such as crunchy, soft, sink, float, juicy, dry, fast, slow, heavy, light, rough, smooth, hot, and cold are just a few examples of words that can be reinforced and help preschoolers gain a better understanding of their world…

Sensory play

Go outdoors

Take students outdoors so they can have real experiences in their world. Go to parks, take nature walks, plant seeds, dig in the dirt, climb on rocks, and feel the air. Go outdoors in all types of weather – each experience will bring new opportunities for learning…
Exploring the outdoors a little more closely | Teach Preschool
Bring the outdoors inside

Bring in items your students can explore such as rocks, shells, seeds, leaves, plants, flowers, fruit, vegetables, dirt, sand, and more. Include a variety of containers filled with objects students can manipulate, count, weigh, and sort…

Exploring the flowers of fall by Teach Preschool

Exploring acorns in preschool - Teach Preschool

Use graphs and charts
Share simple graphs and charts with your students. Design charts that your students can complete independantly and as a group. After completing a chart or graph, invite students to discuss what the information on the chart or graph means. Display the information for students to look at later and to share with their parents.

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Links to Grow On…

To read more on science in the classroom, read this NAEYC article: “Science in the Early Years.”

Planting and Growing Beans

Water Balloon Science

Adding to the Science and Nature Center in Preschool

Graphing the Weather with Preschoolers

Meet Einstien: Science Made Fun in Preschool

Fun with Colorful Bubble Science in Preschool

A Little Milky Science in Preschool

Crunchy Leaf Science in Preschool



By |2014-06-22T14:00:00+00:00June 22nd, 2014|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

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  1. […] get the picture. The point is to talk to your preschooler about what he is doing as he explores the sensory bin. Invite him to engage with you in the […]

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