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  • Cristi Wuenschel

Science Lab Preschool Theme

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of preschool science activities with text: Science Lab Activity Ideas for Preschoolers

This month we are working on a “Science Lab” unit from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) and it sure looks fun!

We have a Chemistry Lab, Physics Lab, Engineering Lab, and Biology Lab with lots of fun activities.

plastic cups filled with water and oil, flour, or sugar for mixtures experiment

Today our Chemistry lab starts with exploring our senses. We had mystery smells in paper bags. We used Onions, strawberries, and lemons.

We practiced writing our names in glue and sprinkled spices or herbs on it. They chose cinnamon, garlic, or oregano.

Many of them commented on how much they did not like the scents of some of these things like the onion and garlic, but I assured them that if I left it out of the cooking they would definitely know!

preschoolers making texture beach scene at picnic table

Today we talked about and experimented with the states of matter. We had a fantastic discussion about matter being liquid, solid, or gas (we didn’t get into plasma). We ended up talking about how glass and steel are made and we watched videos about those.

It really was a fun conversation. Outside we played with Oobleck, which is made using cornstarch and water. They were fascinated by how it has properties of both solid and liquid making it a “Non-Newtonian Liquid ".

preschooler fingerpainting texture beach scene

We played with mixing things but asked who thought what would happen when we mixed things together. We mixed oil and water, sugar and water, and flour and water.

Their hypotheses were everything from mixing all up to exploding. I wish I had taken vinegar and baking soda with me to make a glitter volcano.

They may have been a bit disappointed that no glitter volcanoes were made but they sure enjoyed seeing what actually happened!

preschooler using hand to make blue ocean on paper

Our art project was a beach scene mixing sand and paint and Mr. Bubbles' bath cream and paint. It's been a fun day!

Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we continue our Science Lab preschool theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).

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