Spring Science Preschool Ideas
There are so many fun things to explore and discover in Spring! Below I've collected a list of 30+ fun Science and Discovery activities to do with your preschoolers in spring!
If you need a little extra inspiration to encourage you to incorporate science into your program, these suggested spring science activities align perfectly with our Spring Science and Discovery Cards!
Let's dig in and explore the spring science ideas!
Tornado in a bottle
Learn more about tornado's this season! Pick up some vortex connectors to create your very own tornado in a bottle.
Check out the directions from Science Kid on YouTube for how to set this up for your students. This is best to set up overnight for spectacular results. Set it up before your students leave, and they'll be so excited to see the result the next morning!
Rain Cloud in a Jar
I love this experiment! It quick, easy, and low cost-using items you probably have around your home or classroom. Check out this YouTube video from Baker Ross with instructions for how you can create this.
Water Cycle in Ziploc Bag
Learn more about the water cycle, by creating your own version inside a plastic bag. Check out these water cycle recourse on our site for directions.
Growing Grass in an Eggshell
This was always a fun spring time favorite in my program. All you need is some grass seed, some potting soil, and egg shells! After your students plant their grass seeds, have them decorate the outside of the shell with a face.
Your student will love tracking the progress of their eggs growing "hair". When the grass is long enough they can give the "hair" a trim!
Dissecting a Flower
Learn more about flowers by dissecting them! If you don't have any in your yard, be sure to ask your clients, or your local florist for some discarded stems.
Color Changing Flowers
This is another classic experiment perfect for spring. All you need are some white flowers (I love carnations or daisies), and some dyed water to create your own custom colored flowers.
DIY Worm Bin
Learn more about vermicomposting by creating your own worm bin! Not only is it fascinating it's also amazing compost for your garden.
Grow Seeds in a Jar
Grow some seeds in a jar so that you can explore roots! Although a jar works just fine, if you wanted to go high tech you could consider a root viewer for your classroom. It's a fun addition to the science space.
Plan and Plant a vegetable garden
One of my great joys each year is planning and planting my garden in the spring. A great STEM project is to have your student plan and plant their very own garden.
Sink or Float Spring Themed Activity
Let's learn about physics! Planning a seasonal sink of float activity is always a lot of fun! Gather spring related and items and test to see if they sink or float. You can try plastic eggs, Flowers, rocks etc. -Don't forget to make a prediction about which items will sink/float before you test!
Outdoor Seed Hunt
Ever wondered how seeds are planted in nature? Well yes, via bird poop is one way, but the wind is another! Grab those magnifying glasses and take a trip outside to find seeds! A fun way to collect seeds is to wrap packing tape (inside out) around your ankles when you go through tall grass-see what you've collected after your walk! You can also tape a large piece of sticky contact paper to a foam board and leave it outside. Observe your finding throughout the day.
Dissolving Peeps Activity
Use various liquids such as vinegar, water, soda, soap, laundry detergent, juice to dissolve peeps. Be sure to make a prediction about which liquids will dissolve the peep!
As a camp-a-holic, I'm a big fan of any science experiment that I can turn into a S'more. For this experiment you can ask your students to guess what they think will happen when you microwave a peep (for some added fun they can draw a before and after photo).
Coffee Filter Flowers
Coffee Filter Flowers are so fun to make and they actually make a lovely Mother's Day Gift. Learn more about the science behind this activity and directions if you need them in this post from from Buggy and Buddy.
Make a Bird Feeder
Observing birds is such a fun spring activity, and after such a wild winter, the birds will be so thankful for your bird feeder!
Build your own nature jar
The next time you head out for a nature walk, grab a jar, or a bottle to collect your specimens! These can be displayed, or used to make a nature collage!
Make your own crayons
Do you have tons of broken stubby crayons laying around? Turn them into new crayons!
Dissect a Bean Seed
If you are planting beans, be sure to fit in this quick and easy exploration to learn more about plants!
Comparing and Sorting Different Seed Types
This is fun activity to learn about different types of seeds. You can sort and compare seeds from common foods your students are used to eating. Where do you find seeds? On the inside? On the outside? For some added fun you can try this free anatomy of kiwi exploration where you dissect a kiwi to learn more about it.
Raise Butterflies or plant a Butterfly garden
Your students will look forward to raising butterflies every year! Plant a butterfly garden, or purchase a butterfly nursery.
Build structures with plastic eggs and play dough
This is a fun STEM building activity! Grab some play dough and plastic eggs, and let the building commence. Encourage your students to plan (draw) what their structure will look like. How many eggs did they use? How tall was their structure? How could they improve it?
Build a Leprechaun trap
With that pesky Leprechaun on the way it's time to build a trap. Gather recycled materials, gold coins and have the children design their own traps. For some added fun you can trip the traps at nap time and leave a fun treat.
Dissolve jelly beans
This is another easy experiment! In this experiment we are going to explore which liquids will dissolve jelly beans. You can try vinegar, water, oil, or other liquids.
What melts in the sun
Gather some spring related items in muffin tin and place in the sun to see what melts.
Backyard Bug Habitat
Create a place to explore bugs in your backyard!
Learn more about Insects by creating your own. Invite the children to build their own insects by providing them a tray of materials such as: google eyes, tissue paper, wax paper, paper cupcake liners, and pipe cleaners
Build a Bird Nest
Learn more about where birds live, by providing materials to build a nest.Consider adding sticks, Dead leaves, grass clippings, yarn, string, feathers and moss.
Decorate a Shopping Bag
With Earth Day happening in April, now is a great time to explore recycling, reusing, and reducing waste. Provide your students with their own canvas shopping bags to customize.
Paper Towel Art
It's time to stock up on the paper towels! Your kids will want to do this over and over. If you have never made paper towel art, you can find a fun tutorial from Messy Little Monster here.
Rainbow Leaf Prints
Gather a variety of large leaves. You can create your prints using a variety of mediums. Here is a tutorial from Baker's showing how to use water colors.
Frozen Flower Discovery
This is another great activity you can create using items you have collected on your walks. Freeze flowers in ice and have the children explore, and use droppers and different techniques to melt the ice. Here is a lovely post from Mom Bright showing how to set this up.
Spring Salt Painting
Salt painting is a fun technique to try out all year long. Never tried it? Check out this Spring Salt Painting tutorial here.
Grow your own geodes
Geodes are super fun to make! You can find a variety of instructions online, including these eggshell geodes, or you can purchase a kit!
Make a Kite
Grab your favorite kite making materials (paper, plastic tablecloths, string, and sticks). You can even make mini kites using craft sticks, or straws!
Make Your Own Bubble solution
Nothing says spring like bubbles! Keep yourself well stocked in bubble solution, by using our recipe to make your own here.
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