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Michelle Chenault Michelle Chenault 620 Points

What are some unique and engaging science activities that would be helpful for incoming kindergarten students?

Kodi Wilson Kodi Wilson 240 Points

Here is a website with plenty of fun and engaging science activities that are age appropriate for kindergarteners: My favorite that I have seen on this site Making Rain, which allows the students to recreate the water cycle in a bag. I hope this site helped!

Mariam Afshar Mariam Afshar 1185 Points

With my pre-k kids at the school we did the bean in a wet paper towel experiment. They really enjoyed the activity, watching the beans grow and that they got a take home that they did in school. I find that the younger kids like to have evidence of their school life at home.

Heily Rangel Heily Rangel 910 Points

Hello, A great science activity that I have seen in the classroom is allowing the students to play with magnets, magnetic objects, and nonmagnetic objects. The kids find it super fun and it is a great way to introduce magnets! There is also an activity in where the students get an empty water bottle, they put rice inside it along with magnetic and nonmagnetic objects, and then they use a magnet through the outside to move around the magnetic objects.

Justine Sandoval Justine Sandoval 570 Points

There is a website called better that aligns itself with the NGSS standards and format. It helps me get ideas and you can watch videos of how well the lesson works in a classroom along with handouts that you can use. I plan on using this in my classroom for science in order to engages students of all ages.

A great resource that I use is On it, you can specify your students age and the subject level yo uare working with. I know that the website name has 'Pay' in the name, but a lot of the resources that they have is free and it is free to register.

Maritza Grajeda maritza grajeda 1455 Points

When I was working at a an early childhood center, the teacher that I got to work with did a very neat activity for her ocean unit. Students had the opportunity to create their own little ocean using a Ziploc bag, blue hair gel, small shells, and different color fishes. They would first fill the Ziploc bag with blue hair gel and then add the shells and other small ocean animals she provided them with. I hope this helps!

Joseline Echegoyen Joseline Echegoyen 1205 Points

Hi, I believe that in Pre-K is when you can teach anything to your students and they think everything is engaging. The way that they are eager to learn and explore different activities especially in science. Singing is one way you can incorporate while doing a science lesson. For example, when the students sing the itsy bitsy spider you can ask the students how does a spider look like and they can describe you how a spider looks like. and you can teach later on the parts of the spider and incorporate a TEKS that will go with that song.

Malari Finamore Malari Finamore 260 Points

Hello Michelle, The possibilities are endless when it comes to engaging science activities for kindergarteners. I think that any hands-on activity would work well with your students. One that comes to mind is making a simple bird feeder. You can have your students go outdoors, if possible, to find pinecones. If that doesn't work, I know that there are a lot of craft stores that sell them. You can get some sunflower seeds and peanut butter and they can make their own. This is also a great activity for them because they can do it at home as well. I hope this helps.

I teach GA Pre-K and we use science every day. Some of the children bring me science items that they find on the playground. We explore the items together. The children search for the different colors of leaves. They find a lot of leaves with numerous shapes and colors. Now, they add several kinds of nuts. We add up the nuts and also find spots for the squirrels to find them.

Huda Adnan Huda Adnan 820 Points

Whatever it is, should have a lot of movement and interaction for the kids so the lesson is engaging. For example, back in Pre-Teaching, one of my friends did the life-cycle of a butterfly and the kids "danced" and "acted" out the life cycle of the butterfly. It made for an interactive lesson that the youngins could do easily! Good luck!

Kathy Nguyen Kathy Nguyen 1015 Points

I think using play-do is a fun activity where the students can create something. This will be both hands-on and the students can also explore their creativity.

Vanessa Cerrato Vanessa Cerrato 800 Points

For one of my activities I used a bag with a chocolate and had the kids rub their hands to create heat. With the friction created, they were able to melt the chocolate in their hand.

Svetlana Makambila Svetlana Makambila 1065 Points

I think mostly it is hands-on, short activities, as they learn through concrete objects. Lots of fun and mess.

Lindsey Zhang Lindsey Zhang 1175 Points

Students love to watch videos on brain pop. It is super engaging and the students love it. It has tons of different topics. It is a resource that you can use year round.

Claudia Penaranda Claudia Penaranda 950 Points

My kids in P-K did the different parts of an insect. They had to create their own insect by putting together different types of wings, and body parts. They really enjoyed it!

THU TA THU TA 805 Points

Pinterest and 5E science lessons are your best friend!

Michelle Nguyen Michelle Nguyen 1435 Points

Hi there! I found some interesting activities students can do hands-on from pinterest! One forum that I found that is unique and engaging for kindergarten students is to learn about Static Electricity through a butterfly experiment. While looking through this activity, I found it amusing and would definitely incorporate it into my future classroom!As we may know, students can create static electricity just by rubbing their feet on the carpet and touch someone to give them an accidental shock! Maybe this is an idea you can use for your upcoming kindergarten students.

Ling Xu Ling Xu 6458 Points

I have an idea. With the development of the robot, maybe we could design some interesting activities between students and robots. I think students will be interested in the activities. Actually, I hope I could have a kindergarten whose topic is robots and children. I think that will be fun.

Ashley Lane Ashley Lane 190 Points

When engaging kindergarteners in science activities you must present lessons that are engaging and relevant to them. So, through a kindergarten lense, what would be important to you? Since many kindergarteners are interested in the outdoors, maybe incorporate the outdoors in your lesson plans. If you are discussing plants, allow them to go outside and make observations through drawing pictures in a science notebook! If you are preparing for an upcoming solar eclipse, give them the opportunity to go outside during the event to make observations! Ask them questions to further their understanding and engage themselves in deeper meanings of content presented. And most importantly, do not underestimate what a kindergartener is capable of doing and learning!

Lauren Aug Lauren Aug 10 Points

When I am looking for any type of lesson for students I turn to Pinterest. Pinterest has so many great ideas that can be used in the classroom. Here is my science Pinterest board if you need some ideas, I'm glad you bring up science though, because many teachers are not very interested in science which causes the students to be less interested in science in the future. I think for many students doing a science experiment can be one of the coolest experiences in the classroom, it gets them engaged hands on while also learning about the scientific method.

Michelle, through this chat what science activities have you most helpful for kindergarten students?

Melissa Gonzalez Melissa Gonzalez 490 Points

Hello Michelle, This is a challenging question. Children at this age need to be fully engaged to learn, and too often that is not accomplished. I believe that young children are most engaged when playing, or in a playful environment. This is essential for pre-k and kindergarten aged children. In my experience, I search the topic and form some kind of game out of it. This seems to be a winner everytime! For example, when teaching pre-schoolers geography and methods of transportation, I pull out a map point out where we are going and together we figure out how we can get there. This conversation always brings up a plethora of topics and makes gearing the lesson towards the students interest easier. I hope this helped!

Ling Xu Ling Xu 6458 Points

some activities will be great, for example, the ABC books

Ling Xu Ling Xu 6458 Points

I read an article named “ classifying classification”. In the article, the author stresses that the students should do the science but not just learn from the teacher. And then the author sorts the scientific projects into five different categories. In the first part, the author emphasizes the importance of the envolving project. The teacher establishes exceeding expectations, fully meeting expectations, minimally meeting expectations, and not yet meeting expectations. Under the teacher’s help, students could sort their activities into different categories. In the process of students sort their own activities, the teacher would observe students’ activities and see if students could sort them appropriately. The matching task is the second important part of the author’s statement. “Depending on how a teacher introduces them, several tasks can be considered either matching or sorting tasks. Matching occurs when students match new items to an existing item” ( Janice, 2009). Matching task reinforced the language used and created opportunities to create groups with more than one feature, such as “big red circles” and “small blue squares.” What is more, the teacher who used this task at the end of their unit of study on magnets used it as a form of summative assessment. When the teacher planned her next performance task involving classification, she considered what her students had done with this task and whether they were ready for something more complex or whether they needed further experiences with sorting items into distinct groups.

Kia Shields Kia Shields 3432 Points

Hi! Here is a website that gives a lot of kindergarten activities. I actually have done the clouds in a cup with shaving cream and dye with my group and my classmates really enjoyed it!

Miranda Hansen Miranda Hansen 2574 Points

Miranda Hansen Miranda Hansen 2574 Points

I am a junior at UNI. A hands on lesson I have observed for kindergarteners was a planting seeds experiment. Each student planted grass seed in a cup and set them by the window. The teacher put one in the cupboard for no sunlight and another was planted without water. The students enjoyed observing their seeds and watching the teachers plants have trouble.

Eleazar Zuniga Eleazar Zuniga 340 Points

Make a garden outside with your students. They'll get to enjoy the hands-on activity itself while still learning about nutrition and willingness to consume fresh produce. They can also develop a sense of community and responsibility.

Nicolette Hale Nicolette Hale 415 Points

Hi Michelle, An activity I did with toddlers was this Color Changing Milk Experiment. They really enjoyed it. I think it would also be fun with older students in Pre-K and Kindergarten as you can promote scientific thinking with them and the concept of cause and effect.

Lindsey Huynh Lindsey Huynh 660 Points

Hi, I'm a student teacher in Kindergarten and I think a great engaging activity to do on the first day is to ask students to draw what they think a scientist looks like. My professor did this activity with my class followed along with an open discussion. This will help the students build on their prior knowledge, and get them interested in what science will consist of. Another engaging activity can be taking your students outside and telling them how they encounter science every day!

Gladys Gonzalez Gladys Gonzalez 610 Points

Hello, One activity I saw in a Kindergarten classroom I observed was when the students were learning about magnets. The students found it astonishing that a magnet can attract or repel to different things. The teacher had a mini-lesson over magnets then gave each students a magnet and let them explore around the classroom. The students were given about 10 minutes to explore with their magnets. Then the students were given the opportunity to share what they learned with the class. This activity was hands on which the kindergarteners loved!

Rachel Steadman Rachel Steadman 220 Points

Hi Michelle, I am currently a student teacher in a 2nd grade class, however, last semester I was a teachers assistant for a kindergarten class. One fun and engaging science activity we did was making play-dough. Each student got the chance to come up to the bowl that the play-dough was being made in, feel and observe it. They were learning about physical properties at this time, so using their 5 senses to observe the play dough really helped them understand physical properties! At the end of the day, they got to bring home their own bag of play-dough!

Alice Duncan Alice Duncan 10 Points

Hi, Michelle. I recommend colorful worksheets for preschoolers. Preparing for kindergarten and school is easy. It is best to attract the attention of a child in a playful way. I can recommend where I download daily free useful materials for my son. Next year we will have classes in kindergarten, and my child is already used to regular training sessions and it does not seem boring to him.

Kathy Malone Kathy Malone 2685 Points

Hi Michelle, This article might give you some ideas: Curiosity + Kindergarten = Future Scientists Plus, in the science and children journal there is a section called the Early Years which focuses on science activities pK-2. If you search "The Early Years" you will obtain a large list of postings. Kathy

Taylor Simspson Taylor Simpson 505 Points

Thank you! This was very helpful in my lesson planning! Great ideas were in the article.

Shelby Royer Shelby Royer 980 Points

Very helpful for lesson planning.

Brenda Del Valle Brenda Del Valle 1215 Points

Extremely helpful. I plan on using the ideas on future lesson planning.

Ling Xu Ling Xu 6458 Points

I agree with your idea, which is excellent

Ellen Watters Ellen Watters 595 Points

From the semester I spent with kindergarten students, I have found that they are very hands-on. I would suggest maybe exploring the environment around them and relating it to the sorts of science they will be learning about. For instance, taking them on a walk around the building and talking about living vs. nonliving things they see, weather, etc. The more they can dive into it, the more I would think they would a foundational interest in science.

Meaghan Charles Meaghan Charles 180 Points

Getting the students out and about is a must! Not only are they able to use their own senses out in the environment, they also get a little physical activity and can release some built up energy. I love taking my preschoolers outside on nature walks and asking them questions about what we see. It would even be cool to take pictures of different living and non-living things and print them off so that the students can sort them when they get back to the classroom.

Mariam Afshar Mariam Afshar 1185 Points

Great point! Younger students do enjoy exploring their environments and really get into nature and experiements having to do with nature. If you want to startoff small, try collecting evidence from nature such as interesting leaves, grass, flowers, bark etc. then they can do rubbings and learn about the characteristics.

Heily Rangel Heily Rangel 910 Points

That is very true, younger kids are very good at learning with hands on activities. They understand better and cannot be still when working with worksheets.

Marion Harvey Marion Harvey 1010 Points

Ellen, Thank you for posting! We sometimes for get just exploring outside with students helps them experience science, and they don't even realize it! -Clare

Adriana Garcia Adriana Garcia 4685 Points

This sounds like a great idea. It really gets them excited about what they will be exploring throughout the whole year. I would also ask the students what they would like to learn about either in context of what they are going to learn or something out of the box. You might get that one child who really knows a lot about one thing and to encourage and support that interest would really get that child interested in what they have to learn.

Brenda Del Valle Brenda Del Valle 1215 Points

I completely agree with this. The more students explore the environment and the things around them it becomes more interesting for them.

Lizete Guerra Lizete Guerra 935 Points

I really like this idea, Ellen! It might even be nice to sit outside on the ground or the grass in a circle afterwards to discuss what they observed. That way the students can point out exactly what it was that they observed so that other students can see it too.

Daisy Mendoza Daisy Mendoza 885 Points

I agree with you, children are very hands on and what better way to learn than by having authentic activities for them.

Jingjing Heng Jingjing Heng 2570 Points

Yeah, you are right. It will be a great help to them understanding the science.

Marissa Berger Marissa Berger 3819 Points

Ellen, I agree with you that the younger ages are more interested in hands-on activities. They love the environment, like what is surrounding us on Earth. They find animals and plant fascinating and they would be engaged in what you are teaching. I found your ideas very interesting and if I work in a kindergarten classroom, I will most definitely take some of these ideas into mind. I am glad you have shared those with us. Thank you! Overall, great job!

Rachel Steadman Rachel Steadman 220 Points

I think that taking them on a walk outside to explore their environment is a great way to get young kindergarteners engaged. I also think that fun hands-on activities such as making play-dough or slime can be fun to introduce the concept of observations to the students. When making play-dough, they can describe what it feels like, looks like, and smells like. This will engage the students in using their five senses, which is a great foundational base for science learning.

Nancy Wright Nancy Wright 415 Points

I agree with Ellen. The more that you can integrate the world around in them into a tangible lesson, the more engaged and confident the kindergartners will be in the lesson. Maybe try taking a class poll and starting an inquiry based project based off of what they are excited to learn about in their environment.

Nancy Wright Nancy Wright 415 Points

I agree with Ellen. The more that you can integrate the world around in them into a tangible lesson, the more engaged and confident the kindergartners will be in the lesson. Maybe try taking a class poll and starting an inquiry based project based off of what they are excited to learn about in their environment.

Peggy Ashbrook Margaret Ashbrook 10953 Points

I agree that exploring the world around them is an engaging way to teach science ideas and practices in a developmentally appropriate way! Thank you for the shout out to my Early Years columns, Kathy. I write a companion blog for NSTA at You can find many of the Early Years columns in a collection in the Learning Center. Some are free to non-members. The Early Years column, preK-grade 2 This collection of The Early Years columns can be used to find activities for young children (PreK-grade 2) to be part of the on-going science inquiry that is already happening in your classroom. Use these activities to continue your students' thinking and learning about a concept or topic they are investigating. Visit The Early Years blog at to find pictures and more discussion about teaching science in early childhood. Look to the NSTA Position Statement on Early Childhood Science Education for the most up-to-date understanding of how young children learn. It is written for teachers of preK but it all applies to Kindergarten students too. Have a wonderful year! Peggy

Lavender Rui Qin Lavender Rui Qin 5772 Points

Thank you for the resources! I really appreciate your works on The Early Years!

Peggy Ashbrook Margaret Ashbrook 10953 Points

Another support for kindergarten teachers who may have children who are not yet fluent in English: Karen Nemeth addresses how teachers can make science learning meaningful for children who don’t speak the same language:

Angela Ayala Angela Ayala 1315 Points

Margaret, Thank you for this resource, there were plenty of strategies that I think will come in handy when I begin teaching. Especially since I hope to be placed in a bilingual classroom.

Lavender Rui Qin Lavender Rui Qin 5772 Points

Thank you for the resources for (dual language learners) DLLs!

Allison Shinners Allison Shinners 120 Points

I believe, especially with science lessons, that the students can help direct the curriculum through their natural interests. Begin a conversation about what they are interested in and make that into a concrete lesson. For example, Frozen is really big right now so make the natural connection from that to a lesson on snow and ice. Investigate how water can transform to these, find out what it feels like, learn about snow flakes, weather related to snow etc. If they are directing the lessons, they will be much more engaged and take much more from it.

Jennifer Clark Jennifer Clark 425 Points

This is such a great idea. I would have never thought to use the movie Frozen for the weather portion of the Science standards. I think this is very relevant and could be the theme of a lot of great lessons, especially for those of us teachers that live in places that do not snow. Now it is time to post some frozen themed worksheets we can integrate into math and literacy. Thanks for the idea! 

Katrice Trego Katrice 755 Points

Wow! This is such a great idea! I never thought to make this connection with Frozen! This is such an applicable idea for so many different content areas. I have an upcoming lesson with physical science and want to do something similar. I will aim to find students interests and build an interactive lesson similar to yours and Frozen! Thank you for the help!

Malorie Fenwick Malorie Fenwick 870 Points

I love this idea. Students are still talking about this movie and it would be a great way to talk about weather and snow. This would really help the students to get engaged and make a connection.

Donna Arellano Donna Arellano 945 Points

What a great idea! I believe that students' interests should always be taken into account when designing a lesson.

Emily Desloge Emily Desloge 60 Points

Kindergarteners are very hands-on learners, and their attention spans can be maintained the most effectively by doing activities that are very engaging for each of them. With the changing seasons, I think doing an activity outside, noting the changes occurring in nature and having each of them make observations, would be a great activity to do with the students! This is a topic that can cross-curricular as well, and the knowledge students gain in this area could be used to make connections in other areas of learning.

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McKenzie Pike McKenzie Pike 120 Points

What are some scientific topics that Kindergarteners usually love?

Lane Martinez Lane Martinez 160 Points

Mckenzie here is a helpful site I have found for fun scientific activities to plan for your classroom! The common science topics I have found that kindergarteners love are animals, ocean, the 5 senses, weather, gardening, and many more. Hope this helps :)

Heily Rangel Heily Rangel 910 Points

Learning about insects, magnets, shadows, and the solar system.

Lane Martinez Lane Martinez 160 Points

What is a fun and easy way for kindergarteners to learn how to wash their hands?

McKenzie Pike McKenzie Pike 120 Points

Lane, some ways that I have found work well with younger students when it comes to washing their hands is letting them know about germs and what they can do, repetition and making hand washing fun. If you explain to them that if they don't wash their hands they will collect bad germs and then get sick and have to miss out on fun activities like playing outside then they will make sure to wash their hands. Another way that kids usually love is singing. If you sing fun songs to help remind them they will really get into it and maybe even want to wash their hands. Repetition is key in helping kids learn new things so that is the key thing to remember. Good luck!

Carley Knipe Carley Knipe 195 Points

Lane, I currently work at a pre-school and one of the ways we teach kids how to wash their hands is to sing the ABC's. This helps students make sure they are scrubbing their hands long enough. I have also heard of teachers using Glo Germ, which is a lotion that students can put on their hands. Glo Germ is used before or after the students have washed their hands. Their hands are then put under a blacklight which will cause all of the germs that are still on their hands to light up. This is a great way to visually show the students all the germs that are on their hands. Glo Germ can be purchased at I hope this helps teach your students about germs! :)

Mariam Afshar Mariam Afshar 1185 Points

I would explain the importance of having clean hands, talk about germs and what they can do, then put handwashing into the daily routine. Even put it in the daily schedule, usually before eating, after going outside, when you first enter the classroom and always after bathroom time, then you can explain how washing hands can also get paint, glue etc. off.

Heily Rangel Heily Rangel 910 Points

Hello, You can have the students sing along to the happy birthday song while they wash their hands!

Kodi Wilson Kodi Wilson 240 Points

Does anyone know of a fun hands-on science activity for elementary students that involves the solar system?

Peggy Ashbrook Margaret Ashbrook 10953 Points

Kodi, It will be easier to recommend resources if we knew what concepts you want the children to learn about the Solar System and which grades you are teaching. Scroll down to page 8 to see where learning about the Solar System is a grade level expectation in the Next Generation Science Standards. Peggy

Christina Killeen Christina Killeen 500 Points

I taught Kindergarten for 12 years and my son in currently in Kindergarten.  He just started a unit on pushes and pulls.  They sorted objects into push, pull, or both.  They did this with real objects and pictures.  They tested out force on an object.  They tried pushing things on different surfaces to see if that impacted how far the object went or the speed.  He has had a ton of fun as everything has been hands on and very relevant to him.


Talking About Forces (Book Chapter)

Pushes and Pulls (Book Chapter)

Stephanie Matzen Stephanie Matzen 1435 Points

I have students that are special ed but we use a lot of Kindergarten TEKS. One way that we get our students to explore weather is by using the website on Joey's Locker. The students are able to come to the board and participate by recording the weather everyday. They can also feel water to represent rain, feel a fain to represent wind and touch a hot towel to represent heat from the sun.

George Mehler George Mehler 1575 Points

Kodi, Here are some video demonstrations regarding the solar system. It is hard for students to grasp the enormity of the solar system, so perspective is key. These videos show activities and demonstrations that can easily be incorporated into the classroom. All of the videos on the FunScienceDemos YouTube channel (where these videos are located) are common core aligned and cover a wide variety of topics that students should know before high school.  Here is the link to the playlist of Solar System videos Best of luck,  Dr. George Mehler Ed.D., Temple University 

Betty Paulsell Betty Paulsell 48560 Points

Thank you for sharing this YouTube website. It makes explanations about the earth so simple for small children!!!

Karly Gibberman Karly Gibberman 1635 Points

I would recommend anything with movement. For example, model how to act out the water cycle with students, the cycle of a butterfly, or use onomatopoeias and movement to describe weather. The younger students love any chance that they get to be up and moving. Students are sometimes unaware that they are learning when they are involved in movement because they enjoy it so much. 

Gethsemani Rodriguez Gethsemani Rodriguez 1435 Points

I would recommend that you do something that has them moving or experimenting with stuff to teach them science. I have seen a classroom where students just do worksheets and the poor kindergarten are so bored and act out. 

Thy Van thy van 1565 Points

What Great activities! I can't wait to use them in my class when I graduate!

Judy Avellaneda Judy Avellaneda 1245 Points

A lot of the times pinterest has some really neat and engaging activities that you can implement in a classroom.

Yvonne Carrasco Yvonne Carrasco 945 Points

Very unique post. Extremely helpful for my pre-service. 

Chelsea Duncan Chelsea Duncan 1570 Points

Great resources and ideas! I can't wait to use them in my classroom! 

Anny Keys Anny Keys 1135 Points

Some activities that I have seen used in the classroom are brain breaks. These breaks are helpful to allow students to get their wiggles out. Another activity that I have seen used int he classroom are fun rhyming games that allow students t interact with one another in a friendly and cooperative manner. 

Heily Rangel Heily Rangel 910 Points

Brain breaks are awesome!

Sharouq Zabarah Sharouq Zabarah 660 Points

nice ideas!

Leslie Bolton leslie bolton 405 Points

great idea

Andrea Villalobos andrea villalobos 525 Points

Hi, I really found this post super interesting. I was able to see some activities of the web sites that you provide. They have really good resources. I love the way that you mentioned how to incorporate hands-on activities with themes especially the frozen theme to work with weather. Another hands-on activities that I really like for kindergarten is developing activities with the nature environment, such as: looking diversity of leaves and flowers and giving the opportunity to students to develop their senses.

Jessica Chavez jessica chavez 545 Points

Hello Michelle,  I suggest you check out this website, I especially like the project Rainbow Wizard's Brew. Some of the projects are a bit messy, but that could be a perfect reason to take your little ones outdoors. 

Melissa Leal Melissa Leal 1465 Points

I am a student teacher and I did my first 5E lesson about the 5 senses. Students loved being able to explore with random objects and categorizing them into the group that helps the most when using it (i.e. fuzzy ball into touch, cheerios into taste). 

Emilia Espitia Emilia Espitia 825 Points

I believe anything that involves play, movement, music, and hands-on activities is a great lesson for the younger ones! Plan every lesson around play, they are too young to sit for long periods of time and do worksheets or listen to you talk. If all else fails, dig into pinterest!!!! It has been my best friend as a student teacher this year! Good Luck!

Nicole Feoli Nicole Feoli 580 Points

   There are many ways to grab a kindergarteners attention. When applying science activities in the classroom, kindergarteners love to move around and do hands-on activities. Children tend to learn more through fun experiments, rather than listen to a lesson being taught on a chalkboard. For example, a great activity for incoming kindergarteners would be a scavenger hunt! This could involve students searching for items related to the science unit. It forms a number of skill such as motor skills, listening skills, the process of thought, and communication skills.    Another great activity could be anything that involves bright colors or quick movements. Children become intrigued with the most simpliest activities. For example, you could create a tornado in a bottle. The only items you'll need is water, a plastic water bottle, glitter, and dish washing liquid shaking the bottle with he materials will cause a water vortex that looks like a mini tornado. This teaches the students what a tornado may look like with their eyes never leaving the bottle!

Nadia Manasia Nadia Manasia 1765 Points

These are great resources. I would really use them in my future classroom. Very helpful.

Danielle Bergstrom Dani Bergstrom 1160 Points

Interesting post!

Danielle Bergstrom Dani Bergstrom 1160 Points

Great post!

Stewart Byrd Emily Giesinger 710 Points

We did a couple of activities using apples.  After we were finished with the apples, we kept two in the science center and observed the apples decompose.  The students really enjoy it and are shocked to see how it changes size. 

Isairis Gonzalez Isairis Gonzalez 1075 Points

In Kindergarten it's all about getting dirty! Don't be afraid to let them get dirty (as long as they are learning). Let them play and learn, it's the best way to get them to learn.

Veronica Temple Veronica Temple 535 Points

These are really helpful. It is hard to come up with such activities on my own.

HeeJu Shin HeeJu Shin 870 Points This is a little bit messy, but it looks like a fun activity

Marisol Diosdado Marisol Diosdado 1260 Points

This is a great idea, students are more engaged when the lesson relates to their interests. 

Daniela Rosselli Daniela Rosselli 575 Points

Kindergarten students love learning science. Anything that is hands on is great for them. If it is different and not just book work, they will like it. Another thing is that they love to explore, so taking them outside or in the school garden, if you have one, is a great idea. 

Tori Pinkston Tori Pinkston 995 Points

Here are some more ideas: . Another great way to incorporate science into the classroom is to simply have a class plant or pet that they will get to constantly observe! Another idea that a friend did in her classroom was to study the life cycle of a pumpkin throughout the October and thanksgiving months, maybe even grow your own pumpkin!

Melissa Ruiz Melissa Ruiz 495 Points

There are a lot of hands activities that you can do with kindergarteners. You can have them create their own snowflakes. Or you can read the hungry  Catapillar and teach students about transformation. There are a lot more activities you can find in

Marisela Morales Marisela Morales 980 Points

Hi Melissa!  These are grateful resources for kindergartens. Thank you for posting.

Aubree Kiessling Aubree Kiessling 1365 Points

Thank you for creating this thread and so many people sharing great activities and lessons! I can't wait to use some of these in my kindergarten classroom!

Lauren Galindo Lauren Galindo 375 Points

With kindergarteners having an activity that physically involves them is great. I love the idea of having a school garden where students can plant flowers or vegetables and tend to their plants over time. If planting vegetables, you can even take it one step further by creating a menu based on those vegetables and teach students about health conscious food decisions.

Margot Jacobs Margot Jacobs 650 Points ^^^ great blog with activities and tips for early science instruction!

Margot Jacobs Margot Jacobs 650 Points

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Earth and Human Activity. Start them early!

Melissa Nichols Melissa Nichols 340 Points

What are some good science activities to do with children who are in the grades K-3?

Brittney Ronayne Brittney Ronayne 975 Points

Great ideas!

Elizabeth Rodriguez Elizabeth Rodriguez 915 Points

I would honestly look into ideas on Pinterest. It's a really great site with tons of ideas for science teaching in the elementary classroom. I would definitely try something that is super engaging and hand-on to keep the student's interest, especially since it is kinder students.

Jennifer Rosales Jennifer Rosales 830 Points

These are all really great ideas!! Thanks!!

Michelle Guzman Michelle Guzman 1420 Points

I worked with kindergarten on a lesson regarding weather. It was conveniently a day that was very overcast- which is often rare in Arizona. We went outside and talked about ways that we can tell what kind of weather we're having. I started it out talking about how do we know if we're going to wear big coats, or rain boots, or short sleeves to school. We talked about looking outside and observing the weather; if we see it raining, we don't wear flip flops. We discussed the weatherman/lady on tv and how their job is to interpret the weather.  We talked about how if the clouds are grey we can assume there may be rain coming. Then we had them illustrate pictures, one of how the weather looked outside and one of how the weather looks in another place (could be a family members house; snow or someones favorite place where it was warm) They really go into the discussions we had and it was great to introduce weather.

Alyssa Heater Alyssa Heater 875 Points

The bean and wet paper towel experiment sounds like a fun and engaging lesson for the students. 

Kimberly Dempsey Kimberly Dempsey 870 Points

One experiment that I saw for kindergartners was on the topic of air and how it takes up space. There were many hands on parts of the activity, including trying to crush crackers in a bag that was filled with air, and using a tub of water and a cup with a paper towel to show how air can prevent the towel from getting wet. Allowing the students to predict and then perform the experiment gives them the chance to be little scientists for the day. I hope this helps!

Alexis Williams Alexis Williams 900 Points

Something I found that my students really enjoyed was looking at living and nonliving things and getting hands on experiences while they learned. Other teachers brought in chicks, goats, cats and dog to show students what living things were. Later, students were challenged to find 4 nonliving things in their home and share them with the class.

Kristine DePuma Kristine DePuma 805 Points

From what I have seen, when it comes to science particularly, students love to participate in hands-on activities. They enjoy being able to explore and be given time to investigate why things happen the way that they do. When I taught a science lesson over photosynthesis, my students liked having the opportunity to go outside and look at plants more closely. You can find great ideas from pinterest, teachers pay teachers, and many veteran teachers at your school. 

Neyra Hanley Neyra Hanley 915 Points

Hello, Pre-k students love to do hands on activity. During my observations I saw how one kinder teacher used to take the students outside to observe caterpillars and butterflies.Children at this age love to explore so any science concept you introduced that's hands on,they will love it. Good luck! 

Griselda Ibarra Griselda Ibarra 975 Points

From my personal experience I can tell you that students at this age love to do things that involve being more hands-on. One particular science experiment that I have seen work with this age group is growing a bean plant. All you need is a clear plastic cup, soil, beans,  and water. Doing this experiment will help your students learn about what they need in order to grow a plant. I hope this helps! Good Luck!!

Jessica Williams Jessica Williams 1125 Points

I think any hands on activities that the students can do will be engaging. Letting the students explore around them that it related to science will be fun. 

Heather Grimes Heather 730 Points

From my experience with student teaching in kindergarten, it is very important to include a lot of hands on activities! They love to be moving and they learn much better when they are able to experience it. For example, we took the class outside to learn about weather patterns/seasons and living/nonliving. When making plans for any lesson I always try to include at least one hands on activity.

Emily Puttock Emily Puttock 125 Points

Of course, you are right! The best way to  attach to science and interest is to make very interesting games for children to show all process in the nature, to give him made something by theirself. 

Elizabeth Alarcon Elizabeth Alarcon 630 Points

There are so many activities to do with little kids that they would love. One that is on my top list is making the ooze that is a 4th stage of matter. Kids get amazed when they see the substance hard like a solid then watery like a liquid. It is a great simple topic with a fun interactive activity. Another great activity is the balloon and rubbing it on the student's hair. Kids will go crazy over this and are full with questions. I remember doing this when I was in kinder and just having a great time!!

Vanessa Narciso Vanessa Narciso 555 Points

I totally agree! children need to explore some more! The school I did my hours this semester did not have many natural areas outside but they are building a garden which gave me lots of new ideas to engage children in science activities related to the garden! I believe that having some time outside of the classroom will spark their interest; especially in science! 

Emma Meloy Emma Meloy 495 Points

I completely agree! It is great to use the resources you do have to help children understand life and growth in plants. I think the garden would be an awesome experience for all children. I found this even simpler idea that children could eat up! It makes them active in the experiment, and they learn!

Rebecca Westhouse Rebecca Westhouse 135 Points

Kindergartners will get engaged in anything hands on in science. Bringing them out into their environment to learn is most beneficial and creates concrete learning.

Seraphim Major Seraphim Major 425 Points

I think a great science activity to do with Kindergarten students would be a unit on living and non living things. You can have several different stations, with different activities, from hands on, coloring pages, large group discussions. Then you can assess your students daily on living and non living things.

Peggy Ashbrook Margaret Ashbrook 10953 Points

I suggest beginning with a simple activity that will be part of an on-going investigation that can last for months, such as exploring the properties of water. I wrote about a few ideas and listed resources in the NSTA Early Years blog: On June 29 I will be presenting in the next NSTA Virtual Conference on June 29, along with another NSTA author, Christine Royce. The conference is three hours long (with breaks) and begins at 10 am ET. The registration fee includes one of our books...your choice! Visit this website for more information and to register: Beginning the year with an activity that is so engaging provides opportunities for us to assess our incoming students skills and needs as they learn.

Mindy Gonzalez Mindy Gonzalez 490 Points

Last year, my kindergarten students became meteorologists. We made binoculars out of duct tape and toilet paper rolls, we read the cloud book by Eric Carle, we created an anchor chart together by stretching cotton balls and gluing them to a poster. We labeled the type of cloud it was and what type of weather may come with it. We went outside and investigated the cloud types through our "binoculars". The students drew a picture of what they saw in their journal. The following day, the students gave an "overview" of what the weather was like the day before and the clouds they encountered. I did this with a green screen background, so they actually looked like little weather reporters! I had brought in an umbrella, beach towel and sunglasses, and a winter hat and gloves for them to "dress up" The students loved the activity! We finished the unit with watching the movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs! This was done in 3 days. The students were so excited to continue, that was what got them through the morning routine until science time!

Ellen Prevish Ellen Prevish 1045 Points

Something that one of my cooperating teachers did to teach her kindergardeners about living and nonliving things was to taking nature walks. The kids LOVED it because it got them up and moving and they were also able to touch some of the different things the saw outside. She would ofter point out different objects outside and ask the students if they thought it was living or non-living.

Jessica Hill Jessica Hill 965 Points

I found this 'sink or float' lesson that might be a fun experiment for your students!

Sarah Deane Sarah Deane 170 Points

I agree Jessica. I did a lesson on Sink or Float with my Kindergarten class and they loved it. The students enjoyed learning about predictions and had enjoyed sharing there thoughts on the object they were testing. I had the students test object in nature (branches, seeds, sticks, leaves, wood, bark) some of the objects even surprised me. It was interesting to hear the students explanations. For example "I know the leaves will float because I see them floating in ponds and pools." The class loved the hands on activity. Breaking the class into groups and having a bucket of water and different objects at each table is a great way to do this.

Michelle Abbott Michelle Abbott 890 Points

I think taking a walk and discussing living and non living things is a great activity for many reasons. One reason is they can get up and move instead of sitting in their seat all day. Two, is fresh air. Three, they are learning and still having fun at the same time. Reminds me of our biology class we had! I had tons of fun and remember a lot about the days we went outside. Which is yet another benefit for the students, since they will most likel rememer the information since they are enjoying it.

Dayse Pena Dayse Pena 880 Points

A kindergarten teacher at the elementary school I am at, recently taught her students how to create their own balances with a hanger, rod, string, and marbles.

Svetlana Makambila Svetlana Makambila 1065 Points

I think exploring "5 senses" using different materials and the environment is fun

Alicia Mickleboro Alicia Mickleboro 535 Points

I have worked with children for many years now and I found you can never go wrong with nature walks! The kids love them and they are fun for the teachers too. Not to mention it gets you out of the classroom for a little while.

Courtney Coupe Courtney Coupe 375 Points

having kids make their own play-dough is a great way to teach them chemical reactions and it also gives you play=dough to use in the classroom throughout the year!

Gabrielle Goeller Gabrielle Goeller 835 Points

When working with kindergartners one semester at an all girls school we did an experiment to talk about why it rains. It was done on a very basic level but the girls loved it! We read a few books about rain and precipitation. The main idea was that the clouds were made up of tiny drops of water and when they became too heavy or too full, the tiny drops formed together and fell as rain to the Earth. This idea was then represented by doing a demonstration. The students were put into small groups for centers and I worked with only 4-5 girls at a time. We made a mason jar cloud by filling a mason jar about 3/4's of the way with water (we put sparkles in it just for fun) and then topping it with a shaving cream cloud. Then, we took food coloring and dropped some onto our cloud until it started to change colors and get too full. The food coloring represented the water droplets. Eventually, the shaving cream would become too full of the food coloring and start dripping down into the water (representing the sky). The food coloring would look like rain. The girls had fun adding the food coloring and they mentioned that the shaving cream cloud changed colors as it got full just like real clouds get darker when it is going to rain.

Grace Ann Burr Grace Ann Burr 855 Points

One idea I like, which someone else may have posted, is an activity called 'walking water'. You have five clear, plastic cups all lined up next to each other, all half full of water. In between each cup you put a paper towel that is immersed on both ends in the two different cups. In the first cup you add some red food coloring. In the third cup you add some yellow food coloring. In the last cup you add blue food coloring. Leave the second and fourth cups alone with just Let the cups sit and eventually the the color will 'travel' from the first cup to the second cup and from the third cup to both the second cup and fourth cup. The color in the fifth cup will travel to the fourth cup and the sixth cup. When it is done you will have a rainbow of colors in front of you as the red and yellow will have made orange and the yellow and blue will have made green. So from left to right you will have red (from the color), orange (from the mix), yellow (from the color), green (from the mix), and blue (from the color).

Alyssa Baum Alyssa Baum 865 Points

I am currently a preservice teachers and at one of the elementary schools, where I have class, the kindergarteners are actively involved with the schools living garden. Every Friday, the class goes out and makes observations about what the changes they see in the garden. In a couple of weeks, the students will be creating radish buddies. These are essentially radish seeds pushed into a wet cotton ball in a jewelry bag. The students will be creating hypotheses about what they think will happen to the seeds, as well as what all is required for plants to grow. These buddies will eventually begin to germinate and rid the students of their misconceptions about what is required for a seed to germinate.

Adam Raabe Adam Raabe 555 Points

I remember about that age I was fascinated by an experiment where we would ball up a paper towel in a cup, making sure it would stay when the cup was flipped over. We would then flip the cup and push it straight down into the water, then pull it out to show a completely dry towel. This is a good way to show that air itself takes up space. I did this experiment about 50 times because of how amazed I was at the results. You can then follow it up by completely submerging the cup and flipping it right side up underwater to show the bubbles that rise to the surface, further illustrating the point.

Our theme is Fairy Tales. One of my favorite activity is to read the book Jack and the Beanstalk. We discuss the beanstalk in the book. I ask the question Do you think that it is true for a beanstalk to grow overnight? The children ponder over the question. We plant the beanstalk the next day. We talk about the items that we need for the planting-cup, dirt, beans, and water. We made a chart with all of the children's names and days. Every day, we check the progress of the beanstalk. Another extension, the children draw a picture of the beanstalk's planting.

Lori Canfield Lori Canfield 155 Points

I attended a workshop for early childhood science and my favorite take-away was the 'discovery bottles'.  I made one with magnatized itmes inside and then the children could use a magnet to move things around in the bottle.  I also saw that a teacher put tiny magnet letters inside the bottle and the children used a magnet to move them around and identify a specific letter. You can find more information here:

Chih-Hsuan Chao Chih-Hsuan Chao 895 Points

There are so many kindergarten science activities. I did my chicken life cycle lesson last week, and I design a chicken life cycle paper plate activity for my students. They loved it!

Ashli Wells Ashli Wells 945 Points

For one of my lessons I am doing The Very Hungry Caterpillar book box. This will help the students learn about the life cycle of the caterpillar.

Peggy Ashbrook Margaret Ashbrook 10953 Points

Children love that book, especially the illustrations! Eric Carle himself noted that he included a misconception--that all caterpillars make cocoons when they pupate before emerging as adult butterflies. Some caterpillars make a cocoon and some form a chrysalis. When children observe an actual animal, such as the caterpillar of a Cabbage white butterfly, as it changes from tiny caterpillar to larger caterpillar to chrysalis to adult butterfly, they can connect their actual observations to what they read and see in both fiction and nonfiction books.

Hannah Bennett Hannah Bennett 1740 Points

For TEKS concerning force and momentum, I put air into a Ziploc baggie, and we made a graph of who thought a light book dropped or slammed would pop the the baggie as well as a heavy book dropped and slammed would pop the baggie. The activity was engaging adn a great way to introduce new vocabulary.

Jingjing Heng Jingjing Heng 2570 Points

Thank you. It's a good idea to introduce new vocabulary.

Corina Chen Xusha (Corina) Chen 555 Points

A fun activity related to science that would get kindergarten students excited to learn is to first read them a book or show them a video related to the unit/topic you are going to teach first. Then you could have them do a small project related to this...for example, if your first unit related to weather, you could have them do a small art project with cotton balls and colorful construction paper to make common weather patterns (sunny, rainy, cloudy).

Brittany Collins Brittany Collins 1185 Points

These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Jingjing Heng Jingjing Heng 2570 Points

Hi, Brittany. I agree with you. Haha

Alexis Hartzell Alexis Hartzell 2405 Points

Many of the schools that I have been in actively involve students in a gardening unit. The students explore the garden, observe within the garden, plant in the garden, and observe the changes in the garden! The students really seem to enjoy doing this and making the garden their own!

Lesley Cooper Lesley Cooper 835 Points

I am currently student teaching in a preschool classroom and we recently did a lesson over magnets. While I know preschool is not kindergarten, I know kindergarten students would find the activity just as engaging and exciting. We tested the magnetism of different objects together and then students got to use their own magnet for the first time and were able to test a list of objects on their own. I have never seen children so excited about magnets before! They absolutely loved it! The next day, students were writing and coloring in their journals and so many students decided to draw magnets and the different magnetic objects that were tested. The lesson clearly stuck with them and it is still something I hear them talk about two months later!

Martha Cristina Mejia Martha Cristina Mejia 1490 Points

That is wonderful! Great idea!

Briyania Nugent Briyania Nugent 850 Points

Hello, My best advice is check Pinterest. They have a lot of hands-on activities that will be fun and engaging for your Kindergartners.

Peggy Ashbrook Margaret Ashbrook 10953 Points

Pinterest has many people contributing activities that can become part of an ongoing science inquiry! The NSTA position statement on Early Childhood Science Education is a great supporting document Use it to shape effective science learning experiences.

Courtney George Courtney George 720 Points

I think the important thing with the younger students is to build a strong foundation and a love for science. I think so many students are afraid or uncomfortable with science because they did not get enough exposure to it in the younger grades. Hands on activities are always a must. Let the students decide what they want to study then go from there. Weather is always a great place to start. I am a preservice teacher and I have done a lot of work this semester with kindergarteners in learning gardens. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much my students understood about the garden and how a plant grows and even vocabulary words like pollination all from working hands on in a garden. This is definitely something I highly recommend.

Abby Lowman Abby Lowman 715 Points

Hi! I did some of these activities with my Kindergarten class and they loved it.

Tessa Sharafat Tessa Sharafat 1175 Points

Michelle, I was placed in a kindergarten classroom this year as a student teacher. My cooperating teacher discussed living and non-living creatures using gummy worms and live worms! She offered each student an opportunity to handle the live worms. While the students were completing their independent practice, she passed out the gummy worms for the students to eat. I really enjoyed watching the students get engaged in their learning.

Tessa Sharafat Tessa Sharafat 1175 Points

Michelle, I was placed in a kindergarten classroom this year as a student teacher. My cooperating teacher discussed living and non-living creatures using gummy worms and live worms! She offered each student an opportunity to handle the live worms. While the students were completing their independent practice, she passed out the gummy worms for the students to eat. I really enjoyed watching the students get engaged in their learning.

Martha Cristina Mejia Martha Cristina Mejia 1490 Points

What a great opportunity for those kiddos to have a hands-on activity! Awesome!

Alejandra Giraldo Alejandra Giraldo 2855 Points

After observing a kindergarten class I noticed that the student pay more attention when the teachers does a hands on activity. This website has many hands on activities that help me when doing lesson plans for my classes.

Mercedes Hernandez Mercedes Hernandez 1230 Points

I once saw a teacher have students collect leaves from outside. After students had their leaf, the teacher walked the students back inside. The teacher handed students a paper each. Students had crayons at their table. The teacher instructed students to take a crayon and take the wrapping off of it. They were going to create an impression of the leaf. Students were told to use the crayon on its side to create the impression.

Svetlana Makambila Svetlana Makambila 1065 Points

That is fun, but I imagine what was after....I think that's memorable and very exciting, but you have to be prepared not to have all your classroom and the kids' clothes in chocolate. There hands must be clean - in case they want to put chocolate fingers into their mouths

Jessica Cronin Jessica Cronin 565 Points

I think the best way for kindergartners to learn is more through hands on experiences and exploring.

Ashley Lindemann Ashley Lindemann 915 Points

I enjoy working with activities that have the reactions that the age group can see and manipulate. This helps the students of this age group get involved and interested working in this field at a young age. It also helps lay the foundation blocks for a love of science. Kindergarteners live in their our world and we have to join them in it!

Dena Renee Rickert Dena Rickert 165 Points

This is a great reminder to connect student's natural interests to grab their attention for the information you are wanting them to learn and master!

Deborah Pederson Deborah Pederson 1040 Points

To the person who mentioned that it is important for our students to guide the curriculum... YES! Sometimes we forget that our students are just kids who have natural curiosities. We need to figure out what they are interested in too . It's important that they ask questions, and for us to answer them, this is what excites them, and makes them want to learn.

Jocelyn Saavedra Jocelyn Saavedra 1100 Points

I am currently a pre-service teacher in the field and I find that my students also love to watch videos on brain pop. They are very engaged and lear a lot from it.

Marianne Cane Marianne Cane 710 Points

Let them sketch at least four different grasses they see in the lawn. That is engaging!

Martha Cristina Mejia Martha Cristina Mejia 1490 Points

I couldn't agree more. Students' engagement should be priority in our classrooms.

Vaughn Johnson Vaughn Johnson 10 Points

There are a number of highly engaging and appealing science activities that teachers adopt in several circumstances to get the most out of students’ interest in order to let them understand some of the basic concepts. I am about to finish my online course from Central Mont University in teaching and education and I believe there is a lot more to come in this field.

Malissa Corneh Malissa Corneh 925 Points

For a science lesson that I taught, the students were learning about how plants grow. We read a book about plants and then each child was given a sunflower seed, a cup, and soil to plant their own seeds. Over the course of three weeks we watched the plants grow and then the students took their plants home. I think this would be a great activity for you to do. You could also incorporate an outside trip so your students can look at the different plants that grow outside.


I currently student teach in a Kindergarten classroom. For my lessons, I also like to involve a lot of hands-on activities. For example, this past week I was teaching them about the different parts of a plant and the life cycle as well. Rather than showing them videos and pictures, I brought a plant for each student and provided magnifying glasses and toothpicks for them. They were able to examine the different parts of the flower share with their peers their findings. After the lesson, we went outside and planted our flowers. The students REALLY enjoyed this lesson and asked if we could do it again some other time!