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Pre-K Science Activities

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Daisy Gomez Daisy Gomez 515 Points

Hello everyone! Does anybody know of any fun and engaging science activities for Pre-K students? 

Mayra Lopez Mayra Lopez 335 Points

For Pre-K students the rain in a jar science experiment is fun and engaging plus it helps with their fine motor skills. You will need a jar, a small cups, food coloring, pipettes, shaving cream and water. Mix some water with food coloring in small cups, then fill the jar with water about 3/4 full. When the kids are ready to do the experiment add a bunch of shaving cream in the jar that was filled with water. The kids will be able to pick the colored water and use the pipettes to squirt the colored solution on top of the shaving cream cloud. The water will make its way through the shaving cream and into the water. 

Anne Lowry Anne Lowry 6890 Points

PreK are capable of doing in depth science investigations using the science and engineering practices, and often love doing long term projects and investigations on a topic.  Observe the students and listen.  What are their interests?  What do they draw, play talk about?  What books do they choose?  What questions do they ask?  You can take all of that information and find their interests and then look in the learning center for how to build upon their interests while doing the science and engineering practices

https://ngss.nsta.org/PracticesFull.aspx

  https://learningcenter.nsta.org/search/

Good luck

from another PreK teacher

Anne

 

Natalie Sendelbach Natalie Sendelbach 20 Points

Hello! I love the take on observing the students to determine what science they desire to explore;collaborative classrooms are much more effieceint to keep children engaged in the subjects at hand. Given COVID-19 learning accomodations, I have been wondering about how much of the hands-on science curriculum is being skipped over if it is left up to parents to provide and/or moderate activities. Especially in preschool, discovery and exploration are key to their later development. What are preschool teachers doing in lieu of the current pandemic regarding the maintaining of hands on science? 

Thank you!

Aida Nichols Aida Nichols 1180 Points

Here are some fun ones I have done through the years with my little ones! We use words like prediction, experiment, scientist etc.

 

Exploding volcano pumpkins

Rainbow Density Jar

Sink Or float

Magnetic or not magnetic

 

Have fun!

 

Anne Lowry Anne Lowry 6890 Points

Those are all good activities.  Do you incorporate them into what your class / group is investigating or do you do them as stand alones? 

Anne

Aida Nichols Aida Nichols 1180 Points

I incorporate them into class activities, especially with the letter o fthe week!

 

Aida

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