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Age Appropriate Experiments

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Nicole Hernandez Nicole Hernandez 220 Points

Being that early childhood students are very young, what would be some age appropriate experiments do you suggest they can do to keep them engaged?

Madeline DeBoer Madeline DeBoer 205 Points

I feel that kids are always engaged with colorful projects. Depending on what kind of topic you are teaching, you could always incorporate art of some sort!

Megan Buentello Megan Buentello 20 Points

Changing the environment within the classroom in terms of letting students work outside can be very helpful in keeping early childhood learners engaged within the lesson. 

Juliana Texley Juliana Texley 1440 Points

We have developed a progressive series of activities on "needs of living things" focusing on gardening. Ideal for exploring basic skills, habits of mind, and also to get lots of others in the child's community involved. 

Makaila Saylor Makaila Saylor 460 Points

I love doing hands on scinece projects with my students. Anything that involves multiple materials that are easy to manipulate, colorful and fun, and mimic real-life situations they see in their own community. For example, I did a lesson on living and non-living things. We had students observe and write down characteristics of a gummy worm. Then, they got to observe and handle a real-life earthworm. The students LOVED it. 

Another activity I would reccomend for older elementary would be having them plant their own seed garden. This can help them start to think about the water cycle, plants and how they grow, and observation techniques. 

Katelyn Sherman Katelyn Sherman 4085 Points

Hi Makalia, I love the idea of allowing elementary students to observe a gummy worm and a real worm. Letting students plant seed gardens is also a great hands-on activity. I am a Senior Elementary Education Major, and I want to incorporate science projects into my class. I definitely want to use real-life earthworms and planting seed gardens. Thank you so much for these ideas! 

Kai Johnson Kai Johnson 960 Points

Makaila, your idea for using gummy worms and earth worms to teach about living and non-living things is a great idea. I could definitely see young kids loving this activity! Any project that they are picture in the real world and refer back to in the future would be beneficial. I’ve also seen the garden idea in many classrooms that I have visited. It is a way to teach responsbility while incorporating STEAM. More hands on activities could include music or movement since those things attract young students!

Emma Huisman Emma Huisman 600 Points

Makaila, I love your idea of using gummy worms and earthworms to teach about living and non-living things. I think this is definitely an idea that students of all ages but especially younger students would love! This hands-on idea for an activity can make this more real for the students and allow them to make deeper connections! 

Kassidy Perry Kassidy Perry 260 Points

Something my pre-k students really enjoyed was allowing a hershy's kiss to melt in their hand. I was teaching the concept of heat. We introduced the activity by watching some cool compliations of things being melted on youtube, then we held the kiss for five minutes while we watched another five minute video. They were very amazed that their hand could melt something. We had baby wipes handy and they got a fresh hershy's kiss when we were all cleaned up to eat! 

Joy Smith Joy Smith 95 Points

Hello Nicole,

Early childhood is such a fun age. They are curious about the world around them. Using the student’s natural curiosity to lead learning is so fun at this age. I think one of the most important things for students at this age is having experiments that they can touch and feel.  This allows the student to manipulate to understand the concept better.

Ella Brase Ella Brase 580 Points


I think you are absolutely right with young students needing engaging materials such as manipulatives to help them learn. I also love the idea of mimicking real-life situations that students likely have some sort of prior connection with because we know that helps them connect with the new content on a deeper level. Young children are so impressionable and teachers have the opportunity and responsibility of making their first impressions of science an engaging and enjoyable experience. Along with that, early childhood teachers can make a huge impact on a child’s liking or disliking of STEAM concepts. For that reason, I believe it’s important to base many of the experiments and units on your specific students' interests and inquiries. I remember raising butterflies in my preschool classroom and learning about the life cycle of caterpillars and butterflies. That lesson still sticks with me today and left a very positive image of science in my young mind, which should be what all early childhood educators strive for.  

Ella Brase 




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