I’ve found my 5 year old to be incredibly curious at the moment, always asking questions and wanting to know how things work. Even something as simple as a rain gauge has been VERY exciting for her.
With that in mind I’ve pulled together some great science experiments for kids that are perfect for 4 and 5 year olds.
Practice drawing or writing with fizzy paint.
Try some ice painting.
Make some filter paper butterflies.
Melt ice with salt and warm water.
Find out how many of your own feet tall you are. Is there a pattern?
Learn about what’s inside your body by drawing yourself.
Explore numbers with a Numeracy at Home box.
Introduce rulers and measurement with this fun measuring activity.
Learn about static electricity with these jumping frogs.
Trick your eyes with this optical illusion.
Learn about waterproof materials with this fun activity using soft toys.
Make a magnet maze and learn about magnetism.Can you make a huge version?
Explore freezing and melting with slushy drinks, you could even try some colour mixing.
Have lots of fizzy fun with a Monster Tea Party, just don’t drink the tea.
Find out about arm span and it’s relation to height in this easy activity.
Try some weighing and measuring, can you make a metre ruler?
How about some science magic? Can you make an egg bounce?
For some icy play with a difference, freeze some water in a balloon.
This one might be a bit tricky, but try some apple bobbing and start to introduce the concept of density.
Learn about oil and water not mixing and density too with this density jar. Experiment with different objects floating on the layers to make it more fun. What happens when you shake it?
Make some shadow puppets and then put on a show. What happens to the shadow when you move it away from the light source?
Can you make a mixture with your toys?
Try some colour mixing with jelly.
Learn about measuring and maybe even draw a simple table in this activity.
Can you make observations about your toys and separate them into groups depending on what material they are made from?
Start to learn about what conditions green plants need to grow with this cress caterpillar.
Have some messy fun with oobleck!
Make some simple patterns using DUPLO.
What makes a good sandcastle? Is dry or wet send better?
How about setting up a chemistry lab in the kitchen? all you need is some coloured water, oil and pipettes.
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