With the record-breaking rainfall on the west coast and the severe winter storms on the east coast, I think it is fair to say we could all use a few good indoor activities to keep the kids engaged about now.
I usually turn to arts and crafts, but lately I have been trying to introduce a little more science to my little ones.
Since I don’t want to leave the house when the weather is so terrible, I definitely don’t want to be running all over town looking for specific materials for our experiments. So I have rounded up 13 kitchen science projects that use materials we are all sure to have in our cupboards already.
All of these experiments are simple to do and perfect for introducing preschoolers to important scientific concepts.
And they are just plain fun for everyone!
13 Kitchen Science Projects Your Preschooler will Love
- Dr. Seuss’ Oobleck – Introduce the concepts of solid vs liquid with goopy Oobleck.
- Dish Soap Silly Putty – Make this childhood favorite from a simple combination of dish soap and cornstarch.
- Dancing Raisins – Watch raisins “dance” when added to a glass of sparkling water.
- Dirty Pennies – A quick soak in vinegar and salt will turn old pennies shiny and new.
- Oil & Water Science – Explore the concept of density with a classic oil-and-water experiment.
- Bubbles That Don’t Pop – Add corn syrup to dish soap and water for unbreakable bubbles.
- Frozen Color Mixing – Primary colored ice cubes and a divided tray make color mixing easy and fun.
- Sugar Science – See what happens when sugar cubes are exposed to water.
- Water Xylophone – Repurpose those baby food jars to make a colorful water xylophone.
- What Dissolves in Water – Hypothesize about which pantry staples will dissolve in water.
- Growing Plants from Food Scraps – Experiment with different food scraps to see what will grow.
- Fizzing Colors – Baking soda, vinegar and food colors make for some fizzy, colorful fun.
- Learn How Plants Absorb Water – Watch how plants absorb water with cabbage leaves and food colors.
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