What a wonderful collection of spring science activities for preschoolers! These are the perfect ideas to include in your master list of spring activities for preschoolers.
I know sometimes the sheer amount of information online can be a little overwhelming. That’s the main reason I gathered these ideas for you – so you have one spot to come to when looking for spring science ideas. AND the ideas are organized by topic, which should make finding what you want even easier.
Save this post to refer back to when you’re planning this spring. You can pick and choose which science experiments to do, or just work down the list and try them all!
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Spring Science Activities for Preschoolers
Spring is a fabulously exciting time of year for science activities with preschoolers! The outdoor world is coming back to life, weather is exciting, little green things are poking out of the ground. There are so many opportunities for observing, experimenting, and learning!
Kids love flowers, and when they start popping up out of the ground in the spring, it’s time to learn the science behind them. Through these hands-on spring science activities, your preschoolers will get a great understanding of everything flowers!
Kids naturally love to pick apart flowers into teeny tiny bits, right? So why not take advantage of this tendency by throwing a little science-learnin’ in there? While they are picking apart, you can teach them the parts of the flower with a flower dissection activity.
Pounding on flowers is simply the most fun when you are left with beautiful flower prints on fabric. This is called Hapa Zome – and kids can learn about the science of flower pigments as they make art this spring.
Dandelions are kid magnets, whether for popping off the heads or blowing puffy seeds everywhere. Preschoolers can learn the life cycle of dandelions with this crafty spring science activity.
A dipping dandelion STEM challenge with seeding dandelions and water will introduce the kids to the hydrophobic nature of dandelions.
This color mixing flower activity uses a few different materials to show the kids the science behind mixing colors, all while creating pretty flowers.
The colored flower experiment is a must-have for your spring science activities for preschoolers.
Forcing bulbs is not only a great way to observe how plants grow, you are rewarded with a happy spring flower at the end!
This two-step spring science activity is a great way to explore chromatography, and make beautiful light-up flowers using circuits!
Seeing the kids’ faces when they observe crystals growing on pipe cleaners is delightful, and I just love the idea of turning those pipe cleaners into spring flowers.
This parts-of-a-flower activity will give you loads of ideas for learning about flowers through hands-on exploration.
The simple act of planting seeds gives kids a healthy dose of science, and you can take this wildflower sowing activity as big or contained as you like. Then enjoy watching the seeds grow into lovely spring flowers!
Related: Color Changing Flowers
Easter Science Activities
Easter gives us an extra opportunity to play around with spring science activities that kids will naturally get pumped up about!
Appeal to the kids’ sweet tooth with a Peeps parachute challenge. There’s nothing like those little marshmallows flying through the air to get kids interested in math, engineering, and science!
Children will have a chance to get busy with both science and creativity with the jumping bunny cup activity. I can see this one being a big hit this spring!
The children will be so intrigued with these rubber eggs. This bouncing Easter egg project is equal parts science and sensory, and is simple, but so cool!
Rainbow Spring Science Activities for Preschoolers
Rainbows are universally loved, so it will not be hard to get the kids enthused about trying all of these rainbow science ideas. They can get a feel for basic color theory while they’re effortlessly learning science concepts.
Create a rainbow on a paper towel with the kids. Children will learn about the concept of capillary action in the most beautiful of ways!
It’s a bit mind blowing the first time you realize that liquids come in different weights. This rainbow in a jar science activity will visually and clearly explain the science concept of fewer or more molecules in a liquid.
As you may already be aware, kids love to do any activities that include candy. And this Skittles rainbow science experiment certainly delivers the rainbow colors with dissolving, absorption, and color mixing.
Maybe the simplest rainbow experiment on this list, a glass of water and a white piece of paper are you your kids will need to create their own rainbows, and learn about reflection and refraction.
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We continue the rainbow spring science with a fizzy and scented rainbow science experiment that will teach preschoolers all about chemical reactions while engaging their senses.
There are so many opportunities to make prism rainbows, and the kids will ooh and aah when they discover how to create them.
This homemade spectrascope will thrill your preschoolers when they look through it for the first time and discover rainbows everywhere!
Did you know you can grow a crystal rainbow? Your kiddos will go nuts over this science activity that mixes rainbow colors and crystal-making!
Spring Weather Science Activities for Preschoolers
Spring weather can be quite . . . interesting. Cloudy and stormy one minute, and sunny and clear the next. Use the dramatic weather to spark an interest in spring science through tracking weather patterns, learning about clouds, and gauging rainfall.
Your kids might need a hand with the construction of these simple kites, but they’ll be off and running right away with them as they explore the effect a good windy day can have!
Rain cloud gravity painting is a creative and painterly way to learn about rainclouds (and a little bit of gravity appreciation). The children will have a blast dripping “rain drops” down the paper from their cotton ball clouds!
This is such a fun one! It just requires a few materials you probably already have on hand to create a big foamy cloud in a jar that simulates a rain cloud.
Make a simple rain gauge out of a plastic bottle with your preschoolers, and you can study the rainfall every time it rains throughout the spring.
The kids will be part of the science experiment with these human shadow sundials. It’s one of those fun outdoor science activities you can try right when the weather starts getting warmer!
Forget tornado chasing when you can create your own tornado in a bottle. Watch the kids’ eyes get super wide as they watch the spinning vortex of weather at their fingertips.
This spring science activity is a craft disguised as a lesson on clouds. Preschoolers will get to create different types of clouds after listening to The Cloud Book by Tomie de Paola.
Identifying clouds gives kids a taste of learning to predict weather patterns. With this science activity, you will make a cloud viewer and then the kids can consult the printable chart to identify the cloud.
These free weather tracking printables will give preschoolers a chance to chart the weather all spring. I love the idea of having the kids predict what they think the weather will be like the next day.
Nature Science Activities
Take advantage of new life growing outdoors to expose your preschoolers to nature and gardening. There are countless ways to grow seeds and plants, and these hands-on nature science activities will give kids a solid understanding of how nature and science are intertwined.
What happens when water travels through leaves? Your preschoolers will find out with this easy spring science experiment.
Spark a love for geology in preschoolers with this DIY rock observation station. Your kids will be in awe of the different rocks and how they look under a magnifying glass.
Your kids can use this printable bird book to become little ornithologists! They’ll be able to track, draw, and name all the birds they see.
With these Cress Heads, children will grow their own sprouts in little eggshells they have decorated with faces! Such an easy and fun indoor gardening project that doubles as a science experiment.
Put together a frog play dough kit, and you will have everything you need to teach your preschoolers the life cycle of frogs in the most fun and hands-on way!
Growing beans in a bag is the classic way for preschoolers to be able to observe what usually happens underground. They’ll love engaging in nature science as they watch the beans slowly sprout right inside of their baggies.
Here’s one the kids will adore! They will study the science of seed dispersal as they run around outdoors in their socks and then track whether anything sprouts up out of them!
Your kids will welcome a chance to head outdoors with a garden sink or float activity. They’ll get to make predictions and track their findings with the included printable.
These DIY bird feeders are a cute craft that your preschoolers will be able to use to watch and identify different species of birds. Pair this with the bird book from above!
Related: Insects and Plants in the Preschool Science Center
This seed-growing experiment looks otherworldly and kids will be fascinated to watch the seeds grow in a jar full of clear water beads. What a great idea!
Leaf rubbings aren’t just a highly engaging arty activity. You can look at the leaf rubbings with your preschoolers to teach them about the leaf veins, why leaves change colors, and how to identify different leaf shapes.
Children will be able to see how celery actually grows in the ground, and not at the grocery store, with this celery-growing experiment. They can grow it all the way into their own celery bunches and eat the final results!
This simple plant experiment will allow your kids to observe how sunlight affects a plant, and how they adapt to trying to get more sunlight.
Science Materials for Preschoolers
Many of these spring science experiments will use items you have at home – celery, beans. leaves, rocks, etc. But here’s a list of some other supplies you might not have (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- Flower pots
- Clear water beads
- Craft paint
- Mod Podge
- Bird seed
- Clip boards
- Plastic baggies
- Frog figures
- Googly eyes
- Sidewalk chalk
- Pipe cleaners
- Beakers and cylinders
- Kids’ lab coats
Preschool Spring Lesson Plans
Lesson planning does not need to take up all of your extra time. In fact, you can rely on PT101 to have your lesson plans all laid out for you!
All of our lesson plans include completed, printable plans full of hands-on learning activities for preschool children. They include book suggestions, whole group activities, small group activities, center ideas, and coordinating printables to use with your kids.
The preschool spring lesson plans will go perfectly with your spring science activities, and below that you’ll find some more spring resources from our shop.
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