Fun Science Experiments for Toddlers
From exploring nature in the backyard to using chemistry in our kitchen, science is a big part of our everyday lives. And that’s one of the best parts about science – it’s easy to demonstrate and create teachable moments every day.
3 Fun Science Experiments for Toddlers
Teach young children a basic understanding of where bugs live and examine different types of bugs.
- Take your child into the backyard and go on a bug hunt.
- Move planters, rocks and logs to look underneath and discover what lives there.
- Toddlers can learn to identify a spider from a centipede and a ladybug from a worm.
- You do not have to be an entomologist to teach bug identification, though it may be handy to have a simple field guide.
- Most toddlers will notice the different shapes and movements of each type of bug as you point and say the name of the bug.
- Soon your toddler will be pointing out and naming bugs for you.
Build a Volcano
- Take your toddler outside, because you will be making a mess, and have them experiment on their own.
- Give him an empty cup or bowl to make his own mixture.
- You supply the baking soda, spoon and different amounts of vinegar in different cups.
- Then sit back and watch him learn from his own creations.
- He can choose how much of each ingredient to mix together to see the results.
- He will quickly learn that some mixtures make few bubbles while others create a volcano of bubbles.
Liquids and Solids
- In a large, deep pan or bowl, mix cornstarch and water together, then let your child dive in with his hands.
- Squeezing the cornstarch creates a packed ball that is almost a solid. Release the ball and it returns to a more liquid form.
- You and your child can experiment mixing different amounts of water and cornstarch and feel the results.
- Try putting your feet in it and squishing your toes!