November is a great month to start introducing simple science experiments to preschoolers. Introducing preschoolers to the world of science can spark their interest and imagination. Here are a few fun and easy science experiments that preschoolers can do in November.
Hide and Seek Autumn Colors
Autumn is the perfect time to explore changing colors. Nature is full of changing colors this time of year, from the leaves turning yellow, red and orange to the blackberries and pumpkins. To do this experiment, you'll need to take a walk outside to look for leaves, berries and other items you can find in nature. If you don't have access to nature, you can use artificial items. Collect a variety of items with different colors. Put them in a bag and let your preschooler find them. Have your preschooler guess what color the item is before taking it out of the bag. Talk about the different colors and why they change.
Create a Volcano
Making a volcano is a classic science experiment that preschoolers can do in November. To do this experiment, you will need baking soda, vinegar, dish soap and food coloring. Put the baking soda in a container and form it into a volcano shape. Add a few drops of food coloring and a few drops of dish soap. Pour the vinegar into the volcano and watch it erupt. Talk about why the volcano erupted and what happened when the vinegar and baking soda mixed together.
Exploring the States of Matter
Preschoolers can explore the states of matter in November. To do this experiment, you will need ice cubes, water, and cornstarch. Put the ice cubes in a bowl and talk about how it is solid. Pour the warm water in the bowl and talk about how it is liquid. Add the cornstarch and talk about how it is a solid and a liquid at the same time (it is a solid when it is dry and a liquid when it is wet). Have your preschooler mix the ingredients together and talk about how the states of matter can change.
Make a Cloud in a Bottle
Making a cloud in a bottle is a great way to introduce preschoolers to the concept of clouds. To do this experiment, you will need a bottle, water, and a squirt bottle. Fill the bottle with water and squirt a few drops of water into the bottle using the squirt bottle. Talk about how the drops become a cloud when they hit the cold air inside the bottle. Explain to your preschooler how clouds are made when water droplets in the air come together and form a cloud.
Growing Mold Spores
Exploring mold is a great way to introduce preschoolers to the concept of living things. To do this experiment, you will need a petri dish, a spoon, a magnifying glass, and some bread. Put the bread in the petri dish and use the spoon to cover it with a thin layer of water. Place the petri dish in a warm, dark place and wait a few days to see if any mold starts to grow. Use the magnifying glass to look at the mold and talk about how it is alive.
Create an Egg Drop
To do this experiment, you will need an egg, cardboard, tape, and various materials like pipe cleaners, straws, and cotton balls. Talk about how the egg is fragile and how it needs to be protected. Have your preschooler create a design to protect the egg from breaking when it is dropped. Give them the materials and have them build their design. Drop the egg from a safe height and talk about why it didn't break.
Making a Rain Cloud
Making a rain cloud is a great way to introduce preschoolers to the concept of clouds and rain. To do this experiment, you will need a clear glass jar, warm water, cold water, and food coloring. Fill the jar with warm water and add a few drops of food coloring. Slowly pour the cold water into the jar and watch as the food coloring forms a cloud. Talk about how the food coloring is like the droplets of water in a cloud and how they come together to form rain.
Exploring the Senses
Exploring the senses is a great way to introduce preschoolers to the world around them. To do this experiment, you will need a variety of items with different textures, smells, and tastes. Have your preschooler close their eyes and explore each item with their hands. Talk about the different textures and smells of each item. Ask them to guess what each item is based on what they feel. Let them taste a few items (if safe to do so) and talk about the different flavors.
Making a Rainbow
Making a rainbow is a fun way to explore the concept of light and color. To do this experiment, you will need a white sheet of paper, a glass of water, a flashlight, and a few different colors of colored paper. Place the glass of water on the white sheet of paper and shine the flashlight through it. Talk about how the light is refracted through the water and how it creates a rainbow. Cut out the different colors of paper and place them in front of the flashlight. Talk about how the colors mix together to create different colors.
November is a great time to introduce preschoolers to the world of science. There are many fun and easy science experiments that preschoolers can do in November. From exploring the states of matter to making a cloud in a bottle, there are plenty of activities to engage and inspire young minds.