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10 Science experiments for toddlers

10 Science experiments for toddlers

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Starting science early

Are there science experiments that a 2-year-old could do? Absolutely! Young children are rapidly learning about their world through their 5 senses and as such you can easily provide rich experiences that show how the world works just by targeting sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. Beyond looking at the five senses, consider how you can teach toddlers about simple science such as pull and push/float and sink/hot and cold and more. The more you expose young kids to scientific concepts at an early age, the more you set them up for the future!

sights and smells
Using our senses to learn about our world!

When running science experiments with toddlers you do need to be aware of the materials that you are using; are they likely to cause an allergy issue or are there small parts that could cause a choking hazard. The following lists a variety of safe experiments that work very well with toddlers and early learners, although to be honest you can easily use these in primary school too!

Create rainbow flowers!

Make coloured petals science experiment - finished result

  • A colourful experiment early learners love to watch over time.
  • Just needs a bit of food colour, water & some white flowers

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The classic volcano

Make a volcano science experiment - erupting bicarb and vinegar volcano

  • Simple ingredients
  • Safe and engaging for kids!

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Colour mixing using skittles

Skittle science experiment hot water version - rainbow end result

  • Show that colours can move and mix together
  • Demonstrate dissolving in a vibrant way!

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Make some slime!

Cornflour slime making

  • A tactile experience toddlers love
  • Also good for discussing solids vs. liquids for young kids

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Coloured shadows & light mixing

Create coloured shadows science experiment - coloured shadows behind hand

  • Get some coloured lights and mix them in the dark
  • Links well with rainbows and simple colour mixing

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Amplify sounds from underwater

Underwater telephone science experiment - holding the telephone

  • Show kids that sounds can travel underwater
  • Easy to make!
  • NB: Supervise the balloon with young children

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Prove that air takes up space

Air takes up space science experiment - beginning to push the glass over the floating ping pong ball

  • A simple concept that kids can struggle with
  • Helps show that air fills spaces and can push on things

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The classic dancing sultana experiment!

Dancing sultanas science experiment - sultanas moving up and down

  • The sultanas rise and fall in soda water… why?
  • A great way to introduce floating and sinking to toddlers

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Sherbet making made simple

Making sherbet science experiment - sights and smells

  • Teach toddlers to mix materials in a procedure
  • What happens if you add too much of one ingredient?

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Observe sea monkeys!

brine shrimp swimming

  • Teach toddlers to observe the natural world
  • Great for teaching about life cycles

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Make an ant farm

Create an ant farm science experiment - mixing the soil and sand together

  • A classic way for young kids to learn about insects
  • An observation experiment every child can do

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Happy teaching,

Ben Newsome.

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