When it comes to planning learning activities for preschoolers, it isn’t one size fits all! Preschool teachers and parents like yourself, need to have preschool activities for lesson plans that are easy for young students to understand, many who are not yet reading, and are FUN! Here’s some simple and playful preschool activities your kids will love!

 PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES FOR PLAY AND LEARNING!

Preschool Learning Activities for a whole year of play and learning!

HOW TO MAKE PRESCHOOL FUN

Your time is limited, so it’s important that your preschool activities for the school year and beyond are easy to set-up and provide valuable learning experiences for the youngest students.

Create a life long love of learning with these simple preschool learning activities! We have made it easy for you and divided the activities into STEM, including science and math, art and literacy.

PLAYFUL LEARNING

We have found so many fun ways for kids to play and learn together! Playful learning is about creating joy, wonder, and curiosity. Developing this sense of joy and wonder starts at a young age and adults are a big part of that.

Set up invitations to discover and explore!

  • This fosters a huge sense of success in young learners when they make a new discovery. Undoubtedly they will want to show it to you over and over again.
  • Many of the early foundations in literacy, science, and mathematics can be achieved through play instead of using worksheets.
  • Learning activities improve social skills and aid language development.

Kids love to share what they are doing with you. If you listen and ask questions they will too! If you encourage them to think about an idea, you will be amazed at what they can come up with.

Questions you can ask…

  • What do you think will happen if…
  • What is happening…
  • What do you see, hear, smell, feel…
  • What else can we test or explore?

50+ THINGS TO DO WITH PRESCHOOLERS

Never run out of ideas for fun preschool activities to do at home or in the classroom.

PRESCHOOL SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

We love science activities around here. Preschool science offers room for play and exploration without adult-led directions. Kids will naturally start to pick up the simple science concepts presented just through having a fun conversation about it with you!

BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR

Who doesn’t like a fizzing, foaming chemical eruption? From an erupting lemon volcano to our simple baking soda balloon experiment.. Check out our list of baking soda science activities to get started!

BALLOON CARS

Explore energy, measure distance, build different cars to explore speed and distance with simple balloon cars. You can use Duplo, LEGO, or build your own car.

BUBBLES

Can you make a bubble bounce? Explore the simple fun of bubbles with these easy bubble experiments!

BUTTER IN A JAR

All you need is one simple ingredient for delicious homemade butter in a jar. Learning through edible science!

DINOSAUR FOSSILS

Be a paleontologist for a day and make your own homemade dinosaur fossils and then go on your own dinosaur dig. Check out all our fun preschool dinosaur activities.

DISCOVERY BOTTLES

Science in a bottle. Explore all kinds of simple science ideas right in a bottle! Check out a few of our easy science bottles or these discovery bottles for ideas. They are perfect for themes too like these Earth Day ones!

FLOWERS

Have you ever changed the color of a flower? Try this color-changing flower science experiment and learn about how a flower works! Or why not try growing your own flowers with our list of easy flowers to grow.

ICE CREAM IN A BAG

Homemade ice cream is yummy edible science with only three ingredients! Don’t forget the winter gloves and sprinkles. This gets cold! You may also like our snow ice cream recipe.

ICE MELT SCIENCE

An ice melt activity is simple science you can set up in many different ways with many different themes. Ice melting is a wonderful introduction to a simple science concept for young kids! Check out our list of ice activities for preschool.

MAGIC MILK

Magic milk is definitely one of our most popular science experiments. Plus, it is just plain fun and mesmerizing!

MAGNETS

What’s magnetic? What’s not magnetic. You can set up a magnet science discovery table for your kids to explore as well as a magnet sensory bin!

OOBLECK

Oobleck is 2 ingredient fun using kitchen cupboard ingredients. It is a great example of a non-Newtonian fluid. Also makes for fun sensory play. Make classic oobleck or colored oobleck.

Click here to get your FREE printable preschool science pack!

PLANTS

Planting seeds and watching plants grow is the perfect spring preschool science activity. Our simple seed jar science activity is an excellent way to see how a seed grows! Make sure to check out all our other preschool plant activities.

RUBBER EGG EXPERIMENT

Try the egg in vinegar experiment. You need a little patience for this one {takes 7 days}, but the end result is really cool!

SINK OR FLOAT

Test what sinks or floats with common everyday items with this easy sink or float experiment.

SLIME

Slime is one of our favorite activities for anytime, and our simple slime recipes are perfect for learning about non-Newtonian fluids. Or just make slime for fun sensory play! Check out our fluffy slime!

FOR MORE PRESCHOOL SCIENCE ACTIVITIES…

You can check out more science activities for preschoolers which includes additional resources to help you get started.

PRESCHOOL MATH ACTIVITIES

Early math skills start with lots of playful opportunities that don’t have to be extensively planned ahead of time. Check out these simple preschool activity ideas using every day items.

Inspired by Dr. Seuss and a favorite book, The Cat In The Hat, build patterns with Lego.

You can keep Pi really simple for young kids and still have fun and teach a little something too. We have several easy to set up geometry activities for Pi Day. Explore, play, and learn with circles.

Pumpkins really do make awesome tools for hands-on math learning. There are so many awesome pumpkin activities you can try with even one small pumpkin.

Teach number sense using our ten frame math printable sheet and Duplo blocks.  Make different combinations of 10 for hands-on math learning.

Make math learning playful with fun water play!  Hands-on learning with our water balloon number activity is the perfect way to keep learning going all year long. 

Measuring hands and feet is a super simple preschool math measuring activity! We chose to use our unifix cubes to measure our hands and feet.

Practice addition and subtraction of single digit numbers with these Lego Math Challenge Cards.

Create fun geometric shapes and patterns in minutes with a simple geoboard you can make yourself.

Explore understanding of mathematical concepts such as full, empty, more, less, even, same while filling measuring cups with corn as part of a fun farm theme math activity.

Check out more math preschool activities!

Farm Activities Weighing Measuring Comparing Matter Volume Science And Math Play

PRESCHOOL ART ACTIVITIES

Preschoolers need the freedom to explore and experiment. Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning.

Blow Painting with Straws

Bubble Painting

Cinnamon Salt Dough

Finger Painting

Fly Swatter Painting

Edible Paint

Handprint Flowers

Ice Cube Art

Magnet Painting

Painting with Marbles

Rainbow In A Bag

Rainbow Snow

Salt Dough Beads

Salt Painting

Scratch Resist Art

Splatter Painting

Looking for more fun and easy preschool art ideas? Check out our process art activities, famous artists for kids as well as these easy homemade paint recipes.

MORE FUN PRESCHOOL ACTIVITY IDEAS

FUN PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES FOR LEARNING ALL YEAR LONG!

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Preschool science experiments and activities that last well into kindergarten science and early elementary science for kids ages 3-9. Classic science activities that kids love and you will find easy and inexpensive to set up. Simple science information to share with young kids sparks curiosity every time you repeat an experiment.