What are the best kids sensory science activities for toddlers and preschoolers? We know young children prefer to learn through hands on play and exploration. So I wanted to take a moment and gather our top sensory science activities that combine science and fun. So many favorites for you to check out and try out this year.

Science and Sensory Activities For Preschoolers

Sensory science activities for preschool and beyond

SCIENCE AND SENSORY

Science and sensory play mix wonderfully together for young children still exploring the world and learning simple science concepts. We have certainly enjoyed our share of simple sensory science experiments from ice melts, fizzing science reactions, goop, slime, and more. Hope you enjoy this list of science sensory ideas and find some great activities to try this year.

Sensory play is suited for all ages with plenty of supervision for the younger kiddos. Toddlers especially love sensory play but please make sure to provide only appropriate materials and watch for putting items in the mouth. Choose activities that do not pose a choking hazard and supervise play at all times!

Our favorite sensory science activities are inexpensive, quick and easy to set up! Many of these awesome kinder science experiments use common ingredients you may already have. Just check your kitchen cupboard for easy supplies.

Top Science Sensory Activities

Check out these amazing play ideas below that are so easy to set up!

1. FLUFFY SLIME

Kids love fluffy slime because it’s SO fun to squish and stretch but also light and airy as a cloud! Learn how to make fluffy slime so quickly you won’t believe it with our easy fluffy slime recipe. Also, learn about the science behind this fun activity.

Want to make more slime? Check out tons more slime recipes here!

 

2. EDIBLE SLIME

Perfect for kids, especially toddlers, who like to taste stuff but still want to enjoy the slimy experience. Making and playing with slime is an amazing tactile sensory experience (cool science too) whether you make it with borax or marshmallows.  See all our fun edible slime recipe ideas!

 

3. APPLE VOLCANO

Share a simple chemical reaction demonstration the kiddos will love to try over and over again.  This erupting apple science experiment uses baking soda and vinegar for an easy science activity for preschoolers.

You could also try a watermelon volcano, pumpkin volcano or even a LEGO volcano.

 

4. MELTING CRAYONS

Let’s show the kiddos how to make these fantastic DIY crayons from old crayons instead of throwing away all those bits and pieces. Plus, making crayons from old crayons is a simple science activity illustrating reversible change and physical changes.

make crayon stars with kids

5. FROZEN DINOSAUR EGGS

Ice melting is so much for kids and these frozen dinosaur eggs are perfect for your dinosaur fan and easy preschool activities! Ice melting activities make awesome simple sensory science activities.

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melting dino eggs

6. OOBLECK

Get ready to experience this amazing sensory science activity with our 2 ingredient oobleck recipe.  Is oobleck a liquid or a solid?  Make some and find out for yourself!

Bartholomew and the Oobleck Science Activity for Dr. Seuss

7.  5 SENSES ACTIVITIES

We use our 5 senses every day! Set up a wonderful and simple discovery table for early childhood learning and play. These 5 senses activities are delightful for introducing preschoolers to the simple practice of observing the world around them.  They will discover their 5 senses and learn how their bodies work.

8.  IVORY SOAP EXPERIMENT

Sensory science is an appealing form of play and learning for my son. We have done many hands-on sensory science activities that spark curiosity and develop a love of learning! In this activity you will explore what happens to ivory soap in the microwave.

Ivory Soap Sensory Science Experiment Play

9. BUBBLE SCIENCE EXPERIMENT

What is it about blowing bubbles? Making bubbles is definitely on our list of simple science experiments to try. Mix up your own inexpensive bubble recipe and get blowing.  Can you make a bouncing bubble without it breaking? Learn about bubbles with this bubbles science experiment.

10. WATER SCIENCE EXPERIMENT

Water activities are so easy to set up and perfect for young kids to play and learn with science. Every day materials and supplies become awesome preschool science experiments. Explore absorption as you investigate what materials absorb water with this fun experiment.

water absorption what absorbs simple science

11. Waterbeads and Science

Explore science through a rich, tactile experience when you play with water beads!

12. Flower Science

Ice melt, sensory play, parts of a flower, and fun all in one easy to set-up sensory science activity!

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