I thought I would introduce the concept of gravity to my son and have him experiment around the house finding out how it works. Totally hands-on gravity activities! We started with reading a very large but short book that easily illustrated the concept of gravity. Balance and Motion by Lisa Trumbauer. We love easy preschool science activities!
Gravity Activities for Kindergarten and Preschool
GRAVITY FOR KIDS
Once we read the book, we got to work on our gravity science experiment! He actually was first to say let’s see what happens when I jump on the trampoline! He remembered and understood what gravity did. Gravity makes things come down or pulls things like me back down.
He went on to talk about if he were in space and didn’t wear a seat belt in the rocket, he would float up! So he has the idea. Here are a few gravity activities we tried below.
Asking questions is so important for preschool learning. Each time I would ask why he thought what happened actually happened. He would talk about gravity.
In simple words, gravity is a pulling force by which a planet or other body draws objects toward its center. Gravity is what keeps all the plants in orbit around the sun. The force of gravity keeps us close to the ground.
Explore gravity with these simple gravity activities below.
Gravity Activities For Preschoolers
These gravity activities are easy to set up and fun to play and learn with, using gross motor exercises. Get kids moving and introduce some simple science at the same time. You can easily adjust these ideas to suit your kiddos and whatever equipment you have on hand.
1. Jumping on a Trampoline
2. Loosing Balance, Falling Down, Jumping Off a Chair
3. Pouring water from a pitcher and knocking an object off the table
5. Dropping blocks from a height
6. Throwing a ball in the air
7. Falling on bed (his suggestion)
8. Giant slinky down the stairs
I truly thinks he gets the most simplest definition of gravity and had a lot of fun exploring it over and over again. It also made for great gross motor play indoors! What goes up must come down! Well at least until it gets stuck somewhere!
More Gravity Activities For Preschoolers
We used inexpensive plastic rain gutters (home depot) and a bag of apples to investigate ramps, angles and gravity.
A similar activity to our apple experiment but this one uses leftover plastic eggs for a fun physics experiment for preschoolers.
Explore center of gravity when you try this simple balancing objects activity with the kids. Free printable included!
We also tried a balancing apple!
FUN GRAVITY EXPERIMENTS FOR PRESCHOOL
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