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 science experiments book

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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

gravity science experiments trampoline

2. Loosing Balance, Falling Down, Jumping Off a Chair

gravity science experiments jumping and falling

3. Pouring water from a pitcher and knocking an object off the table

gravity science experiment kitchen table

4. Sliding

gravity science experiment slide

5. Dropping blocks from a height

gravity science experiment block drop

6. Throwing a ball in the air

gravity science ball throwing

7. Falling on bed (his suggestion)

gravity science experiment falling on bed

8. Giant slinky down the stairs

gravity science experiment big slinky

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

Apple Gravity Experiment

We used inexpensive plastic rain gutters (home depot) and a bag of apples to investigate ramps, angles and gravity.

apple gravity experiment science play set up

Easter Race Ideas

A similar activity to our apple experiment but this one uses leftover plastic eggs for a fun physics experiment for preschoolers.

Balancing Objects

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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9 Comments

  1. I always thought of gravity as too complicated to explain to my preschooler but you nailed it with these fun ways to show gravity in action! The slinky is an awesome idea. My daughter would have a blast falling down and throwing things in the air only to see them fall, all in the name of science! 🙂

  2. AWESOME explanation and such a variety of ways for children to experience gravity! I am in love with your indoor slide combo – wherever did you get it?

  3. What a simple but fun way to explain the meaning of gravity and what it can do. I think reading gravity’s definition in a book makes it more complicated. I am sure Liam did enjoy the whole activity just looking at the photos.

  4. It’s called Rhapsody by Cedar Works. We were lucky to purchase this from a friend used so the cause was significantly lower. S cool to have! Everyone is always jealous when they come over.

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