Children ages 3 to 5 years old are incredibly curious, inquisitive, enthusiastic bundles of energy who are so ready to absorb everything presented to them. If you plan exciting lessons, preschool-age children are always ready to learn. This is especially true of hands-on science experiments. Rather than teaching preschool-age children all the steps of the scientific process, I like to focus on teaching them two terms: prediction and observation.
For prediction, I ask the question “What do you think will happen if we (insert activity)?” Children can make whatever guesses they would like. As a teacher, you can record all the predictions on a marker board. For one or two children at home, you could record the responses on a chart (see below). For observation, I ask the question “What happened?” or “What did we see?” Again, responses can be recorded. Predictions and observations can then be compared. Were the predictions correct or incorrect?
Teaching science to preschoolers can be so much fun! To learn more, check out How Do You Clean a Penny? on Mom It Forward.