Preschool Scientist

The tiniest human in our house has been obsessed with her “experiments”. Neil deGrasse Tyson has said that we shouldn’t get mad at kids for making messes and learning — kids are born scientists!
As much as love letting her explore and experiment, it can be trying at times.
After we tried the rubber egg experiment, eggs became her favourite thing to test.
After many, many broken eggs … we have had to enact certain rules to her experiments in hopes of teaching her about the scientific process and procedures.
We once joked about her giving us a research proposal in order to use more eggs.
We came up with the idea of having her document her experiments.
I created an experiment sheet for her to write (or in today’s case, have me write) about her experiment and draw a picture. This sheet is tiny human approved, as she requested more copies to be made for her experiments.

The Egg Experiment

According to Teghan, the tiny scientist, today’s experiment was to see if she could get the colour inside the plastic egg.
The equipment she needed included the plastic egg, markers and a brush.
She figured out yesterday that she could remove the ink from the markers into a bowl of water.
She wanted to try to and get the colour to stick to the plastic egg that was part of her older sisters old snap circuit set.
The conclusion was no, it didn’t stick BUT she did find out that the almost black marker had red ink in it. She was also impressed to figure that all the markers made a brown colour that “looked like chocolate milk”.
She was disappointed that there wasn’t any smell.

It’s a start.

I think we need to revisit the research proposal idea as she is getting close to exceeding her funding. She kept requesting more markers.
Thankfully, I figured out that the older markers without caps that I had found while I was cleaning her room worked perfectly.
I plan on keeping all her “data” and giving them to her when she is older.

Why not download the sheet and let your preschooler write and draw all about their experiments?
Be sure to comment if you do as we would love to hear what your kiddos are experimenting… and maybe it will save us on eggs.

9 thoughts on “Preschool Scientist

  1. This is really cute. I think I may have a 4 year old scientist type brain over here so I am trying to channel the energy into manageable experiments. Especially with a 2 year old in the house as well…

  2. Oh I LOVE this post!!! Especially the part about needing more research funding because about to exceed materials budget! As a former academic, married to someone who is still uni teaching, and with two kids who both LOVE unauthorized bathroom science experiments AND exceeding their raw materials allotment on crafting projects, I can so relate to this!!!

  3. That looks like such a fun idea. I need to do this with my son. Definitely running out of fun ideas to do at home.

  4. This is so fun! I love doing science experiments with my son. He’s loved them since he was in preschool too!

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