Have your preschoolers read the story of the gingerbread man? It’s a classic, but there are lots of fun variations to read together too! While you’re at it, did you know you can use gingerbread cookies to teach early science concepts too?
Check out my favorite gingerbread cookie science experiment with an easy-to-use printable activity that will help your preschoolers learn about making observations, experimentation, and recording data. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun!
Keep reading the scoop on why preschool science is so important and discover more hands-on science learning fun with easy science activities for preschoolers and some fun science activity ideas for kids of all ages!
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Why Is Preschool Science Important?
Teaching science to preschoolers can be so much fun! Instead of focusing on theories and memorizing facts, we get to enlist our early learners in exploration and discovery.
Preschoolers learn about the world around them and discover all kinds of important scientific truths through observation and experimentation.
Open ended play is the best way to explore and learn about science with your preschoolers this winter. We can facilitate opportunities for preschoolers explore and observe in the classroom and at home with fun activities and science experiments.
There’s all kinds of hands-on science learning fun for preschoolers to experience!
In the end, science is all about connecting our children with the world. While they’re in preschool, we want to focus on encouraging kids to explore, be curious, and ask lots of questions.
These hands-on gingerbread cookie science experiments are a fun and easy way to encourage your preschoolers to get curious and ask questions.
Gingerbread Cookie Science Experiments
Gingerbread cookies are delicious, but did you know they’re great for conducting preschool science experiments too?
Check out some of my favorite gingerbread cookie science experiments below to learn about some engaging science activities for preschoolers to explore in the classroom and at home.
Gingerbread STEM Activity
STEM activities are so fun! They’re filled with science learning opportunities for preschoolers. Plus, they’re great for introducing preschool learners to early math and engineering concepts too. In this gingerbread STEM activity, your preschoolers will get to help the gingerbread man cross the river by building a boat for him.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Lemons cut in half with the flesh removed
- Modeling clay or play dough
- Cocktail sticks
- Jam jar lids
- Egg cartons
- Aluminum foil
- A water tray
- Gingerbread man cookies
Have your preschoolers use the materials to build boats that won’t sink for the gingerbread man cookies to travel safely across the “river” (water tray). Kids can work together to build boats or each child can build their own.
Gingerbread Cookie Science Experiment
In this gingerbread cookie science experiment, kids will get to see what happens to the gingerbread man in different liquids. You’ll use vinegar, soda, and hot water in three different cups to test your gingerbread cookies.
I’ve put together differentiated worksheets to make it easy for your preschoolers to record what they think will happen and the results they observe with a combination of drawing and writing about the science activity.
It’s a fun way for preschoolers to begin using the scientific method!
More Easy Science Activities for Preschoolers
If you’re looking for more easy science activities for preschoolers, don’t miss my favorite winter science experiment printables and hands-on science activities for kids:
You can learn all about how Candy Canes change in different liquids using mu printable candy cane science experiment. This science experiment for kids is a fun way to learn this Christmas with early science concepts.
My hot chocolate science experiment is a fun way for kids to see what happens to marshmallows at different temperatures. Use an edible marker to draw a snowman face on each marshmallow for added holiday fun.
Then, tell me all about how your preschoolers liked this gingerbread cookie science experiment in the comments. I can’t wait to read them!