Preschool Science Recipes: Get Messy with your Kids!


Looking for a fun and educational way to spend some time with your preschooler? Make preschool science recipes together. Your preschooler will learn about science "experiments" and develop math skills by measuring ingredients.

And... the fun doesn't stop there. Once your "experiments" are done, your preschooler or toddler will have a blast getting her hands gooey and dirty. She'll learn about different sensory experiences, develop fine motor muscles needed for learning to write, and create some easy preschool crafts.



* I have noted when recipes call for cooking or hot ingredients (some are better prepped without your preschooler). As always, supervise your children when they are cooking and playing with the following science recipes.


Salt Dough

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3/4 cup hot tap water

Directions

  • Mix salt and flour in a bowl
  • Slowly add water until the dough become "elastic"
  • Knead the dough until everything is mixed
  • Get out the rolling pins, cookie cutters, and your child's imagination!
  • To dry... place on a cookie sheet in a 200 oven for 4-6 hours (thicker pieces will take longer to harden completely)
  • Cool and paint finished projects
Notes and Ideas
  • Salt dough projects make perfect preschooler handmade gifts, try...
    • Pinch pots for unique candy dishes
    • Holiday shapes with a hole in the top for easy Christmas ornaments
    • Other shapes for fun paper weights



Drawing Dough

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup salt
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • washable tempera paints

Directions

  • Mix water, salt, and flour in a bowl
  • Divide mixture into a separate bowl for each desired color
  • Mix in a few drops of tempera paint into each bowl
  • Pour into plastic squeeze bottles (recycle or buy from your local craft store)
  • Have your child squeeze away and create colorful designs on heavy paper (card stock, construction, or paint paper work best)
  • Lay pictures flat to dry (this may take awhile if your preschool used lots of paint!)


Colored Sand

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • Food Coloring
  • Ziploc Bag

Directions

  • Put salt and food coloring into Ziploc Bag- about 5 drops of food coloring for every 1/2 cup of salt
  • Shake or squish ingredients together (perfect for your toddler or preschooler to do)
  • Spread on wax paper to dry
  • Keep in airtight container

Ideas for Play

  • Layer different colors of "sand" in babyfood jars for an easy craft
  • Make a design on paper with Elmer's glue. Sprinkle "sand" on paper and dump excess. Allow to dry.


Flubber (one of our favorites preschool science recipes!)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp Borax
  • 8 oz Elmer's glue
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • food coloring

Directions

  • In one container, mix glue, 2/3 cup warm water, and food coloring until glue dissolves
  • In a separate container, dissolve Borax in 3/4 cup of water
  • Pour glue mixture into Borax mixture
  • Using your hands, mix and lift the mixture until it is well combined (when mixed, flubber should not stick to hands)

Ideas for Play

  • Give your preschooler his own container of flubber to lift, squish, and experiment
  • My son likes to play with his "machines" in the flubber. PLEASE NOTE- flubber gets stuck in wheels (I learned this the hard way), so only use plastic toys that can be rinsed under water.
  • One more note- DO NOT allow your kids to use flubber to "slime" each other. It does not easily some out of hair (a friend learned that the hard way!)


Playdough
**Your preschooler can help mix the ingredients, but cooking should be done by an adult
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • Food coloring (if desired)

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients together in a sauce pan
  • Cook on stove until thickened to a playdough consistency





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