Summer Science Activities for Preschoolers

By Hollie Barattolo

Summer was made for science! It’s the perfect season to learn more about the sky, the sun during the day and the moon at night and celebrate bright days with colorful science! Check out these summer science activities for preschoolers.

 

Summer Activities for Preschoolers:

 

Fireless Fireworks in a Jar

Sun and Sunscreen

The Moon

 

Books About Summer for Preschoolers:

 

Nonfiction:

Staying Safe in the Sun by Acorn Books

Seashells, Crabs, and Sea Stars  by Christiane Kump Tibbitts

Daytime and Nighttime All Through the Year by Diane Lang

Zoo in the Sky by Jaqueline Mitton

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McNaulty

Moon! Earth’s Best Friend by Stacy McNaulty

Sun! One in a Billion by Stacy McNaulty

How to Survive as a Firefly by Kristen Foote

So You Want to Be an Owl by Jane Porter

The Turning of the Year by Bill Martin Jr. 

The Reasons for the Seasons by Gail Gibbons

Do I Have to Wear a Coat?  by Rachel Isadora

 

Fiction:

Four Seasons in One Day by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

Pop! by Jason Carter Eaton

Fun in the Sun by David Catrow

The Sandcastle that Lola Built by Megan Maynor 

Cannonball by Sacha Carter

The Hike by Allison Farrell

The Camping Trip by Jennifere K. Mann

Down by the Bay by Nadine Bernard Westcott

The Grasshopper and the Ants by Jerry Pickney

Night Animals by Gianna Marino

 

Summer Science Webinar Recording: 

 

 

Summer Science Presentation

 

Download the Summer Science webinar presentation here.

 

Standards & Alignments

The activities and resources outlined here align with many early learning standards.

 

ECERS-3

 

  1. Children have a natural desire to explore, to build, and to question. Through open-ended exploration, children interact with materials in nature and scientific materials/tools to explore and learn about their world.

 

PA Early Learning Standards

 

  1. Children have an innate desire to experiment and investigate while gathering data to make conclusions.

  2. Children’s immediate environment and daily surroundings provide the best context for science learning. Some ways they do this include observing, measuring, investigating, sorting, and comparing. 

  3. Adults scaffold children’s thinking by asking open-ended questions that encourage problem-solving and critical thinking.

 

Head Start

 

  1. Children first construct scientific knowledge by using their five senses to interact with the environment.  That is how they make sense of their world.

  2. Young children’s incli­nation to be curious, explore, experiment, ask questions, and develop their own theories about the world makes science an important domain for enhancing learning.

  3. Problem-solving skills, children’s reasoning, and their representation of their learning becomes more complex as they gain new abilities to ask questions, gather information, and think critically.   

 

CLASS

 

  1. Adults facilitate activities to promote students’ higher-order thinking skills, such as problem-solving, predicting, comparing, and classifying.

 

ALL

 

  1. Adults facilitate children’s development of those skills that support discovery and inquiry while promoting their natural curiosity.

 

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Hollie is certified K-8 teacher who has been educating in the informal education field since 2005. She has developed and implemented countless exciting STEAM programs for families, classrooms, and teachers focused on the natural world, the scientific process, and ancient life. Her professional passions are inquiry, whole family learning, experiential learning starting in early childhood, and the intersection of literacy and science instruction.

She has recently developed a community-based program that encourages families to use dramatic play to learn science, increase literacy skills, and have fun together for which she received the Drexel University Presidential Award for Civic Engagement. She is most proud of her work on a popular science storytelling program for preschool families and classrooms that combines a book club format with engaging programs, innovative curriculum, and a hysterical puppet storyteller.