I have put together my favorite science tools and toys for preschool and kindergarten to help you find only the best manipulatives for your classroom and students.
I love science because it covers such a variety of topics. Animals, colors, nature, and space are all included! We can also throw in a little chemistry and try some experiments. Let’s dive right in and I’ll show you some science things I LOVE and have in the science center in my classroom.
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Favorite Science Tools and Toys for Preschool and Kindergarten
Use this microscope to let students get a close-up view of anything from rocks, seashells, and other items. This one is easy to use thanks to the double eyepiece. It’s just right for your little scientists!
And if you get a microscope get these slides! This set of microscope slides are made just for young learners. It includes 24 slides that cover pollen, feathers, textiles, and even small creatures.
Explore the world around you with these gigantic magnifies. They are easy for little hands to hold and are a great easy to use tool to have on hand.
Your students will LOVE wearing a lab coat and safety goggles just like a real scientist!
Teach students how to compare weight and objects. They will learn that not all items are created equal. You will hear lots of math vocabulary as they weigh and compare items using this scale.
Scientist depend on measurements to do their job. This scale will give students the ability to weigh items and record their measurements. Let your students explore many different types of measurement tools during the year by having two different kinds of scales.
Playing…. I mean learning, with magnets is so much fun. This kit has everything students need to learn about magnetism. Magnets are a MUST in a preschool and kinder classroom!
This set has everything needed to conduct experiments. From beakers, goggles, test tubes, eyedroppers, and more… students will have a blast learning, measure, and experimenting with all these tools.
Scientists are always sorting and classifying! Put this tray on your science table to encourage your students to sort and classify rocks, leaves, shells, fruit, or whatever you have on your science table. Put out tweezers next to the tray so help them examine the items as they sort.
Introduce students to the science of precious stones. This sample comes with a variety of rocks from around the world. Start a rock collection in your science center!
Plant seeds and observe them grow in this root viewer! Students will be able to observe what happens above and below the ground!
These guys look like the real thing! This set comes with a grasshopper, butterfly, ant, and more.
Students can explore and examine the lifecycle of insects with these figures. Put them in order or sort them!
I know everyone gets caterpillars but try something new and get an ANT FARM this year! Your scientists will love observing and learning all about ants as they crawl and create tunnels in the ant hill! It is so important to have living things in your science center. Remember to have plants, fish, pets, or some kind of insect for studenst to observe.
Animal science is a topic every kiddo loves to learn about. This jungle playset is a great way to teach students about habitats.
Build with gears… and planets! These building sets give students a challenge as they try to get all of the gears to work together.
Turn your classroom into outer space with this set of inflatable planets! Students can touch, examine, and classify these inflatable planets.
Mixing colors is a science! Let’s introduce kids to the color changing magic by mixing things up a bit.
Here is another tool you can use to show how colors change when you mix them together. Talk about learning through colored glasses!
Build skyscrapers, bridges, and more all while introducing a little engineering to students. This is for pre-k and kinder scientists!
Don’t forget to add STEM to your science center! Visit my favorite STEM tools and toys list HERE.
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