I just packed up my classroom and as I did I realized how many activities, especially science and math activities I haven’t shared here. This backyard animal discovery bottle activity has been a hit in my classroom for years. It’s so simple to make and was in constant rotation on our science table. Science for preschool can range from actual experiments to simply exploring aspects of our natural world. I have lots of science activities for preschool in this post including this simple preschool science idea.
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Start by dyeing your rice. I just pop rice in a ziplock, add some food color ( usually 4-5 drops to start) shake and when the color is even I lay it out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper until dry.
While waiting for it to dry take photos of your figurines. You can take one group photo or individual ones and use a collage software like picmonkey.com to create a collage. Print and laminate.
Add a little rice then some of the figurines. Repeat until all the rice and figurines are in.
Pop the top on and secure with glue and or tape.
Put the mat and bottle out together and investigate. My students love to do this in pairs. One calls out the animal from the mat and the other searches for it.
For even more preschool science ideas check out our science section here –> Preschool Science