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Building Preschool Science Experiments: Testing Foundations- How Buildings Work

Who’s ready for some fun building preschool science experiments? Have you ever wondered how tall buildings don’t fall over?  Or how a pole when placed in the ground doesn’t do the same?

J has been quite curious about tall buildings and skyscrapers lately and so I decided to do a few quick preschool science experiments on how buildings work.

This post is a part of the Kids STEM Activities A-Z Series hosted by Little Bins for Little Hands.

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The science of building is actually quite extraordinary and yet logical. I however wonder how many errors they had to endure before they got it right. J also loves building and stacking things and it is also winter- so I decided to put these two elements together.

What You Need for these
Building Preschool Science Experiments

  • building blocks (the long ones)
  • square blocks
  • Snow (dirt or sand)
  • container to house experiment
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Building Preschool Science Experiments Directions

1) Place your container on a flat surface and then fill about 3/4 of it with snow.

2) Ask your preschooler to place 1 long building block in the snow to stand up. DO NOT specify how deep they should put it.

3) Ask your preschooler to place the second building block deeper than they did the first one.


4) Grab your square blocks. Ask your preschooler to stack 3 blocks on the first long block. Ask them what happened to the long block.  (The tower will fall once the third block is placed.)

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5) Do the same for the second long block that is buried deeper in the snow. Ask your preschooler what is happening. If necessary, you may have to say, “The first block fell over because it was not deep enough. Is the second block deep enough? How do you know? We know it’s deep enough because our building is still standing.

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Tuesday 21st of April 2015

[…] Foundations: How Buildings Work – This activity is best for kindergarten-age children or younger. In it, participants stick a foundation block in snow and then place other blocks on top of it to test its sturdiness. Then, they place a second foundation block deeper in the snow. They’ll place blocks on top of it, and come away with a great lesson in building a strong foundation. […]

Helen @ Witty Hoots

Wednesday 11th of February 2015

A great experiment thank you for linking up with the Frugal Family Linky


Sunday 8th of February 2015

This is a great idea for early learning!

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