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Kindergarten Science Activities - Life Science

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Kindergarten science activities include the investigation of life sciences, the scientific study of living organisms, like plants, animals, and human beings.

Children use their senses to observe the similarities and differences of local plants and animals and share their discoveries through discussion, questions, drawings, collections and play.

Young children begin by observing the characteristics of a variety of life forms in their immediate surroundings such as spiders or bean plants.

Play with life science toys and objects help children understand the anatomy and the changes living things encounter.

Science center materials:

Page 1 -Earth Science Resources
Page 2 - Physical Science Resources
This page - Life Science Resources

Life sciences - characteristics of living things



Ideas for use


Life cycle stages toys

animal life stages toys

Life cycle stages toys allow children to participate in kindergarten science activities that help them learn about animal life cycles with play. Kits are available for earthworms, ants, silkworms, ladybugs and more.

Introduce new vocabulary as children play with them, sort them and talk about them.

Habitat Science Kits

Science Habitat Kits

Habitat science kits allow children to see insect metamorphosis up close. Most are reusable and collapsible.

Live Butterfly for habitats  

Life caterpillars

Live specimens for the Butterfly Garden above. Children see the transformation of caterpillar to butterfly.

Life Cycle Puzzle Sets

Life Cycle Puzzle Sets

After children have had a chance to observe how animals change throughout their lifecycle (caterpillar to butterfly), use these puzzles to help them cement their knowledge.


Children's Microscopes  

Children's microscope

Microscopes and magnifying glasses help children describe characteristics of local plants and animals e.g. color, shape, size, texture. Let children describe their observations in their own words, e.g. for a leaf found in winter..."This leaf has no skin on it."



Children can listen to their heartbeat and their friends and pets as well.

Animal Anatomy Models

Frog Model

Many see through animals are available commercially. They help children describe the appearance and behavior of a variety of animals and give them insight into animal structures such as skeletal, muscle and organ systems.


animal puppets

Preschool and kindergarten science activities that include playing with animal puppets help children learn what plants and animals need to stay healthy.

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