Nectar STEAM Activity

Explore natural and earth science while practicing fine motor skills with your preschoolers this spring using this quick and easy Transfer the Nectar STEAM Activity. This adorable idea is the perfect addition to your list of STEAM activities for your next bee preschool theme. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it!

collage of Nectar STEAM images with text: Nectar Transfer Sensory Activity STEAM for KidsThis week meant a brand new preschool theme and with it came lots of engaging and hands-on activities. We’re learning about Bee Basics and of course having lots of fun in the process.

preschooler using eyedropper to squeeze colored water into ice cube trayToday’s topic was Food and our question of the day was, “What do you think bees eat?” We learned that bees have two stomachs; one for eating and the other for saving food to take to the nest.

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

preschooler squeezing colored water into ice cube tray using eyedropperDid you know that bees collect nectar and pollen for food and to help pollinate plants? Preschool themes such as this one are perfect for helping little learners understand important life science concepts such as why bees are helpful to us.

preschooler using eyedropper to collect colored water from bowlNectar STEAM

Set Up

  • Place a bowl of colored water, eyedroppers, and ice cube trays on a table.
  • Invite children to use an eyedropper to suck up “nectar” (water) and carry it to the “hive” (ice cube tray).
  • Encourage them to squeeze the “nectar into the cells of the “hive.”

hexagon-shaped ice cube tray containing colored waterBig Questions

  • How do you carry food? How does a bee carry nectar?
  • What happens when you squeeze the eyedropper?
  • Why might it be hard for a bee to fill a big honeycomb?
  • Why do you think bees work together and share one hive?

preschooler filling ice cube tray with colored water using eyedropperBoth kiddos had a wonderful time transferring the “nectar” from the bowls to the adorable honeycomb-shaped ice cube trays.

preschooler using eyedropper and colored water to fill hexagone-shaped ice cube trayAnd when we were finished, we froze the colored water to make hexagon-shaped ice cubes for even more bee-themed learning fun!

preschooler filling hexagon-shaped ice cube tray with colored water using eyedroppersDon’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our bees and butterflies preschool theme from Experience Preschool!

collage of Nectar STEAM images with text: Nectar Transfer Sensory Activity for Preschoolers