Roots Preschool STEAM

Explore important science concepts with your preschoolers! This Roots Preschool STEAM is perfect for demonstrating how roots absorb water and nutrients from the soil. Don’t forget to add it to your next gardening preschool theme! 

collage of roots STEAM images with text: Soak It Up Roots STEAM for Little KidsThis week we’re learning about Planting Gardens and exploring topics such as Soil, Seed, Sun & Water, Worms, and of course Roots. This Roots Preschool STEAM was a huge hit around here and I’m willing to bet that your little kids will be totally captivated by this quick and easy STEAM experiment too!  

roots experiment set up on tray
Roots are the part of the plant that absorb water and nutrients from the soil. They also hold the plant in the ground and keep it upright. They store food for the plant. Yams carrots and potatoes are examples of root vegetables. 

paper towels starting to absorb colored water during roots experiment
Where can you find roots? Under the ground. At the bottom of a plant. In the soil. Regardless of how they describe it, most little kids know what roots are and where to find them.

close up of roots experiment as paper towels start to absorb colored water
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paper towel starting to absorb red water
Understanding what roots do is a bit more tricky, though. And that’s why I was so excited to see this plant roots activity included in today’s lesson plan. 

paper towel starting to absorb yellow water
Roots are an important part of plants. Flowers and trees have roots to help absorb water and nutrients from the soil and science experiments such as today’s root STEAM are the perfect way to demonstrate that.  

Life science activities for preschool are great for exploring the scientific method with your little learners.

Roots Preschool STEAM

What you’ll need

  • Clear Cups (3)
  • Paper Towels
  • Food Coloring
  • Water

Here’s how to do it

  • Add a drop of yellow food coloring to one cup of water and red food coloring to another.
  • Twist two paper towels and put one end of each in an empty cup and the other ends in the two water cups.

We asked the question what happens… What happens to the paper towels? What happens to the empty cup?  

paper towel transferring red water to an empty cup
The paper towels are similar to roots in that they move the water from one cup to another. We made a hypothesis that the paper towels would absorb the water and move it into the empty cup.

paper towel transferring yellow water to an empty cup
Because we started with red and yellow water, we assumed the two colors would mix and we’d end up with orange water. We set up this activity on a table in the studio and watched it throughout the day. 

colored water being absorbed by paper towels for roots experiment
Both the little guy and baby girl were so excited when they saw the colors start to mix in the empty cup. It was such an incredible teachable moment! 

cups of colored water with paper towels for roots experiment
As a homeschool mama, I love the engaging and hands-on activities included in each month’s preschool curriculum kit. These thematic studies are perfect for lots of fun family learning that includes both my preschooler and my first grader.  

paper towels in clear cups of colored water for roots preschool STEAM
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our gardening theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time)

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collage of roots STEAM images with text: Soak It Up Roots STEAM for Preschoolers