Experimenting
With
Kids

50 Amazing Science Projects

You Can Perform on Your Child Ages 2-5

Turn your preschooler into a 50‑in‑1 science project kit!

In this sequel to Experimenting With Babies, you can continue the fun after your baby has graduated from toddlerhood.

Re-create landmark studies in child development in your own home and watch your little one achieve developmental milestones in real time with this fascinating hands-on guide. Whether your child is just beginning to speak in sentences or is on their way to kindergarten, these easy and surprising projects will help you to see the world through your child's eyes — and also give you the tools to help them master new skills as they grow.

Covering ages two through five, the experiments reveal research-backed insights about different areas of mental, physical, and social growth. Some examples include:

  • Understanding language syntax
  • Learning to pick up the rules of a game without being told
  • Developing the impulse to lie
  • Testing memory

For any parent who looks at their young child and thinks, "What on earth is going on in there?" this book will help you find out!

Praise for "Experimenting With Kids"

"So fun! But also important: The more you practice observing and guiding your child, the easier it will be to let go of hovering and controlling. Your child will thank you for doing these experiments."

Tracy Cutchlow, author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science


Praise for "Experimenting With Babies"

"For most parents, coaxing your baby to eat Cheerios off the highchair tray is a pretty satisfying accomplishment. Shaun Gallagher has taken that parental fascination with offspring and turned it into an entertaining and helpful book."

Chicago Tribune, "Taking a few baby steps with science"


"Experimenting With Babies: 50 Amazing Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid illuminates how children acquire skills such as walking, talking and sharing, and how they develop, physically and emotionally, during the first 24 months of life. Shaun Gallagher pored over journal articles, most of which were published in the last decade, to find experiments that didn't require special equipment, could be performed easily and over a short period of time, and that had a 'clear takeaway' message for parents to reflect on."

Maclean's, "Equipment Needed: Baby, Aged Zero to Two"


"Experimenting With Babies offers insights on infant development and parenting with a humorous twist. ... The heart of the book is not the experiments themselves, but takeaways that provide the new parent with developmental clues and suggestions for age-appropriate activities. Parents will appreciate these tips and Gallagher's whimsical tone, whether or not they experiment on their own tykes."

Publishers Weekly review


"This is a unique work that presents an enjoyable and intelligent look at child development. It is a graceful bridge between parenting and research and is ideal for anyone with a wee one."

Library Journal starred review

About the projects

ProjectPrimary Research AreaAge Range
Artistic Intent
Perception
2 3
Bad Liars
Cognitive Development
2 3
Impossible Adding
Number Sense
2 3
In the Groove
Motivation
2 3
Sticking Around
Cognitive Development
2 3
Success Is Successive
Language Development
2 3
Syntactic Sugar
Language Development
2 3
The Long and the Short
Perception
2 3
Wake or Sleep
Perception
2 3
Winners, More or Less
Cognitive Development
2 3
Degrees of Distinction
Language Development
2 3 4
Leading Notes
Motivation
2 3 4
That’s the Point
Memory and Attention
2 3 4
Affirming Actions
Cognitive Development
2 3 4 5
First Dibs 2 3 4 5
Less Is More
Cognitive Development
3 4
Majority Rulers 3 4
Symbols Crash
Language Development
3 4
The Effect of Causes
Language Development
3 4
A Strange Sort
Cognitive Development
3 4 5
Brain Blocks the Pain
Perception
3 4 5
Dubious Advice 3 4 5
Fishing for Prizes
Cognitive Development
3 4 5
Focusing Exercise
Memory and Attention
3 4 5
Get a Grip
Motor Skills
3 4 5
O, Really!
Language Development
3 4 5
Of Pigeons and Preschoolers
Decision Making
3 4 5
On Premises 3 4 5
Paw Presence
Memory and Attention
3 4 5
Pretzel Logic
Decision Making
3 4 5
Shape-shifting Sensitivity
Perception
3 4 5
Share What’s Fair 3 4 5
Tailored Teaching
Cognitive Development
3 4 5
Taught or Not
Perception
3 4 5
That Ain’t Random
Number Sense
3 4 5
The Curse of Knowledge
Cognitive Development
3 4 5
What Speaks Louder? 3 4 5
Who Knows Best? 3 4 5
Integrated Facts
Memory and Attention
4
Working Memory Workout
Memory and Attention
4
Absorption Awareness
Memory and Attention
4 5
Bended Estimates
Number Sense
4 5
Fantastic Work
Cognitive Development
4 5
Know Your Audience 4 5
The “Knew It All Along” Error
Memory and Attention
4 5
The Batman Effect
Motivation
4 5
The Playground Judge 4 5
Trying to Forget
Memory and Attention
4 5
A Light Wait
Memory and Attention
5
No Sway 5