Exploring the Laws of Motion

Here’s another stellar example that makes the case for learning through play and the value of making available loose parts children can use and manipulate in ways of their own choosing!
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This child, age 5, is testing out gravity and Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion.  She is learning about simple machines like the lever and the inclined plane.  She may not be able to tell you about them but she is experiencing them here firsthand.  Ducksters is a website that explains science in simple terms for kids.

Our preschoolers have used the boards to make their own seesaws which is super fun but they have also discovered how to make a catapult and I will admit, I do like to be nearby to help guide which type of items are sent flying.  The inclined plane has helped them move some pretty heavy objects on their own with great feelings of satisfaction! You can read about the inclined plane solution here: That Time When a Little Frustration Was a Good Thing.

These boards are made of cedar and are normally used for decking. I had them cut into lengths of about 2-3 ft which seems about right for our purposes. They stand up very well in all kinds of weather but we do bring them indoors each day in the hopes of making them last as long as we possibly can.

If you do not have any boards for children to use in your outdoor play area, I highly recommend you go out and get some… they have provided so many excellent learning opportunities!

“Any fool can know.  The point is to understand.”  -Albert Einstein

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