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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Preschool Physics and Engineering Lesson with Ramps

All you need is a lot of cardboard and you will have a wealth of meaningful activities for your child.
In this activity your child will be learning engineering and construction. They will learn theories in physics; gravity, velocity, inclined planes, and speed. If you are doing this with more than one child they will learn teamwork and social skills.


When I made the ramps I wanted the children to have as much flexibility and options to create as possible. Therefore, I used strong but flexible tape for the middle sections. I left enough space between the two pieces of cardboard so that the ramps would bend giving the children the opportunity to vary the inclined planes.


I used some boxes as tunnels that could still be used as ramps. I made some low boxes to wedge the ramps in so that they would stay up.


I included sealed boxes for the children to build the ramps on.


I made cardboard handles on the ramps so that they could more easily move,
balance and hold the ramps in place.


I also left pieces of boxes (as shown in the picture above) to catch the items at the bottom of the ramps.










This is a project that you can fold up into a box and bring out again and again. To make it a new and different experience each time use different items for the children to use on the ramps such as cars, trains, pegs, and balls of varying sizes and types.

5 comments:

  1. This looks super fun! It's even better that it's educational :) TY for sharing!

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  2. Great way for the kids to have fun, learn and keep busy off of electronics, or tv...love it!

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  3. What a great way to teach while kids are learning! Love using cardboard!

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  4. We just decided that I will be homeschooling if my son does not want to go to school so I will be following all your great tips for things to do with him, keep them coming I need all the help I can get!

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  5. My husband did this just 2 days ago with my son - he LOVED it. He also made a tunnel, which was a huge hit :)

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