|Creating a building with gumdrops|
We owe it to ourselves, our future and our children to learn to love science. As I tell the students, “Science is everywhere!” and I promise Science isn’t scary! I hope I can help you and your child learn to love science.
Your elementary school child may need help to realize that physics is a part of science; they mainly think of mad scientists in a lab with beakers and potions as the only thing that is really science. Make a game with your child to find bridges, new buildings and any construction. Tell them they are an architect and help them to BUILD! Legos are great but it is great to be able to eat your buildings!
As part of our simple machines unit, on of our favorite activities is to build houses out of gumdrops and toothpicks and then draw our creations on this gum drop paper!
You can also try these great sites with your child:
All about simple machines: try to find ten simple machines in each room of the house, (you can email me if you get stuck! There is at least one sneaky machine in each room!)
Friction: Find the best track surfaces to make the car go the furthest.
Forces in Action: How far will the truck go?
|Race Car Party|
Here’s hoping that the force will be with you as you and your child explore physical science!
Lisa Niver Rajna, M.A. Ed. With over 12 years of classroom teaching experience and an additional 11 years working in camps and on cruise ships, you will always get great science experiments and experiential learning from Lisa.
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