The picture comes from here an amazing Montessori School! They had a wonderful post on simple machines and lessons, what a fantastic post!
Sid the Science Kid has an amazing episode featuring simple machines. Sid is a child attending a small Montessori like school. Check out this video clip from the show singing a song about the inclined plane. This show is amazing and they also have complete lesson plans for all of the hands on experiments they do on the show for small children.
We checked out our Gears set.
Marble run is an amazing set for discovering motion and gravity.
We found two amazing old factory pulleys at a flea market. We attached one to Xander's play structure, so he could haul up toys and sand into his tree house.
We played with our antique yarn spinner. A beautiful example of an early machine.
We took a look at our trucks and toys with simple cranes. Playmobil is wonderful, and has many fully functional mechanisms for kids to discover.
We checked out things like our clothes line, bicycle chains and gears.We also have a fantastic K'nex set for building simple machines.
We visit LOTS of Museums and Science Centres, and it's amazing how much there is to discover.
Simple machines are all around us.
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