Science for Littles: Levers

Johnny learns about levers 
A friend of mine set up this simple lever activity for the science coop we created this summer. Each kid had a long piece of wood, some blocks, and a rock. They used the blocks to create their pivot point, and then learned how, the closer the rock was on the long piece of wood to the pivot point (also called the fulcrum), the easier it was to lift the rock!

I’m linking this post up to Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

11 thoughts on “Science for Littles: Levers”

  1. How fun. This is the sort of learning activity that never occurs to me.
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  2. @Jen – When I first saw the set-up, I was a little concerned about catapult potential, but luckily the weight of the rock combined with the low pivot point made that impossible =)

    @Ticia – That absolutely makes sense, because I have the same problem!

  3. This is very clever – I wonder if I could recreate it here. I am sure kids enjoyed this simple science a lot.
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  4. Elisa | blissfulE

    I adore physics (almost switched my major), and this looks like so much fun!! Phenomenal photo, too.

    How great to have a science coop. Wish we lived near you…
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