This post includes an easy science activity for kids, a guide on how to make a pulley. This post also includes project-based learning book recommendations.
My sons enjoy simple building with blocks, with tracks, with Legos, with beans, with marshmallows, with straws, with rocks, with sticks…you name it, they like to build with it. That includes this super easy to make a DIY pulley.
How to Make a Pulley – An Easy Science Activity for Kids
When I came across the book Explore Simple Machines!, I had to pick it up. The book includes 25 fairly simple, accessible projects for children (and adults) to build in order to better understand the science behind the machinery behind the building and construction of structures and vehicles.
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I also appreciate the history and key language behind these simple machines, adding context to make the learning for all of us long-lasting. The book discusses pulleys and explains how to make a movable pulley. We gave it a shot and thought we'd share with you.
Learn How to Make a DIY Pulley with Kids
DIY Pulley Science Discussion
- Talk about how the container moves along the string.
- What causes the container to go faster, slower, be unstable, and so on.
- Also, notice the load the “pulley” carries. What does it do?
- How would the pulley change with the material of the string? of the container? the strength of the magnet?
- How would the pulley be impacted by the weight/shape of the load?
Simple Machines: Project Based Learning Books
- Explore Simple Machines! includes loads of fun historical tidbits and projects easy to bring into your home or classroom.
- Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors is one of my favorites. Gorgeous book with loads of hands-on project-based learning activities for young children. The best part? The projects are accessible to parents in the home and teachers in the classroom.
- Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners is a keeper. I have earmarked this book. I love the straightforward tone of the author. Plus it is easy to read. A wonderful guide for parents and teachers.