The “Help Yourself Shelf” is a necessity for any Studio, classroom, or children’s home art area!
As a culmination to our machines and contraptions project the PreK class created their own contraption…The Sliderator. The Sliderator is an elaborate marble run featuring a crank, inclined planes, tubes, hand painted blinking signs, rules for use, a ladder, a funnel, a lifeguard chair (to retrieve marbles that have escaped), and a musical tree! We shared our Sliderator and documentation with the other classes and parents during our Holiday Program.
A vinyl rain gutter capped and sealed on the ends was so much fun during Preschool Science Camp! Creating boats and using our own wind force to move them was a just right challenge for the 4-5 year olds! This could definitely be expanded into a project.
I used the same activity at a K-2 science camp but added more boat research and exploration of buoyancy and force. We also experimented more with the construction of the boats – size and shape of the boats (pool noodle), sails (parchment paper) and masts (skewers).
Measuring the length of our “route,” using stopwatches and counting how many breaths it takes incorporates math standards.