Submitted by: sumana
This activity teaches children the concept of rolling and introduces gravity.
36 - 60 months
1 - 8 tots
- 1 Newspaper
- Balls (rubber or wooden balls)
- Clay (or playdough)
- Pebbles (round smooth pebbles)
- Wood (Wooden plank 3-6' in length)
- Blocks (or weights)
- Divide children into groups.
- Roll the newspapers into tight small balls or make balls out of clay and or play dough.
- Place the wooden plank on a slant with an angle of 45-50 degree. Stabilize the plank with weights or blocks to prevent movement.
- Have children take turns, rolling the balls down the plank.
- Discuss their observations. Which balls roll in a straight line, which wander? Does the weight of the ball make a difference? Why don't things roll up the plank?
- Discuss other things that might roll; oranges, eggs, toys.
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