13 Ways to Make Things Move

by Deb on March 11, 2010

We move, we can move things directly, or we can do something a bit more indirect.  This is part of learning about cause and effect, movement and energy.

Little ones will just be thrilled to have an effect, big ones can play with it – how do I make it move further?

  1. Push
  2. Pull – the most direct ways of moving something.
  3. Pull back and let go – for an elastic band or branch it is more indirect, it stores the energy you put in by pulling then releases it.
  4. Blow – on a leaf, paper or insect, or make a simple windmill.  It’s another lovely demonstration that air is there because it can transfer a force.
  5. Put it under running water – very similar to blowing, but here you can see the water.
  6. Put it on a slope – whoah!  Gravity!  It doesn’t have to have wheels, we’ve sent many toys down the slide at the park.
  7. Knock the supports from under it – Gravity again.  And hours of giggling.
  8. Hit it with something else (eg a bat) – Exactly like blowing, but you are using the middle object to transfer the force.
  9. Put it in water and push or pull the water – this one’s a bit magic.  Try floating balls in water and scooping your hand past them to move them around.  You can even have races to see who can get their ball back first without touching it.
  10. Use a lever – It can be as simple as a shovel or a see-saw.  How does the balance point affect the movement?
  11. Use a pulley – The simplest pulley is a rope going around a pole to change direction – move something away from you by pulling towards you.  Or go around a few poles and see how easy it becomes to lift something.
  12. Use a fan – There are two levels of indirectness here – you are using a tool to move the air to move something else.  Try racing balloons around the room and see how little control you have!
  13. Go all out OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – My favourite is the Newton’s Cradle of sledghammers, watch this video, it’s seriously funny.  It might not be safe to show it to your kids though!

How have you had fun moving things around?

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Alice Audrey March 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

This is a great list. I could have really used it a couple of summers ago when I was trying to keep my kids busy.
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Brenda ND March 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Great post. I’m going to share this with my son who loves Science.
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Journeywoman March 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I enjoy that video too. Happy TT.
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Penny March 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm

What a great idea for a blog!!! My hubby is a High School Physics/Chemistry teacher. He will LOVE this! Can’t start too soon 🙂
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Deb March 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Thankyou! As an ex-high school science teacher, my sentiments exactly 😀


Hootin' Anni March 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

One excellent post….gave me a lot of enjoyment just reading it and picturing the kids in awe, learning!!!

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CountryDew March 12, 2010 at 12:02 am

That’s a great list. The video is terrific – I watch with awe and laughter.
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Harriet March 12, 2010 at 1:12 am
jehara March 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

love this!


Melissa Mashburn March 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I enjoyed that list. I home school my daughter so it was a great reminder of some of the science fun we have had.
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Polly March 28, 2011 at 2:19 am

I used to teach science and can say that anything that gets kids thinking for themselves, experimenting and trying to figure out patterns for themselves is going to help them out. All of these are great ideas and are really open ended so can be taken to any level.
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