Ramping it up

by Deb on July 8, 2011

We have a lovely straight expanse of tiles, so we set up a small ramp using a folder and rolled things down it. We’d been playing skittles, so it was a logical extension. There are so many things we can play with in just this simple activity, it wandered all over the place.

First we tried rolling different things down, including balls, discs, beads and water bottles. The girls worked out very quickly that round things would go down. It’s a pity we didn’t have cars to play with too.

Then they got competitive and started to see how far they could get things to go. A steeper slope was very helpful.

We settled on water bottles and compared full and empty bottles. Big girl predicted the full one would go further because it was heavier.

A good thing about the tiles was that it was like working on a giant grid. We could easily see if they were going straight and how far they had gone. Big girl started marking where things got to then trying them again – they were remarkably consistent.

She was also trying to measure how far they had gone. I found it very confusing that rather than counting tiles she insisted on calling it “1 point” something. But she explained that when she did long jump that is how they measured it, so she thinks that is what measuring is. Which is logical for a five year old.

We kept testing by comparing bottles that were half full or a third full, successfully predicting they wouldn’t go as far.

And then we got out the plastic cups that go round in circles!

Just a few of the things we played with here:

  • Ramp slope
  • Type of roller
  • Roller shape
  • Weight of roller
  • Pushing versus rolling
  • Straightness
  • Measurement
  • Consistency

Another simple but fun way to spend some time.

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katepickle July 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

oh so simple and so cool!!!!!

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