One of the (many) science topics we explored during our homeschool year was simple machines. Delaney is especially interested in machines, tools, and inventions, so this was right up her alley.
We did a tool sort activity that the girls really loved, so I thought maybe your kiddos would enjoy it, too!
First, hunt around your house for tools and “machines” – you will want both tools with no moving parts and few/many moving parts. Our collection included:
- can opener
- electric drill
- bottle opener
- hole punch
- tape dispenser
- screw driver
- car (obviously this one didn’t fit on the counter!)
We spread the tools out on the counter and the girls spent some time checking them out. Some of the items, like the spoon and broom, were not ones which they typically thought of as “tools.” Lots of good discussion!
Then, it was time to sort. The girls sorted the tools into three piles: no moving parts, few moving parts, and many moving parts. They checked out how the tools worked, and had a great time trying to count how many moving parts our car had (a lot!).
If you are your kiddos are so inclined, you could record your tool sorting results on a chart. I wrote the tool names on labels, and the girls stuck them down in the correct columns. Easy!
Do you think your kids might enjoy a little tool exploration and sort? Let me know if you try it!
Idea inspired by ScienceWorks for Kids, Simple Machines