24 Simple Machine Projects for Kids

If you are looking for some fun STEM activities for kids of all ages you are going to love these hands on simple machines projects! Kids will learn about the 6 simple machines: inclined planes, wheel & axel, wedges, levers, pulley, and screws.
24 Simple Machines projects for kids - so many clever, fun, and unique science experiments to explore simple machines for classroom, science project, and homeschool for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade. PLUS love the 5 week unit diving more in depth along with free printable simple machine worksheets for kids!!

Last year we learned about simple machines with a really fun, hands on 5 week Simple Machines Unit.  It was so much fun that we wanted to follow up our study with some review activities.

Learn about simple machines like inclined planes, wheel & axel, wedges, levers, pulley, and screws with these fun science experiments for kids.

Simple Machine Activities for Kids

  1. Archimedes Screw Exploration from High Hill Education
  2. Banister Pulley from Hands on As We Grow
  3. Build a Model Elevator (pulley) from eHow
  4. Button Wheel & Axel Cars from Almost Unschoolers
  5. Corn Pulley from Play at Home Mom LLC
  6. Easy to Make Stick Pulley from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
  7. Exploring Forces & Motion from A Day in First Grade
  8. Friction Lab from Stem Mom
  9. Inclined Planes Art from Strong Start
  10. Inclined Planes “Egg”speriment from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
  11. Launching Snowman (levers) from Buggy & Buddy
  12. Make a Crane from At Home with Ali
  13. Make an Archimedes Screw from Walk Beside Me
  14. Movable Pulley with Paper Clips from Carrots are Orange
  15. Nails vs. Screws from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
  16. Nuts, Bults & Screw Sculptures from Preschool Powol Packets
  17. Paper Towel Roll Catapult (aka Lever) from Kids Activities Blog
  18. PVC Pipe Pulley from Little Bins for Little Hands
  19. Rolling Pin Pulley from Kids Activities Blog
  20. Tissue Box Catapult (aka Lever) from Premeditated Leftovers
  21. Using Marbles to Experiment with Forces from Inclined Planes from The Techy Teacher
  22. What’s the Big Deal with a Fulcrum? (Lever) from Ozark Ramblings
  23. Your Arm is a Lever from Parents
  24. I Spy Simple Machines from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.