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30 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 Machine Projects for Kids! Kids will learn about the 6 simple machines: inclined planes, wheel & axel, wedges, levers, pulley, and screws.

30 EPIC projects to explore simple machines for kids! These are such fun, hands on science projects for kids of all ages #simplemachines #scienceproject #scienceisfun

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.pulley-science-experiment-using-tin-cans

Simple Machine Projects

  • Archimedes Screw Exploration from High Hill Education is a simple project using a plastic bottle that showcases how this invention made hundreds of years ago was able to move material.
  • Kids will get a kick out of moving toys from downstairs to upstairs using this Banister Pulley from Hands on As We Grow
  • Kids are sure to be impressed by this working elevator model that explores pulleys from How to Adult
  • Let your kids imaginations run wild as they make their own Button Wheel & Axel Cars from Almost Unschoolers
  • This Corn Pulley from Play at Home Mom LLC is just what your preschooler needs in their sandbox to make simple machines come alive
  • Pulley Experiment for Kids from 123 Homeschool 4 Me uses common household items like cans to make a fun-to-try simple machine
  • No time to make your own simple machine, no worries! Do what Exploring Forces & Motion from A Day in First Grade did
  • Simple machines and art collide in this fun Inclined Planes Art from Strong Start
  • Explore the usefulness of Inclined Planes  in this “Egg”speriment from 123 Homeschool 4 Me


Simple Machines for Kids


Six Simple Machines

  • This DIY Muscle Machine from KiwiCo is a fascinating project using pulleys.
  • I Spy Simple Machines from 123 Homeschool 4 Me is a free printable that not only teaches about simple machines, but gives instructions for a fun simple machines scavenger hunt too!
  • Bubble Machine Blower Machine from Teach Beside Me – this is such a fun idea kids will get excited about that explores the wheel simple machine
  • Lego Zipline from Little Bins for Little Hands is such a cool project to explore pulleys with kids
  • This easy to make pulley and lever board from Inspiration Labratories is the perfect introductory project to do indoors with kids of all ages!
  • Levers have never been more fun than when you create one out of recycled materials like The OT Toolbox
  • DIY Craft Stick Catapult is a fun-to-try activity learning about levers from Coffee Cups and Crayons
  • Make science come alive for kids with this Straw Roller coaster from Frugal Fun 4 Boys that explores inclined planes with kids!
  • Dive into history with this Ancient Civilization Irrigation Model that explores several simple machines from Teach Student Savvy

30Simple 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!! #simplemachines #scienceactivities #homeschooling

With over 30 creative, fun, and unique ideas for teaching simple machines for kids you are bound to find the perfect project for your target audience. Your hardest choice is which one of these science projects to try first!


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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com where she shares Kindergarten spedicif worksheets,& educational ideas.

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