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30 Simple Machine Projects for Kids

If you are learning about simple machines for kids and looking for some fun,hands-on  STEM activities for kids, you are going to love these simple machine projects. With over 30 creative simple machine activities, we will show you how to make a simple machine as you learn about the 6 simple machines: inclined planes, wheel & axel, wedges, levers, pulley, and screws. We have simple machines project ideas for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

If you are learning about simple machines for kids and looking for some fun,hands-on  STEM activities for kids, you are going to love these simple machine projects. With over 30 creative simple machine activities, we will show you how to make a simple machine as you learn about the 6 simple machines: inclined planes, wheel & axel, wedges, levers, pulley, and screws. We have simple machines project ideas for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

Simple machines for kids

Are your elementary age students learning about simle machines for kids? If so the best way to learn is to do; try making some simple machine projects to see how helpful simple machines are in action!  Using these simple machines projects you can learn about simple machines like inclined planes, wheel & axel, wedges, levers, pulley, and screws with these fun science experiments for kids. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – you will love that these simple machines experients are created making simple machines with household items! So keep scrolling, pick a DIY simple machines to try, and get working on simple machines at home with your preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students!pulley-science-experiment-using-tin-cans

Simple Machine Projects

Ready to make a simple machine project? We have so many fun simple machines projects ideas using simple items from around your house or classroom.

  • 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

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Simple machines at home

Kids will have fun designing and testing out their simple machines activities they create:

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Making Simple Machines with Household Items

These simple machine experiments are truly the best for exploring and learning while having FUN and creating something amazing!

  • 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

How to make a simple machine

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. These are fun activiteis for kids in social isolation as you can make simple machines around the house .Your hardest choice is which one of these science projects to try first!

I Spy Simple Machines These no prep, free printable simple machine worksheets are a handy way to review what students have learned in a simple machines for kids science lesson. These science worksheets are a great tool to review and assess what kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students have learned.  FREE Simple Machines Game

Simple Machines Worksheet

100 Amazing Food Experiments for Kids - so many clever edible science projects for kids of all ages to explore chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science! #scienceexperiment #scienceproject #kidsactivities capillary-action-science-experiment-for-kids DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc.

Fun Science for Kids

Looking for lots more fun, science experiments for kids? You’ve GOT to try some of these outrageously fun science experiments for kids! We have so many fun, creative and easy science experiments for elementary age children:

This amazing color changing slime is going to blow your mind! This heat sensitive slime will actually change color as your kids touch it because it is heat sensitive! This is a super cool project for kids you MUST TRY! Must try summer activity for kids to add to their summer bucket list  Help kids learn about what is under their skin with this fun, interactive, and hands on human body project for kids from toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. This can be a simple life size human body project or use our free printable templates to add bones of the body, organ templates, and more. This engaging science project is EASY and LOW PREP too.  dying flowers science experiment

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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! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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