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Levers and Pulleys Simple Machines Lesson

Make science come alive as kids learn about levers and pulleys with these fun simple machine activities and experiments for kid of all ages!
Levers and Pulleys Lesson - Kids will have fun learning about these simple machines with these hands on activities with lots of science experiments #simplemachines #science #kidsactivities

In case you are just joining our Simple Machines Unit for Preschool, K-5th grade, here is what you’ve missed:

Simple Machines for Kids


Levers and Pulleys

This is the fifth and final part of our Simple Machines hands-on science unit. In this Levers and Pulleys Simple Machines Lesson we have talked about the six simple machines: inclined plane, wheel & axle (including a close up on gears), screw, wedge, lever, and pulley.


Lever Experiments

A door is a type of lever. Depending on where you push on it, it takes more or less force (effort) to move it.  Some examples of a lever include the back side of a hammer, catapult, shovel


simple lever experiments for kids

We tried an experiment to show how levers work. We used a ruler, Lego Duplo as our fulcrum, and a book. Then the kids pushed down on the opposite end.

We experimented how moving the fulcrum (the tension point in the middle of the ruler) made lifting the book either harder or easier depending on which way you moved it. Having the fulcrum closest to the object we were lifting made it easiest .

Ever since our Medieval Ages history unit my kids are even more into castles. So we just had to make the common middle ages lever – a catapult.


Pulleys for Kids

A pulley is a simple machine with one or more grooved wheels connected by a rope. It is used for lifting, lowering, or moving objects. Some examples of pulleys include cable cars, ski lifts, playground zipline, and more.

single pulley hands on experiment for kids

We made a simple pulley to send messages back and forth across the room. This kids thought it was hilarious!

Multiple pulleys make jobs easier

Then we tried an experiment using several pulleys. By having more than one pulley it made the job easier.

This experiment allowed our 4 year old preschooler to pull the rope at the end so that despite mommy and daddy pulling the sticks apart, they went together easily with just her little bit of effort.


K’Nex Lever & Pulley K'next Education Levers and pulleys for simple machine unit
To reinforce both the simple machines we learned about his week (levers and pulleys) we used this fun, hands on K’next Education Lever & Pulleys


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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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