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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 kids from pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students.

Make science come alive as kids learn about levers and pulleys with these fun simple machine activities and experiments for kids from pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students. 

Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler you will love this fun, simple science lesson to help elementary age kids learn about simple machines. This week we are learning about levers and pulleys with fun hands on science projects and easy explanations that kids can understand.

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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.


Levers and Pulleys 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

Lever and Pulley Examples

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.


Simple Machines Levers and Pulleys

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’nex Education Lever & Pulleys

I Spy Simple Machines simple machines inclined planes  FREE Simple Machines Game Are you learning about simple machines for kids? These no-prep, free printable simple machines worksheets are a handy way to review what students have learned. Use these simple machines worksheet pages to review and assess what kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students have learned. There are various different choices of simple machine worksheet for learning about pulley, wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedge, screw, and pulleys. Simply print the simple machines at home worksheet and you are ready to go!

Simple Machines for Kids

Fun and EASY chromatography projects for kids heat sensitive color changing slime 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.

Science Projects for kids

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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! 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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