November 12, 2022

# How to Make a Pulley Simple Machines Experiment for Kids

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In this pulley experiment you will get a chance to make your very own pulley system. This pulley experiments is such a fun science project to teach children about simple machines for kids Â and to learn to enjoy engineering their own solutions. Use this simple machines for kids project with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 4th grade, and 5th graders. We will show youÂ how to make a pulley for kids with a hands-on STEM activity for kids of all ages!

## Pulley Experiment

In our age of complicated machinery, it’s easy to forget that even the most complicated mechanics are just a large set of simple machines. We use complicated machines for parts of our lives, and too often push through tasks when a little bit of ingenuity would make the task much easier. Pulleys can be used to make various types of elevators, or in converting fly wheels to useful energy as in an old fashioned mill. This simpleÂ pulley expeirment is a great hands-on simple machines for kids to help kids understand how pulleys work to make things easier! This funÂ pulley experiments will be done by making simple machines with household items!

## Pulley Experiments

Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – thisÂ pulley science project is fun and easy to learn aboutÂ simple machines for kids. Use it cooperatively with other students or make it as a family. ThisÂ pulley system experiment is a simple science project for kids of all ages to design and understand the workings of pulley for kids.

## How to Make a Pulley for Kids

Why pulley’s work

Pulley’s are used to redirect the the tension in cord of some kind . By allowing the work to be done in the same direction as gravity, They pulley allows an object to be lifted with less force. Every pivot point exerts upward force on the system, again decreasing the amount of force needed. Of course, all this decrease in force comes at a cost. Each pulley also increases the distance over which the force will need to be applied. These are all lessons your child can figure out for himself with his own pulley system.

## Pulley science project

All you need are a few simple materials you can find in your home or recycling bins to try this pulley experiments 5th grade for making your own pulley:
• Large box or sheet of cardboard.
• Cans of two different sizes from the recycle bin
• Yarn or rope
• A bottle of water
• Small bucket
• Weights. I used our Picasso Tiles, but any object would work. Rocks or Silver wear could be good solutions as well.
• Hot glue

## Pulley experiment for kids

If you are working with older students, allow them to set up their own by gluing the cans in what they think may be optimal positions.Â  If you are working with younger students, teach them how to make a pulley by gluing the small cans in a couple of rows so that they can experiment by hooking up their pulley in various ways. Place the larger cans over the smaller cans to make a pulley that turns easily.

## Pulley experiment at home

Attach one end of the string to the bucket, and the other to the bottle off water.
Tell your child to draw a picture of your pulleys. In two different colors draw two different ways that the string could be looped through the pulleys. Write a paragraph explaining which set up will move more easily and why.
Loop the string over the pulleys
Add weights until the bottle of water moves. (Hint: Only fill the bottle half way for easier lifting.)
Try a different configuration and repeat.
After your child has experimented with a few different set ups of this pulley science experiment, ask them to write a paragraph explaining how using more or less pulleys changes the force needed to lift something. Ask them to explain how the spatial relation of the pulleys changes things.

## Pulley project for grade 4

If your child is ready for more of a challenge with this simple pulley experiment, ask him or her to engineer a system which uses pulleys and another simple machine such as a lever or zipline to move a cup of water from one point to another.
Can he or she think of an easier way to refill water glasses at the dinner table? Maybe when you’re outside for a picnic? What task can your inventor make easier with pulleys?
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##### Responses
1. vandana

what a great experiment! I just love it

2. I am going to use this for my highschool simple machines science fair! I was looking all over, and then I saw this, and I’m totally doing it!