Once again my husband has taken over the math and science lessons! He really enjoys engaging with our Lil’ girl and teaching her, but I am kinda bummed that he keeps taking the fun math and science activities away from me. Today’s activity is no different; I told him that we were going to build a balance out of a hanger and BOOM! He called dibs.

Reagan really enjoyed this activity and i know you and your Lil’s will too!

 Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Mathematics

  • Describe and compare objects using general measurements such as heavy, light, big, small, short, tall, long, always, never
  • Use nonstandard units to measure items (hand lengths, string lengths, etc.)

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
  • Engage in problem solving activities

Science

  • Make predictions and perform experiments

 Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Measurement

  • Describe and compare objects using general measurements such as heavy, light, full, empty, big, small, short, tall, long, always, never, sometimes
  • Use nonstandard units to measure items (hand lengths, string lengths, etc.)

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
  • Engage in problem solving activities

Science

  • Make predictions, perform experiments, and discuss results

Required Materials

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*Hanger

 

 

*Yarn

*Cups (Plastic or Paper)

 

*Hole Punch

 

*Shells

 

*Sea Animal Beads

Step #1

Use the hole punch to punch two holes along the top of the cup on either side of the cup.

Step #2

Lace the string through the holes and tie the ends in a knot.

Step #3

Hang the hanger on a doorknob and hang the cups on opposite sides of the hanger.

Step #4

Put 3 shells in one cup and 3 beads in the other cup. Ask your Lil’ which cup is heavier and which is lighter?

Can you make them the same? How?

Step #5

Let your Lil’ explore the balance and making one side heavier than the other or making them equal. As they explore the balance and how it works, try to comment on what they are doing. For example, if they fill one cup with shells and it sinks down say, “Wow you added all the shells and it made that side fall because it is really heavy.”

After listening to your commentary, they will likely start to add their own or say things like “I want to make the side with beads heavier.”

Teacher Tip

Your Lil’ will quickly learn how to navigate this activity, but they may not have the vocabulary for it. Help them by commenting with a play-by-play and your own observations and conclusions. You are modeling the vocabulary and how to be a scientist when you do this.

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How cool was this activity!?! Did your Lil’ love it? Did they try to weigh other items? Let us know what you thought and share with us how you adapted it to make it work for your Lil’.