*disclaimer: not sensory at all….sorry! Still lots to learn.
Last week I taught J about items being ‘the same and different’ and this week I wanted to do ‘push and pull’, mainly because a cart horse in one of his favourite books has been pulling loads and I wasn’t sure he understood?
I then remembered a science lesson (originally aimed at 12 year olds) about force that I adapted for this game.
- 2 chairs (or trees)
- Sting, wool or any other kind of ropey stuff
- Tape (I used electric tape so that it was more visually obviously, you could use celotape or even plasters.
I basically blew up the balloons (which made j laugh…until one popped, which caused a break down) took a straw and cut it in half, taped the straw to the balloon (see below)
‘Ta-dar’ and we were ready to race the balloons by ‘pushing’ them along and then ‘pulling’ them back to the start.
There are many variations that you could do with this – dinning room chairs indoors if it’s raining, more than 2 balloons if you have more little monsters at home, or you could even add height to one end to create a little more gravity. Like I said, I kept them flat because I wanted J to specifically push and pull, plus he is only 2 years old and perhaps an older child may like more challenge…you could even get the monsters to create an obstacle course for the balloons.
The best thing about this was it look 2 seconds to create and was a clear visual aid to teach him. I also left it out for several days (until the balloons shrivelled up) for J to explore by himself.
Warning: popping balloons may send your toddler into hysterics, mine is scarred for life (haha)