Recently our children have been learning about inclined planes, force, motion and speed. And how do they do this? Through play of course!
Making ball tracks outdoors with plumbers pipe, guttering and cardboard tubes:
Faster, slower, higher, lower, bumpy, smooth, rough, steep, steeper, slanted up, slanted down, roll, slide, stay put, uphill, down hill, incline, force, obstacles, speed, gravity.
Experimenting, co-operating, investigating, measuring, predicting, observing, describing, solving problems.
Inside ramps, outside ramps.
When children are given plenty of time for unstructured, free play with interesting materials amazing things happen!