Tuesday, May 29, 2012

preschool physics

Mrs Kureshi, my high school physics teacher, would be very pleased to note that one of her least successful students was teaching physics to preschoolers.

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!


  1. Isn't it just the best way to do it! Soooo much better than boring flashcards and worksheets! I just LOVE watching Jack as he tries to work out why his wooden blocks keep falling over or why his ball keeps getting stuck when he tries to roll it down the stairs. They may not know the scientific terms for what they are discovering but that definitely doesn't mean their understanding is any more diminished.

    Wouldn't you just love to know their thought processes - what dialogues they are having in their heads which lead them to try different things? Love it.

    P.S Welcome back :)

  2. These students may grow up to be the next "Dr. Sheldon Cooper" from the Big Bang Theory sitcom on CBS in the USA. Do you get that show over there? http://www.cbs.com/shows/big_bang_theory/

  3. What a fab idea. Our children are one and just turned four (with SN). We are going to home educate and I'm always on the look out for great new ideas to help teach my children the sciences and early maths!

  4. Some great thoughts there! Perhaps i shall be able to discuss my teen's physics subject after all after playing outside with her and the twins lol!

  5. love this blog. linking to it at www.homelearningresources.com

  6. My favorite kind of fun - playing with ramps and tubes! It's clear that your children were having a blast while they learned so, so much!

  7. thank you- i would like to do this on my childcare prac with kindy children