Build a Playground

Design and build your own playground! Explore the science behind the motion of different equipments such as a slide, a swing, a seesaw, and a merry-go-round.

Materials

Recycled Materials

Academic Vocabulary

Forces, Motion, Gravity, Centrifugal Force, Pattern, Push, Pull, Balance, Speed, Direction

Standards (NGSS)

3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2

Prompt

Build your favorite part of the playground with materials you can find at home.

Discussion Point 1

How can you make sure that the playground is accessible to all children?

Discussion Point 2

What makes certain parts of the playground, like the swing, the seesaw, and the merry-go-round, move the way they do?

Discussion Point 3

How do you know in advance how the different parts of the playground will behave when you play with them?

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