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Fun science: Pushes and pulls

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By John StringerPrimary Advisor at Philip Harris

Try these simple activities and basic investigations to help your class understand the nature of forces

Child on pogo stick

Pogo sticks are perfect for investigating pushes and pulls!

Pushes and pulls are the two basic forces that children will most easily identify. Challenge children to label objects they push or pull, and encourage them to think about forces they use as they shape malleable materials. Physical games also give plenty of opportunities for investigating forces. Science educational resource provider, Philip Harris, teamed up with Holden Clough Community Primary School in Ashton-under-Lyne in Tameside to explore some forces. Below and right are three fun activities that were tried and tested by Holden Clough Year 1 and 2 teacher, Helen Woolfenden.

Activities

  1. Action and reaction
  2. Pogo sticks
  3. Super magnets
  4. Mini ramps

1. Action and reaction

Aim: To understand that when objects move, speed up, slow down or change direction, a force (push or pull) is acting.

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