5 Jan 2012

More on Simple Machine and Jo's Garden

 We've been studying Simple Machine through books and online sites (read post- Simple Machine) . Well today we decided we'd take it a step further by inventing a really simple one first. Since my girls have friends over for a few days we decided to do it together. The project was a really simple one, a balloon popper and we had great great fun over it! :)

 Well, it starts with a car going down and incline plane. The car hits a lever which is attached to a string. The string pulls up, causing another car on a different lever to move forward hitting some blocks arranged in Dominoes styles. The largest block hits another lever which releases the bowl attached to a pulley. There's a needle attached to the bowl, so when the bowl drops it pops the balloon.



Sounds easy??? Huh....well the kiddos had several plans before they tried this one, and no it wasn't really easy..because sometimes the car didn't hit the lever, sometimes the dominoes did to topple correctly etc etc etc. There were lots of screams, sighs, jumping while shouting "You LouSY Machine!!!" hahaha.... but we didn't give up. There was also lots of laughter! :)

Here's a video of the final outcome.


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Apart from that, my girls have been working on their garden again. Today with the help of Dy and A, they weeded the garden, loosened the soil, made fresh beds for the seeds and planted. Jo chose the seeds, and we ended up planting pumpkins, radish and pak choy (vegetable). Let's hope they'll get to reap the fruits of their labour very soon. :)






8 comments :

Divoo said...

nice to see the kids do gardening! love the activities that you indulge them in, Martha :)

wish you and your family a wonderful year with loads of happiness and love! :)

Karin @Mommy's Paradise said...

That's a wonderful idea with the 'simple machines'. My boy is still a little to young for this so I need to wait some more time for projects like this. But he loves helping to plant seeds and water 'his' plants.

Karin @Mommy's Paradise said...

That's a wonderful idea with the 'simple machines'. My boy is still a little to young for this so I need to wait some more time for projects like this. But he loves helping to plant seeds and water 'his' plants.

Carolyn (Lil' Dahling) said...

You're really an all-rounder mum! Your kids don't have to be part of the school reopen drama?

Martha said...

Gardening is an all time fav. :) Machines..a new found love. Wishing all a good 2012..and a good year of play and learning to all children out there. :)

Martha said...

Gardening is an all time fav. :) Machines..a new found love. Wishing all a good 2012..and a good year of play and learning to all children out there. :)

gail said...

You make learning fun!

Spilled Milkshake said...

I agree with Gail! Simple machines and gardening - so much fun!

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