Lessons: Simple Machines
The Theory of "Loose Parts" : loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials.
Cub Scout recycling idea on how to make balance scales. Fun idea! We just used what we had handy, but there must be a bazillion different ways to make a simple device that you can compare the weight of two things with. The little red coffee stirrer with the styrofoam arrow made it easier for the kids to see which was heavier when it was a close call between the two weights.
2 different balances to make
Step away from the iPad once in a while, and build something with your kids - like this Balloon Ride!
Balloon racing - a fun force and motion lesson!