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Children make colorful see-saws and creatures to ride on them in this engaging activity that encourages scientific observation and the drawing of conclusions.
Ask students about favorite playground equipment. How can they make a swing go higher? Are some slides faster than others? Why? Ask someone to describe a favorite see-saw. Introduce the word “fulcrum.” Tell them they will be making miniature see-saws and critters to ride them.
Provide each student with enough Crayola Model Magic to create two small critters. Covering small rocks, balls, or marbles with the modeling compound will give the critters some weight. Model Magic that is fresh from the pack will stick to itself. Dried pieces can be glued together. Provide time for critter making. Encourage creativity. Once critters are complete, set each on a small circle of paper to dry.
Provide students with heavy cardboard for their see-saws and recycled objects to serve as fulcrums. How much does color and design add to pleasure on a playground?
Invite the children to cover their see-saws and fulcrums with white paper decorated with Crayola® colored pencils, markers, or crayons. Encourage the use of geometric shapes and patterns.
When everything is complete, have students assemble their see-saws. Remind them not to attach the board to the fulcrum but to simply balance it there. What happens when they move the board slightly to one side or the other?
Have them set one critter on each end of the board and try to balance it. Invite them to discuss their observations. What are two different ways of balancing the board? (One is to move a critter closer or further from the fulcrum; the other is to change the position of the fulcrum.) Once the board is balanced, have students take one critter off. What happens? What safety rule can students come up with based on what they just observed?
Ask students to write a brief description of this activity including observations they made.
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