Happy Earth Day! In celebration of Earth Day, we made a balance scale from recyclables. We are also joining AllterNATIVElearning in an Earth Day Blog Hop, so be sure to check out the rest of the awesome posts shared there!
A while back we made a real play garden, and and this balance scale from recyclables to have some fun learning. Although it is not a perfectly good type of scale, it is perfect for beginners: to see the difference between heavier and lighter objects.
It was made from an old plastic hanger, the rope of a broken skipping rope and two plastic bottles.
I cut the top pieces of the bottles and pulled the rope through, making knots at the bottom. The rope is obviously tied around the hanger so it hangs evenly at both sides.
We hung it on the back wall of our garden, and had fun comparing different sized nature objects, for example: one rock vs 5 rocks of similar size, one big rock vs 5 smaller rocks, dirt vs rocks etc. Science and maths, all-in-one fun learning opportunities.
In the top right photo, Lella realized the dirt can go through like a funnel when the rope is pulled, so our balance scale became a multipurpose learning tool! Fun, and educational: just how we like it!
We try and reuse recyclables in our play often. You can get more Recycle & Create Ideas, or Upcycle Ideas from our Pinterest Boards or get some ideas from Life over C’s and In the Playroom, to name a few green kid bloggers.
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