Over the summer Mother Goose Time sent us 20 amazing fun science projects perfect for kids of all ages. That is one of the things I love about Mother Goose Time. In the summer they send out stuff that works for the whole family easy so if you have older school age kids you can order extra for them to enjoy all summer long. This Exploring Friction art project was so much fun and the end result was pretty cool.
This one was pretty easy and a great way for the older kids to get a “feel” for friction. As the ball slides you can feel it slip when covered in paint. All you need is:
- A box or a tray with sides
- Bouncy balls or marbles. Different sizes would be fun to try.
We decided to go with the primary colors so the kids could watch them mix and blend as the balls rolled back and forth. I taped the paper down to the tray on the underside to keep everything where I wanted it as the tray flopped every which way. That was a good choice on my part.
At one point the kids got a little carried away and bouncy balls went everywhere leaving children and the yard painted. The giggles involved were worth the mess and as you all know Baby Bear did not mind one bit. She had already covered herself in marker.
This was a great chance to see how friction works first hand. Then I challenged them to find how friction affects them in other parts of life. They came up with some pretty good observations.
- Friction slows you down when going down a slide.
- Friction slows you down when you stop peddling on your bike.
- You can feel friction when your hands rub together.