Simple Science Experiment Exploring Force

We love getting hands-on for school. Kids just learn better that way. They remember more, grow more, and lessons just well stick. Science is one of the best topics to work on. We love using Science kits for kids to make putting together experiments a breeze on busy days. On this day we Explored both Force and Friction to discuss how these work together in the world.

For this one, they sent us paper, colored sand, and straws. I only needed to supply school glue. We talked about force, read about it in the cute science book MGT sent called Ingenuity which is sadly not available anywhere anymore. 🙁 After learning about it I told the kids they could see force in action.

Explore Force hands-on with this science experiment

We pulled out the supplies drew shapes onto the paper with a glue stick and blew the sand (used force) to stick it to the glue. The kids got a cool bit of art and a whole lot of fun. The kids decided they would use force to clean off the table when we were done…

That lasted for about 5 minutes. They learned so much from what force is to how they can control it by blowing lighter or harder.

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To my dismay, the children had decided to show their friends what they had learned. I stepped inside to cook dinner and when I stepped back out baby on my hip the older children and half the neighborhood were climbing all over the picnic table COVERED in sand.

When told to clean up the mess before they could have dinner the oldest of the children used my son to sweep the sand off the table… Yes, you read that right.

I only hope none of them went home to repeat this experiment. I may not be the favorite in the neighborhood with my dads home. If it’s not a bounce house as tall as our house it is a messy project or a romp in the mud.

Kids always go home in worse shape than they arrived in their name-brand clothes. Hey, they do sleep well.

Find more fun with science for kids. Check out how to use art to explore friction. Get crazy with safe chemical reactions.

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  • Tess says:

    That is a good way to learn about stuff. Hands on is the best way in my opionin.

  • Jeanette says:

    This is a wonderful way to learn stuff! I think kids learn much better when I physically do it themselves then just reading it from a book. I’ll have to try doing this with my son.

  • Amy Desrosiers says:

    This is a great idea for kids to see just how force works! My kids would probably make races out of this.

  • Tara says:

    What a fun way for children to learn about science. I always found that hands on is the best way to learn.

  • Danielle says:

    This sounds like such a fun, but simple project. And while it may be messy, at least they’re learning, right? Too funny all the neighborhood kids came over to join, haha. I’ll bet they’ll never forget it though.

  • Kathy says:

    I think this is fun for kids. My girls would enjoy it. Sounds simple enough too!

  • Melissa says:

    My son gets home early enough from school and Ive found he is still craving activities! I love this one for teaching him to think outside the classroom! And I bet he will have fun sharing his experience with his teacher and classmates! Thanks for sharing

  • Lisa Favre says:

    What a great way to teach kids about force and science. I’m sure my father-in-law would love to do an activity like this with his future grandson!

  • Tammi Roy says:

    This will be a great experiment to do with the kids this week. I love being able to teach them with fun activities.

  • gingermommyrants says:

    This is a great way to explore force. I will have to try this with the kids.

  • Chelley @ A is For Adelaide says:

    What a fun way to apply science! I really enjoy teaching the kids lessons like this at home!

  • Alicia says:

    What a fun craft and activity that shows the power of force. We’ve made sand art projects before but this is a much more fun way to get the sand on the glue!

  • Jennifer says:

    Experimental learning is the best! And don’t worry too much about the neighborhood kids going home and repeating the experiment – at least they’re learning, right? 😉

  • Aimee Smith says:

    What a fun project! I love how focused my kids get when I get out projects like these!

  • Jonna says:

    I think learning through experimentation is the best way to learn! Great activity!

  • Sarah says:

    What a fun activity to do with the kids. I’ll have to try this with them. It’s a great science project.

  • Dawn Lopez says:

    Educational play is the best! Bonus points that you are a Mom not afraid of the aftermath of all that fun. 😉

  • Claudia Krusch says:

    What a fun way for children to learn!! I’ve always found that hands on is the best way!!

  • Autumn Reo says:

    This is a simple way to teach a great lesson but so helpful. Thanks.

  • Valery Ackley says:

    I’m sure it was messy but these kids will remember it forever! Seriously, I still remember awesome projects like this from when I was little so awesome job!