This week for Discover & Explore the theme is Build It! We are inviting you to share your favorite building, construction and engineering activities for kids.
I thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite demolition play activities, a DIY wrecking ball. It so simple, but so fun!
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The idea for this game came up while we were reading Demolition. The text is full of sound words and wonderful verbs that invite kids to join in the movement of the story. It also shows kids all sorts of machinery used for demolition. Mine were most amused by the wrecking ball, so we decided to make one of our own.
We used the leg of an old pair of tights that were too small, but a long song would work well, too. We put a ball inside, and ta-da! Wrecking ball! You can use any kind of ball you like. Ours was about 3 inches in diameter and it lights up on impact. This adds an extra bit of excitement to our play.
The girls love to build towers. Lovey is usually working to build “the tallest tower in the whole wide world.”
When she’s done it’s time for demolition and out comes the wrecking ball! Both of the girls count back from 10 and scream, “DEMO!!” And it’s just as fun no matter how many times they do it!
Beyond the sheer joy of that game, there’s also a lot to learn about force and motion with this activity. We’ve experimented with a variety of blocks, and Lovey and I have discussed how swinging the wrecking ball differently can make a difference. We’ve also used a variety of balls and made observations about how the blocks fall differently (or don’t fall at all) depending on the ball we use.
Now we’d love for you to share how you
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Previous Discover and Explore Themes
- Earth-Friendly Activities
- A Day at the Park (Nature & Outdoor Activities)
- Museums and Fine Arts
- Backyard Games
- Zoos & Wild Animals
Upcoming Discover and Explore Themes
- June 19-Summer Fun
- June 26-Patriotic Resources
- July 3-Beach
- July 10-Vacations
- July 17-Life Under the Sea
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