Understanding that everything has a balancing point.
Get your preschooler to try out different balance positions.
Talk about which are easier and which are harder.
Set up a low balance beam on two bricks with a narrow plank of wood. Get your preschooler to walk across this with their arms out stretched. Ask them to walk again with their arms at their sides which was easier?
Give them a broom to walk across with and then two equally balanced items (cool drink bottles) which was easier?
Practice balancing books on your head when walking. Encourage your preschooler to try with one. Master walking with a book then try speed walking. If a book is too hard use a bean bag.
Give your child some wooden blocks or a deck of cards or any stack-able items. Make towers as high as you can.
Make a simple scale with a clothes hanger and two exact plastic buckets attached to the end. Give them a variety of items to measure and balance out.
Understanding that energy makes something go and that force applied can make things move, speed up or slow down.
Make your body go
Ask your preschooler to move their body by running, walking, jumping or hopping.
Purchase a set of tennis balls. Roll them over flat terrain, down a slide, over smooth ground and over rough spaces. Ask which went fastest?
Use a soccer sized plastic ball. Get your preschooler to roll it, kick it or head it.
Make a paper fan buy folder some card back and forth. Let your preschooler make air move with it.
Give them a straw and a ping pong ball. Get them to blow the ball across a table with the straw.
Make paper airplanes and see which flies the best.
Buy or make a simple kite and go and fly it together on a windy day. To be honest we use to tie a piece of string to a plastic carrier bag, and run around with that. It does the same job, and it is spontaneous, no waiting around.
Incline and friction
Using cars or marbles (whichever you have) make a slope with a wooden plank. Tilt it slightly. Roll the marbles or cars down it. Then cover it with a towel and try again. Which was faster? Introduce the word friction to your preschooler.
Friction Friction is a force which opposes movement and cause the item moving to slow down.
If your toddler is not able to balance well, be sure to check out my Toddler Gross Motor Activities
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