Explore Even More: Create Your Own Ramp

Touch-a-Truck is practically here! I have a perfect, truck-themed, easy activity for children ages 4 to 11.
We’ll use recycled materials, and toys practically everyone has around their home.

Items:

  • Toy car
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Construction paper
  • Tape/glue
  • Popsicle sticks

The goal for this activity for our kids 4 and up is to create a working ramp. I created my ramp with a few strips of cardboard and taped it to an old box to create a declining slope. I decorated my ramp to look like a road and my toy car did the rest! This is a great opportunity to practice problem-solving skills, lefts, and rights, and even to discuss simple machines. For the little ones participating, it’s an excellent time for fine motor skill practice and even learning about physics!

Vocab:

  • Simple machine: something that helps us do work. Simple machines are the building blocks from which all compound machines are composed. Examples: Lever, Wheel and axle, Pulley, Inclined plane (ramp), Wedge, Screw.
  • Ramp: A sloped, flat surface angled with one end higher than the other. It’s used for raising or lowering a load, in this case a toy car.

-Ms. Jackie
Lead Play to Learn Facilitator