The other day, we played with a ramp for the first time!
This super simple science introduction is very easy to set up with items you have on hand. Set up the activity, then let your toddler take over – and your first toddler play with a ramp may or may not go quite differently than you’d thought 😉
(N was 1 year and 2 months old.)
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Materials for Toddler Play with a Ramp:
- A board or sturdy cardboard to serve as a ramp.
- Toy cars.
I put one end of the board on a small ledge on one of the pillars on our patio. Alternatively, you could put books or anything else underneath that can hold up one end of the ramp. Or you can hold it up with your hands. Older kids could even hold up one end themselves and experiment with different angles.
The first thing N did was move the board and lay it flat on the ground 😉
After he’d driven his cars on the flat board for a while, he let me turn it into a ramp for him again.
I talked to him about how it was a ramp now and about how it was now a little harder to push the cars up the incline.
He tried it out and drove his cars all over the ramp – but his favorite maneuver was driving them as high up the wall as he could 😉
I showed him how the cars could go down the ramp without being pushed, but he wasn’t really into that aspect.
Along the way, the ramp came down again. For a while, N had the board halfway in his lap, making for a different kind of ramp. I think there were a few car crashes on that one 😉
Super simple, quick to set up, simple materials, educational – I love this kind of activity 🙂
Has your toddler played with a ramp? What’s your favorite super simple science activity? Leave a comment below!
Here are a few more simple science ideas for you to try!
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