16 Preschool Simple Machines Work Trays!

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This theme has been on my mind a long time – and here it finally is! I was at first concerned about whether there would be any (free) simple machines preschool activities out there – and I was happy to find even more than I needed. So here you go, a practical set of 16 Preschool Simple Machines Work Trays!

This week Sid the Science kid helped us learn more about levers, wheels and more with 16 simple machines work trays!

  1. Magnetic Gears
  2. Levers: Hole Punch & Stapler
  3. BrainPop Jr. Simple Machines Movies
  4. Draw Cranky the Crane
  5. Simple Machines Sorting
  6. Sight Words
  7. Take-a-Part Plane
  8. Simple Machines Mini Book
  9. Simple Machines Cards
  10. Levers: Paper Crimping Tool
  11. Lego Catapult
  12. Wheel Exploration
  13. Ramps & Inclined Planes
  14. Sid the Science Kid Simple Machines DVD
  15. Playground Simple Machines
  16. Simple Machines Coloring Pages

Magnetic Gears

  • One of the several toys to make an appearance this week — Gearation is one effective way to look at wheels!
  • I put the gears on a small cookie sheet.

Levers: Hole Punch & Stapler

  • I really do not remember how I acquired a miniature office supply set. The pieces all fit in a tiny color-coordinated plastic bag. The easy-to-punch hole punch and mini-stapler are perfect for discovering levers!
  • All we needed to add were some paper scraps!

BrainPop Jr. Simple Machines Movies

Draw Cranky the Crane

  • We love Cranky the Crane, and he has been used a few times in school!
  • This great example of the use of a pulley was our featured “still life” item to draw this week!
  • He has access to draw with whatever he wants, but I gave him a set of Crayola triangular pencils.


Simple Machines Sorting

  • This simple machines cut & paste activity was tough, but a very good way to categorize simple machines! Dad and E actually debated over some of them — what a good way to apply learning!

Sight Words

  • I used some more simple machines-inspired clipart to highlight Dolch sight words: ONE, HERE, and YELLOW!

Take-a-Part Plane

  • This cool set is a perennial favorite of E’s, and we naturally used it in airplane school. But this time we were using the Battat Take-A-Part Airplane to take a closer look at screws and wheels!

Simple Machines Mini Book

Simple Machines Cards

Levers: Paper Crimping Tool

  • Here is another hands on look at levers with my Fiskars Paper Crimper.
  • All I needed to add here was some paper and thin cardstock scraps!

Lego Catapult

Wheel Exploration

Ramps & Inclined Planes

  • The Fisher-Price Wheelies Construction Carrier provided a great way to look at inclined planes! I also made another ‘ramp’ with two large popsicle sticks taped together.
  • To test the angle and other inclined plane experiments, I included these miniature cars from Cracker Barrel!

Sid the Science Kid Simple Machines DVD

  • We planned this week of school during that time when Netflix had taken Sid the Science Kid down. So we bought Sid the Science Kid: Gizmos & Gadgets, full of simple machines lessons, and for less than $5 I’m surely happy to own it!

Playground Simple Machines

  • More toys that promote learning of simple machines! This time it is the Hape Playground
  • The playmates are three cute fuzzy bears.

Simple Machines Coloring Pages

What a good week! We put a lot of thought into these simple machines work trays and it paid off. He’s at a stage where the screen-based tie-ins are helpful (Sid, Annie & Moby) and reinforce his learning. Probably every day when I get home from work he tells me his arm is a lever and his elbow is the fulcrum!

If you are planning a Simple Machines theme, I would recommend looking around your house for ideas – you might be surprised! Also, the Sid the Science Kid DVD would be a good fit as well. Teacher Susie does a nice job illustrating tough concepts for kids!

This set of simple machines work trays is shared at Preschool and Kindergarten Community Linkup hosted by Homeschool Creations, Montessori Monday Practical Mondays, Tuesday Talk, Turn it Up Tuesdays, Shine Blog Hop, and the Pinworthy Projects Link Party!

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