Are you looking for a simple S.T.E.A.M. activity to get the kids interested in art and science? LEGO Duplo Pendulum Painting is a fantastic S.T.E.A.M. activity for kids! This project is not only a neat process art project, but also a fun way to demonstrate gravity for a science lesson!
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LEGO Duplo Pendulum Painting
This is an open-ended activity that is perfect for getting kids interested in science, technology, engineering, math and art! Remember, even if you don’t have these exact LEGO® Duplo bricks you can always use what you have! Learning will take place anyway!
- Duplo bricks and plates
- Duplo hook brick (from THIS SET)
- Duplo baseplate
- Large sheet of white paper
- Plastic or styrofoam cup
- Tempera paint (watered down)
To create the pendulum cup, poke a hole in the bottom the cup and under the rim on either side to tie the string. Then thread the string through the top holes in the cup, creating a long handle.
Next encourage the children to build a structure to hang the pendulum from using an assortment of Duplo bricks and plates.
Once the Duplo structure is build, place a sheet of white paper under the hanging pendulum. Fill your pendulum cup with some watered down tempera paint and give the cup a push! Watch the paint drip out of the cup, creating a neat pattern as the pendulum swings.
Questions to Facilitate Learning:
- How can you improve the pendulum?
- What happens when you push the pendulum hard? soft?
- How do you think different types of paints will react with the machine? Let’s try it!
Are you interested in more learning with LEGO® ideas?
Check out our new book The Unofficial Guide to Learning with LEGO®! In it are over 100 hands-on learning activities from literacy to S.T.E.A.M. using LEGO® bricks!
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