Create your own colorful balancing animals with our free printable below. Explore center of gravity when you try this simple balancing objects activity with the kids. We are always on the hunt for hands-on science activities for preschoolers and this one is just super fun and easy!
FUN CENTER OF GRAVITY EXPERIMENT FOR KIDS
HOW DO YOU BALANCE OBJECTS?
To balance something is to put it in a stable position where it remains upright. The key to balancing objects is even weight distribution. This helps to keep something balanced or stable like these cute balancing animals below!
The clothespins create a balanced force and create a center of gravity which allows the paper animals to balance on our finger!
The center of gravity of an object could also be called its balance point. If you support the center of gravity, the object will balance. If an object is not supported directly below its center of gravity then the object will topple over.
Grab our free animal printable below and make your own cute pets to try this easy center of gravity experiment.
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- Animal Template
- Glue stick
STEP 1: Print and color the dog/cat templates.
STEP 2: Cut out with scissors.
STEP 3: Trace their shape onto card stock and cut them out again. Glue them together.
STEP 4: Attach two clothespins to each shape and try to balance them on your finger. Move the clothespins around to see how it affects the balance.
MORE FUN BALANCING ACTIVITIES
- Learn about balance with fun exercises for kids.
- Use a balance scale to explore weights with this simple preschool math activity.
- Make a balanced mobile you can display.
- Can you balance an apple on your fingertip? (Free apple printable included!)
- Make apple squeeze balls and see how many you can stack.
- Balance coins on a paper bridge with this fun paper bridge STEM challenge.
BALANCING ANIMALS ACTIVITY FOR PRESCHOOLERS
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