These simple machines worksheets are such an easy way for kids to learn the basics about the science behind simple machines! Use these free printable science worksheets at home or in your classroom for learning fun!




We LOVE science around here, if that wasn’t already obvious! Letting kids learn and explore the world around them with their hands is an invaluable tool to make lessons stick.

These printable worksheets for kids will explore the following simple machines:

  • INCLINE PLANE – The incline plane is a simple machine that has a fancy name meaning flat, sloping surface.
  • LEVER – A lever is a straight bar or rod that turns on a pivot point, or fulcrum.
  • PULLEY – A pulley is a wheel on an axle or shaft that is designed to support movement and change of directions of a taut cable or belt, or transfer of power between the the shaft and cable or belt.
  • SCREW – A screw transforms energy from turning into up and down energy. So by turning a screw, you can lift things up, push things down, and hold things together.
  • WEDGE – The wedge may be the original simple machine. It’s mainly used for splitting or separating things.
  • WHEEL AND AXLE – The wheel and axle is a machine consisting of a wheel attached to a smaller axle so that these two parts rotate together in which a force is transferred from one to the other.

Add to the learning with fun and hands-on simple machine projects!

Archimedes Screw


If you want some more hands-on projects you can do with simple machines try some of these ideas:

These printable simple machines for kids worksheets are easily used at home or in the classroom. Definitions are paired with pictures to simplify identifying simple machines in everyday life.


Make learning about these simple machines fun by incorporating these worksheets. Have students identify simple machines, learn how to spell and write their names, and even cut and label common objects, which are examples of simple machines!


These work great for elementary students. The worksheets are challenging enough for older kids, but the information is simplified enough that younger students could also benefit from these.


Kids will have fun exploring these simple machines. Hands-on science is so important for kids; we love watching their eyes light up as they learn. Use these projects and ideas to enrich your classroom or for fun learning at home.


Printable Simple Machines Project Pack

Explore six simple machines, including the wheel, axle, lever, screw, incline plane, pulley, and wedge, with easy-to-digest information and doable projects!

Realistic and time-friendly activities for demonstrating each of the 6 simple machines! Plus, the supplies are all common and easy to find!

What’s Included:

  • 6 simple machines projects: One for each machine, including the wheel/axle, lever, wedge, screw, pulley, and inclined plane 
  • Instructions, pictures, and templates (if applicable) for each project
  • Informational sheet on each simple machine with easy-to-digest information that is perfect for kids to read.
  • A quick video to watch illustrating the different machines.
  • Fun extras are perfect for early finishers, quiet time, or to send home to extend the learning.