Kid Machine

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This activity is on page 3 (continued on page 2) of the pdf, part of the Simple Machines Discovery Box. In this fun activity, learners "create" a complex machine by simulating the parts in action. Learners move their bodies and make sounds as if they are individual parts of a moving machine. Then learners discover what happens when part of a machine is broken and problem solve ways to fix it.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • One or several wood simple machine sets (optional)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Work and Machines
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Designed specifically for

  • Low literacy level


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Access Rights:

  • Free access