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What Goes Up...

In this activity about gravity (page eight of the pdf), learners will very simply explore how gravity affects objects using balls and toys. They will also explore the different forces they can use in order to make objects move. This is an excellent activity to connect science with something with which the students play with every day. For slightly older children, you can also discuss potential and kinetic energy. This activity is best done outside or in a wide open space.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Various Balls
  • Various Other Toys


  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • Free access


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