Playing with Forces/Playground Equipment

STIXX Swing (ridden by a Teddy Bear)Rocking Horse
STIXX Swing (ridden by a Teddy Bear)Rocking Horse

The introduction is about forces and where and how we use them in Playground Equipment. The students are then split into groups of five, with an adult in each group. Using the STIXX machine to make the newspaper rods and masking tape, each group in a class makes a different piece of playground equipment, a Swing, a Climbing Frame, a See-Saw, a Rocking Horse, a Table and a Stool. The Stool should be strong enough for the students to use at the Table and the Swing stands 1.2m high. The structures can be left up, but will fill quite a space. Some schools get a team or two to make STIXX Rockets instead of a Playground Structure. It is also possible to mix teams so some do Homes at the same time; however the introduction to cover Homes, Playground Structures and Forces gets a little long! After I have finished the activity the Structures can be painted and waterproofed.