Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Balancing Class

Yesterday, we went to two classes at our history museum. The first one was a great class (they're all great!) about balancing.

The children first experimented with balancing a ruler on their 2 index fingers. Then, they worked on balancing different shapes on the eraser of a pencil. This was a lot harder for the kids than I would have thought!

Later, they learned how to balance a pencil on its pointed tip! This was a lot of fun and the children got to take home their balancing pencil. Alexandra is carrying hers around and playing with it a lot. It's hard to see in the photo, but to make it you wrap a wire around the pencil and then put a "glob" of clay at the other end of the wire. Then, you bend the wire in an arch so that the clay is lower than the tip of the pencil.

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