May the 4th Be With You: 21 Ways to Teach your kids about Forces + Books! 2

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It’s May the Fourth, and if you’re a Star Wars fan, you may also know this day as May the Fourth Be with You, a nod to common phrase in the famous movies. Since we’re BIG Star Wars fans at my house, I thought it would be a perfect day to put together a list of different activities and books that can be used to teach kids about the many different kids of Forces.

21+ activities and experiments to do with your kids that will teach them about forces. From friction to magnetic forces, you and your kids will have fun!

I hope you enjoy this list, and spend some time today learning about forces with your kids!

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Learn about Forces at the Splash Park!
How to do a Lego Engineering Project for Second Grade
Why Do Boats Float? PLUS, Ten Easy Ways to Make Toy Boats
Wrecking Ball Physics Experiment {and lesson}
Unpacking Big Discoveries for Little Learners
Balloon Rocket…an easy & FUN Science Experiment for Kids

Friction Forces

Learning about Friction while Playing in the Snow
Science for Kids: Exploring Ramps and Friction
Force and Motion Experiment
Ridiculously Easy Friction Science Experiment Your Kids Will Love



Magnetic Force

Science Experiment for Kids – Magnetic Force
What is a Magnet?



Newton’s Laws of Motion

Teach your child Newton’s First Law of Motion
Inertia Tower
Newton’s First Law Experiment


Join the Steve Spangler Science Club


Static Electricity

What Is Static Electricity? Science Experiment
Static Electricity Butterfly Experiment
Exploring Static Electricity

Centripetal Forces

Circular Motion with Star Wars
Marble Gravitron – SICK Science
31 Days of STEM Activities for Kids: Tornado in a Jar

Gravitational Forces

G is for Gravity Experiment
Easy Science Experiments for Kids: Gravity Activity with Paperclips
How Much Would You Weigh On Each Planet?




Forces Make Things Move (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
Gravity Is a Mystery (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
How People Learned to Fly (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
Forces and Motion Through Infographics (Super Science Infographics)
Move It!: Motion, Forces and You
Forces and Motion
Forces and Motion (Hands on Science)

Make some time today to try one of these experiments out, and enjoy teaching your kids about forces! Which experiment looks the most fun? Which one will you be doing today?

Looking other ways to teach your kids about physics and engineering?  Read some of my other posts about how I’m teaching my son!

Angry Peep: A Failed Experiment
Teach your Kid about Biomechanical Engineering

STEM In the Kitchen
Tinker Crate: Exploring Polymers
Tinker Crate: Circuits and Optics
Teach your kid to be a Materials Engineer
Teach your kid to be a Project Engineer
Teach your kid to be a Reliability Engineer
Teach your kid to be a Mechanical Engineer
Be a Process Engineer: Play “How’s it Made?”
Exploring Energy: How Are Height and Distance Related?
An Explosive View of a Dinosaur!

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