Rubber Bands Archive

The Magic Can

We like to create our own toys, we like to reuse waste materials and of course we like science. If it is the case also for you, you should try the “magic can”. You need a large can with lid, a rubber band, two paperclips and an old battery. Poke a hole in the center of the bottom of the can and in the center of the lid. Hold the …

How to Make a Toy Boat

Today, we will show you a simple way to build a “self-propelled” boat. Or, in this case a boat driven by elastic bands. Surely, your children will enjoy designing it and testing it in the bathtub or in the pool during the summer evenings. A while back I found the idea here. Moreover this month we got inspired by the science-sparks website with a scientific challenge: the construction of a …

Experiments with Musical Instruments: Guitar

One of the easiest ways to understand how sound is produced is by carrying out experiments with musical instruments. We suggest making a simple guitar to play and experiment with vibration. The best thing about this idea is that it is very easy to do and educational for all ages. For smaller children, we made the guitar ourselves and let them explore and experiment with it freely. The older children …

Scientific Toys: Small Catapult

Last week we talked about learning with toys based on a scientific principle. Today we will continue playing with physics by manufacturing a small catapult from simple materials. The idea came from this page, which explained step by step how it is made. Before starting you will need 7 wooden sticks (the ones that they sell for arts and crafts classes similar to the tongue depressors used by the doctors …