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Act Out a Ramp Story

Read a book about ramps and help your child make connections to ramps found in your neighborhood.

Connecting Cube Train Races

Have children build connecting-cube trains to send down ramps, and use nonstandard measuring tools to mark how far the trains travel.

Down the Slide

Test how different materials can make your child move down a slide faster, slower, or not at all.

Explore Together (indoors): Build Ramps

Continue to explore ramp materials, build ramps, and move objects down the ramps. Children discuss and compare how objects move.

Explore Together (indoors): Build Steeper Ramps

Have children build and freely explore sending objects down ramps of different steepness.

Explore Together (indoors): Build Trackways

Have children work in pairs to build a trackway and observe how a marble moves down the track.

Explore Together (indoors): Building Tube Tracks

Have children build tube tracks and explore changing the tracks to make their ball move in different directions.

Explore Together (indoors): Indoor Ramp Rolling

Allow children to freely explore ramps materials and building ramps. Encourage them to record their observations.

Explore Together (indoors): Move Along

Discuss how things with and without wheels move down ramps. Have children work in groups to construct ramps.

Explore Together (indoors): Rolling Around

Challenge children to build a tube trackway and send a marble down the entire length of the trackway. Encourage children to draw or write to record their observations.

Explore Together (indoors): Rolling on Different Surfaces

Explore how different floor surfaces affect how far a ball travels after leaving a ramp. Divide the group onto different surfaces to see on which the ball will go farthest.

Explore Together (indoors): Steeper and Steeper

Have children explore how the steepness of a ramp will affect how far a ball travels. Use two ramps with one being steeper than the other.

Explore Together (indoors): Vary the Obstacles

Children continue to explore ramps and objects that can be obstacles. Have children experiment with using different objects to use as obstacles.

Explore Together (indoors): Vary the Steepness

Have children figure out what they need to do to the steepness of a ramp to make a ball knock over an obstacle.

Explore Together (outdoors): Down the Slide

Bring children outside and have them explore how different objects move when they are sent down the playground slide.

Explore Together (outdoors): Free Exploration

Take children outdoors to build obstacle courses and explore how objects react when they hit an obstacle. 

Explore Together (outdoors): Free Ramp Exploration

Have children continue to explore ramps and how objects move down a ramp. Encourage children predict how an object will behave on a ramp.

Explore Together (outdoors): Hunt for Slides, Ramps, and Tracks

Have children explore ramps, slides, and trackways outdoors and record their observations. Ask children to reflect and share their observations.

Explore Together (outdoors): Ramps All Around

Have children explore ramps in their outdoor environment. Encourage them to draw to record their observations.

Explore Together (outdoors): Ramps with Different Surfaces

Take children outside to compare how objects with varying textures move on ramps with different surfaces.

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