My children were getting bored with the same outdoor setting. It was time to change it up a bit. I remembered a creative idea I received from Jeff A. Johnson of Explorations Early Learning. I decided to take his pulley idea OUTSIDE.
Essentially, a pulley is a machine that lifts a load. I placed my pulleys near a load, or in this case, the rocks directly under the pulleys and the sand in the sand box covered by a tarp in the photo.
I gathered the needed supplies from a locate retail store.
- #4 Screw Eye (eye hook)
- 3/16″ Quick Link
- 1-1/4″ Utility Pulley
- 3″x1/2″ Snap Hook (Not pictured. This is the part at the end of the rope which attaches the rope to the handle of the bucket.)
I strip tied a section of the rope to allow the children more control when first being introduced to a pulley system. I didn’t demonstrate how to use a pulley, but let “cause and effect” help pave their way to learning.
Burn the ends of your rope to prevent fraying.
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by Pamela J. Stefanich , Family Child Care Professional