06 Sep Play, Grow, Read: A Place to Learn Newton’s Three Laws
When it comes to motion, Newton’s Three Laws summarize everything you need to know about teaching young children about how things move.
I. Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.
II. The relationship between an object’s mass m, its acceleration a, and the applied force F is F = ma. In this law, the direction of the force vector is the same as the direction of the acceleration vector.
III. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
If you’re already lost, we’ve got the perfect places where you can test this out! Our Play, Grow, Read spaces are, well, growing. We’ve added magnet walls at our Rolling Prairie and Coolspring locations. The Magnet Wall was developed to provide a hands-on, minds-on, open-ended means for experiencing Newton’s Laws of Motion.
Stop in to one of these locations and try Newton’s theories yourself. Use some new words with your child like motion, travel, collision, momentum, force, energy, push, pull, forward, backward, speed, trajectory, energy, kinetic energy, accelerate, decelerate, quick, slow, crash, bump, velocity, increase, decrease, stop, rest, continue, pathway, course, system. Experiment with the ramps, tubes, tunnels, balls, and cups. Most of all, have fun!